CSA and the Maintenance BASIC

Seventy to 75 percent of all CSA points can be traced back to maintenance or unsafe driving violations, says Drew Anderson, director of sales for Vigillo, which provides CSA compliance services


Embracing the Age of the Air Disc Brake

A while ago I was sitting on a bench in downtown St. Louis with a grande bold coffee in my paw and a reflective mood infusing me with big thoughts. Or maybe just regular-sized thoughts, but definitely about big things


HVAC: Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants of the Future

There may be a new refrigerant in your future. This year, the first stage of a European Union ban goes into effect on mobile refrigerants with a global warming potential greater than 150 in new car and light-truck platforms


Wheel Balance From the Inside Out

The next time you're driving alongside a truck at highway speed, have a look at the wheels. They should be running straight and true without any wobble or vibration


2010 Engine Scorecard: Updated

There are several themes that run through almost any conversation about 2010 engines these days. Mostly they represent good news, we found as we talked to a variety of fleets in a follow-up to last October's "EPA 2010 Engine Scorecard.


Pushing Out Trade Cycles Can Save Money, But It Isn't for the Ill Informed

Many fleets have discovered in recent months that you can't put 10 pounds of rocks into a 5-pound bag. Pushing trade cycles for highway trucks to squeeze a few more months or a year out of an asset may seem feasible, but the unplanned costs can eat you alive


Schneider Tackles Summer Tire Problems

Excessive heat, road construction, impending safety regulations and other factors created a tire shortage within the trucking industry last summer, sidelining a record number of tractors and trailers


The Risks of Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Blends

When the temperatures warm up, it's a good time to remind technicians and drivers about the dangers associated with hydrocarbon refrigerants being sold as cheap substitutes for R-134a and R-12


Fewer than Half of Fleets Use Fleet-Specific Software for Maintenance

Fewer than 44 percent of fleets maintain their vehicles using software designed for that specific purpose, and one in three still uses paper and pencil or nothing at all, according to a survey by a maintenance software supplier


TMC reefer task force: Timely trailer repairs important

It's not enough to write the correct specs for trailer insulation values when you order. Proper maintenance and repairs are vital. The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA has a task force on preserving reefer insulation values


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