Maintenance

Synthetic engine lubricants are not new, but their cost has made them unattractive. That may be changing.

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Synthetic Oils & Lubes: Made to Measure

Synthetic oils make up only a small part of the lubricant market, but they are set to take on a more significant role

There's always activity in developing new brake friction material. But new legislation and new players are forcing the pace. (Photo by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake)

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Friction In Focus: Trends in Brake Friction Manufacturing

Brake manufacturers are continually working with their friction material suppliers on new materials that satisfy the market's demand for noise, cost and wear with no compromise in performance. But there are also external pressures for change

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EGR Cooler Maintenance

The Technology and Maintenance Council has a Task Force looking in to EGR cooler maintenance

Your coolant/antifreeze is the heart of your cooling system - and there are more choices to keep on top of than there used to be. (Photo by Jim Park)

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Running Cool: Maintaining Your Cooling System

Twenty years ago, putting coolant in a heavy truck could be a bit like a kid's chemistry experiment. You started out with silicate-based coolant/antifreeze designed for cars and light trucks

Trucks are getting heavier, especially on the front axle. But help is at hand with new weight-saving front-end introductions. (Photo by Jim Park)

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The Weight is Over: New Front-End Introductions

Fleets spec'ing new trucks are suffering several stages of sticker shock. For one, the price has just jumped another $10,000 for EPA 2010-compliant engines

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The Pressure of Events

With limited opportunity to walk the Mid-America Trucking Show due to the number of press conferences and the vast number of exhibitors, it was gratifying indeed to turn up an innovative new technology that could transform a fleet's tire maintenance

Truck fires have always been with us, but they have taken on a greater significance for their far more comprehensive and catastrophic nature.

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Tips to Avoid Vehicle Fires

"I don't know if there are more truck fires today or just that, now, they are catastrophic when they happen," says Bruce Purkey of Purkey's Fleet Electric.

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)

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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)

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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)

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Tracking Tire Performance

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