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October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls ProMaster, Grand Caravan for Tire Monitors

Photo of 2014 Ram ProMaster van courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Two separate recall campaigns, covering 33K light trucks in the U.S., will fix problems that can lead to false warnings from tire pressure monitoring systems.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, Minivans, 2014-MY, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Cargo Vans

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

New API Oil Standard May Be Ready in 2017

Testing is under way for the new API oil standard PC-11, but it could be 2017 before we see it implemented, according to an update from an oil company representative involved in developing the new standard.

Tags: Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11, Low-Viscosity Oil, Engine Oil, GHG

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for More Than 3,000 Volvo Trucks

Two recalls have been issued for Volvo trucks. One involves disc brake problems on VAH, VNL, and VNM model trucks; a smaller recall affects D16 engines in VNL and VNX models.

Tags: Safety, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA, Brakes, Engines

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Cooper Makes Progress on Guayule-Rubber Tire

The guayule plant can produce a substitute source of rubber. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cooper Tire and Rubber has completed builds of tires made of natural rubber sourced from the guayule plants.

Tags: Sustainability, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Rubber, Guayule

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Automatic Tire Inflation System in Fleet Testing

A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company tire test engineer checks the pressure on a tire equipped with the company's Air Maintenance Technology. Photo:  Goodyear.

Goodyear will test its Air Maintenance Technology for commercial vehicles -- which keeps tires inflated without any external pumps or electronics -- on trucking fleets over the next year and a half.

Tags: Technology, Air Maintenance Technology, Tire Inflation, Tires, Goodyear, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Inflation

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Schedules Suspension Training for November

The Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute scheduled the next date for its heavy duty suspension training program on Nov. 18 -20.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, Suspensions, Hendrickson, Trailer Suspensions

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Noregon Co-Develops Diagnostic Tool for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Photo via Power Solutions International.

Jointly developed by Noregon Systems and Power Solutions International, the PSI PowerLink is a diagnostic software program designed for PSI’s alternative-fuel power systems.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Alternative Fuels, Noregon Systems, Power Solutions International

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

TMD Announces Dates for Brake Training Classes

A brake training class in 2014. Photo: TMD Friction.

TMD Friction announced 2015 class dates for its quarterly brake training course. There will be classes on Feb. 4, April 29, Aug. 12, and Nov. 11 in Troy, Mich.

Tags: Training, Brakes, TMD Friction, Technicians, Technician Training

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Investigating Possible Failure of Michelin Auto-Hauler Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating six complaints it has received alleging steer tire failure involving Michelin’s 2014 XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires used on auto-haulers.

Tags: Michelin, Safety, Truck Tires, Investigation, Tires, NHTSA, Auto Haulers

October 14, 2014 - Product News

Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

Rendering courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Hail Storms

Here is some advice on what steps drivers can take to stay safe and protect their vehicle in a major hail storm.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Hail Damage

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Sells Mascot Brand to Investor Group

Mascot transmission remanufacturing. File photo: Jim Park

Meritor has sold its Mascot operations in Canada and the United States to an entity that will operate under the name Mascot Industries LLC. All other Meritor brake and trailer axle remanufacturing operations, as well as Meritor's distribution business, are not affected by the sale and will continue to operate as usual.

Tags: Canada, Aftermarket Parts, Meritor, Remanufacturing, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

SuperTech Participation Improves Training, Saves Money, Maintenance Execs Report

The Technology & Maintenance Council’s SuperTech competition recognizes and improves technicians’ skills. But Mike Delaney's interviews found that winning is not the only thing. It also improves entire companies.

Tags: Technician Training, TMC SuperTech, Technology & Maintenance Council, Technicians, In the Shop

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Tread Dealer Celebrates 40 Years

Photo: Marangoni

Parmenter, Inc. celebrated 40 years in business recently, announced Marangoni Tread North America who uses Parmenter as a Ringtread dealer.

Tags: Tires, Anniversary, Retreads, Marangoni

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Mark McLean of FedEx Freight Wins TMC SuperTech Again

Mark McLean (right) accepts applause after being named champion at SuperTech luncheon. George Arrants, program chairman, made the announcement.

Mark McLean was declared the winner of the TMC SuperTech National Technicians Skills Competition for the second straight year, helpng FedEx technicians sweep the top three spots in the event.

Tags: ATA, Technicians, TMCSuperTech, FedEx, Technology & Maintenance Council, FedEx Freight

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Engine 'Downspeeding' Can Cause Driveline Failures, TMC Attendees Told

Driveline damage from engine torque “spikes” is among the many nuts-and-bolts subjects discussed by fleet managers and supplier representatives this week at a maintenance conference in Florida.

Tags: Downspeed, Spec'ing, Torque, Technology & Maintenance Council, Dana, Detroit Diesel, Meritor, Transmissions, Axles, Drivelines

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Third-Party Maintenance Growing

Larry Chaplin speaks at TMW's Transforum on the rise of outsourced maintenance. Photo: Master Fleet

Third-party logistics companies set a template in the transportation industry that has guided the rise of third-party maintenance providers, according to Larry Chaplin, president of Master Fleet LLC, at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Maintenance outsourcing, Outsourcing, TMW Systems, Technicians

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

SuperTech Qualifiers Move on to Next Stage of Competition

CORRECTED2 -- An original field of 133 technicians was narrowed down to 112 in the first round of the 10th annual SuperTech competition, going on this week as part of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: Events, Technicians, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 63,000 Fleetguard Fuel Filters Recalled

Cummins Filtration is recalling more than 63,000 fuel filters due to the possibility they could fail. The filters were distributed in both the aftermarket and on certain Cummins engines manufactured earlier this year.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, Navistar, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Fleetguard, Daimler Trucks North America, Cummins Filtration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

CMA Says Non-Compliant Markings on Double Coin Tires Don't Pose Safety Problem

CMA has notified the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that some 1.75 million Double Coin branded truck radial tires have non-compliant sidewall markings, but it says the non-compliance does not pose any safety or performance issues.

Tags: Recalls, Double Coin, Tires, CMA, NHTSA

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

133 SuperTech Competitors Ready for Testing, Organizers Say

Geroge Arrants, a long-time leader in the SuperTech program (left), and Michael Meredith, this year’s Professional Development chairman, say that a crew of supervisors and judges from fleets, suppliers and technical schools are ready to test 131 technicians beginning Monday.

Organizers of TMC's SuperTech competition in Orlando, Fla., say they are ready to test 133 top technicians from across the United States beginning Monday. High scorers will emerge after two days of pitting their skills against pre-arranged flaws in 25 different areas of truck diagnostics and repairs, with the winners announced at a lunch on Wednesday.

Tags: Maintenance, Technicians, TMC SuperTech

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Challenging FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

One trucking company is challenging an out-of-service order it received in August from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following a fatal accident.

Tags: Maintenance, FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

TMC’s 2014 Fall Meeting Next Week

TMC SuperTech Competition: Photo via TMC.

The American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its Fall Meeting Sept. 22-25 at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Events, TMCSuperTech, Technicians

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Passes 200th Truck Tire Care Location

Love’s Truck Tire Care is now available at more than 200 of the company’s travel stops across the U.S.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Maintenance, Truckstops, Tires, Aftermarket

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