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January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Converts Bulk Oil Program to High Efficiency Oil

Ryder is now using 10W-30 grade oil to service all Ryder lease, rental and maintenance customer vehicle as part of the company’s preventive maintenance program.

Tags: OIl, Ryder System, Low-Viscosity Oil, Preventive Maintenance

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Takes Aim at Commercial Trucking Safety, Distracted Driving

Photo via NTSB

Strengthening commercial trucking safety is one of four new issues on the National Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2015, including active safety systems and underride guard improvements, while distracted driving returns to the list.

Tags: Regulations, Distracted Driving, NTSB, Driver Health, Underride guard, Medical Examiners

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Enterprises to Expand Trailer Maintenance

Photo: Fleet Enterprises

A Midwest/Northeast mobile maintenance and repair company is turning to independent contractors to help it expand its trailer maintenance offerings.

Tags: Trailers, Maintenance Contract, Independent Contractors, Fleet Enterprises

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Officially OKs Non-Compliant Double Coin Tires

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration officially notified CMA and Double Coin Holdings that Double Coin Tires missing a load rating sidewall marker are not a threat to vehicle safety.

Tags: Double Coin, Safety & Compliance, CMA, NHTSA

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Brake Defects Up in CVSA's September Inspection Blitz

File photo courtesy Kentucky State Police.

Bad components and adjustment caused inspectors to place a higher percentage of trucks out of service during 2014's Brake Safety Week than during the '13 event, says the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Tags: Safety, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, inspections

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

HDT's Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

Photo: Jim Park

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors have a lot to say. Check out a few of the most popular musings from Deborah Lockridge, Jim Park and Tom Berg in 2014.

Tags: Accidents, Trailers, Speeding, Blogs

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Sidewall Blisters Prompt CMA Trailer Tire Recall

China Manufacturers Alliance is recalling certain Bluestar LQ225 size 8-14.5 low platform trailer tires manufactured Feb. 24, 2013, to Aug. 9, 2014.

Tags: Recalls, China Manufacturers Alliance, NHTSA, Tires and Wheels

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Marangoni Facility Produces 4 Millionth Tread

The 4 millionth tread coming off the production line at the Madison plant: Photo: Marangoni.

Marangoni Tread North America manufactured the company’s 4 millionth tread at its Madison, Tennessee, facility.

Tags: Retreads, Marangoni, Tires and Wheels, Tires

December 23, 2014 - Press Release

Michelin Updates Dealer Locator App

The Michelin Dealer Locator App: via Google Play Store.

Michelin Americas Truck Tires upgraded its dealer locator app, offering drag and drop capability, type ahead functionality, more search options and one-click access to all key dealer information.

Tags: Michelin, Information Technology, Google Maps, Mobile App, Tires

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Gives Out Awards for Tech Skills Rodeo

Belt buckles were given out to the winners of each division and trophies were awarded to the grand champions: Photo: Steven Martinez.

Rush Enterprises named technician Erick Lincoln of Albuquerque, New Mexico, its all-around champion for the company’s ninth Tech Skill Rodeo. The competition took place Dec. 15-16 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Awards, Technicians, Rush Tech Skills Rodeo, Dealers

December 11, 2014 - Press Release

Betts Truck Parts & Service Unveils New Website

Betts Truck Parts & Service, one of three divisions of the Betts Company, has announced the launch of its new website at BettsTruckParts.com.

Tags: New Website, Betts Company, Betts Truck Parts and Service

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Mack, Volvo Open Joint Uptime Center

Customer Uptime agents take calls at the the joint Mack/Volvo Uptime Center recently opened in Greensboro, N.C. Photo by Jim Park.

The joint Mack and Volvo Uptime Center brings all of the companies' aftermarket experts under one roof, where the support people and their expertise can get immediately to work on a customer downtime problem.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Dealers, telematics, Downtime

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report

Photo: Con-way

As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, DVIR

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Michelin Developing Airless Tire/Wheel Called 'Tweel'

The Tweel SSL is designe for use on skid steer loaders. Photo courtesy of Michelin.

The Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire is a non-pneumatic tire for commercial vehicles that connects the tire and wheel with a rigid hub connected to a shear beam made of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes.

Tags: Michelin, Tires, Skid Steer, Mowers, Loader

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Trucks Launches Dealer Technician Competition

The inaugural Mack Masters Competition will challenge teams of service and parts personnel throughout Mack Trucks’ North American dealer network to demonstrate their superior knowledge, skills and teamwork: Photo via Mack Trucks.

Mack Trucks recently launched a new skill contest open to technicians in its dealer network called the Mack Masters Competition. There will be 991 participants making up 263 teams in a competition of hands-on skill and knowledge of Mack systems and procedures.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Competition, Technician Training, Technicians, Mack Masters Competition

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Opens Service Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber added a new Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center in the Greensboro area of North Carolina.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Tires, Service Center, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Summit Opens Lease and Rental Facility in Kansas City

Photo: Summit Holdings.

Summit Holdings opened a new truck lease and rental facility in Kansas City, Kan. It will also function as a parts and service location, housing 10 service bays as well as diagnostic equipment for repairs.

Tags: Leased Vehicles, Kansas City, Parts and Service, Fuel, Summit Truck Group

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC to Focus on Future of Fuel at Annual Meeting

Booths at the 2014 TMC Annual Meeting.

The Technology & Maintenance Council announced a “Fueling the Future” theme for its 2015 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, taking place in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: Fleet Maintenance, TMC, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Management, Events

November 3, 2014 - Product News

Betts Truck Parts Brings Advanced Support to Customers

Photo via Betts Truck Parts & Service.

Betts Truck Parts & Service announced that it would be providing advanced drivetrain product support by making its drivetrain products manager available to customers.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Eaton, Drivetrains, Betts Truck Parts and Service

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

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