Super Therm can be sprayed over large areas or rolled onto smaller surfaces. Coating needn't be cleaned to stay effective and lasts more than 20 years. (Photo by Curt Lundberg)


Ceramic Roof Coating Saves Fuel for Food-Hauling Fleet

Sunshine brings warmth and happiness, but to refrigerated trailers it brings only heat, and too much of it

No-lube fifth wheels are gaining acceptance, but they still require periodic inspection, and perhaps adjustment. (Photo by Jost International)


Fifth Wheel Maintenance

While the calendar says we've just about made it through another winter, as these words materialize on my screen, the Northeast is digging out from three days of record snowfall

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)


Tracking Tire Performance

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

As truck manufacturing gets increasingly global and the costs for new components spiral, chassis like this Freightliner being assembled in Saltillo, Mexico, carry an increasing number of in-house components. (Photo by STF)


Vertical Integration: Friend or Foe?

There is a creeping vertical integration in North American truck manufacturing


Four Ways to Make Onsite Product Training More Effective

When you spec a component, often training is part of the package. Training helps established suppliers set themselves apart from those selling cheap parts without any customer support, and generally there's no out-of-pocket expense to the fleet or dealer

Rust forming inside steel saddle tanks might be caused by ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, some maintenance people believe. This rusty tank was on a Ford truck operating in northern Georgia. (Photo by Chris Sands)


Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

Is ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel causing rust in steel fuel tanks? A shop foreman in Georgia believes that the relatively new fuel, or perhaps biodiesel blends, are to blame for the damaged saddle tanks he's seen in the last yea

A supplemental filter must be carefully mounted so it works effectively and allows the engine's oil circulation system to continue its job.


Make Supplemental Filters Pay

Cleanliness is next to godliness, so some truck operators change motor oil religiously according to manufacturers' recommendations. Others extend drain intervals but use supplemental filtration and oil analysis to do it safely and make sure the oil stays clea


The Path to Parts Savings: Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Budget

Times are tough. Fleets are scrambling for freight to fill trucks, shippers are beating up carriers on rates, and truckers are keeping their equipment longer because they can't afford to buy new


Where Does Underhood Heat Go? Into the Cab

As engineers, one of our biggest challenges is how to deal with underhood heat. Because of aerodynamics and other styling changes, the engine box on trucks is smaller and more densely packed than it ever has been

(Photos by Steve Sturgess)


Rush Technicians Compete For Top Spots in Skills Rodeo

In the by-now familiar holidays ritual, Rush Enterprises held its fourth Technician Skills Rodeo, drawing techs from across its far-flung 62-facility truck center empire

How a Collaborative Approach To Fleet Fuel Maintenance Can Improve Vehicle Uptime
Find out how Penray’s collaborative approach to fleet fuel maintenance can improve vehicle uptime! Penray’s Fuel Doctor program addresses individual fleet needs through testing, independent lab analysis, recommendation of treatments and tank cleaning as well as long term maintenance program planning.
The Process of Turning Maintenance Data Into Actionable Information
Maintenance providers can help fleets gather crucial maintenance data and integrate it into the entire data stream to create intelligence that will improve operations.

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