Maintenance

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March 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Introduces Certified VMRS Specialist Program

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is introducing a Certified Specialist Program for users of the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards, the industry standard coding convention for tracking equipment and maintenance information.

Tags: ATA, TMC, VMRS

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Double Coin Tires and CMA Open New Distribution Center

Double Coin Tires and CMA now has a second North American distribution center with the opening of a West Coast distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Tags: Double Coin, Tires, Wheels, CMA

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Inland Truck Parts Expands Denton, Texas Facility

Inland Truck Parts has reinvested in North Texas with a new, larger Denton facility just up the street from their former location. The new facility at 4321 N. Elm Street is open for truck repairs and service.

Tags: Aftermarket, Inland Truck Parts

February 22, 2014 - Industry News

Mack’s Poised to Win More Sales with Products and Support, New President Says

"I think our competitors will start hearing our footsteps.” -- Stephen Roy

Dealers are “fired up” to sell trucks, with new emphasis on highway applications. And executives will "relaunch the Mack brand" at the ConExpo-ConAgg show in March.

Tags: Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Product Support, OEM, Dealers, Vocational, Heavy-Duty Trucks

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Accepting Technician Scholarship Applications

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship programs available for diesel technician studies at WyoTech, the University of Northwestern Ohio, and Lincoln Technical Institute/Lincoln College of Technology/Nashville Auto Diesel College.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Technician Training

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

Manufacturer Brand Or Value Brand: What Are Fleets Using?

Private brand parts, like these from Alliance, are more likely to be used in older trucks, according to the survey.

The more complex, expensive and harder to replace the component is, the more likely fleets are to purchase the manufacturer’s brand, according to a recent study by MacKay & Co.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts, Aftermarket, HDAD, HDAW, MacKay and Co., Alliance Truck Parts, HDAW 2014, Euclid, Fleetrite

January 31, 2014 - Industry News

Longer-Lasting Parts, Regulations Causing Changes In Parts Demand

Components and parts are lasting longer, which means fleets will be spending less on replacement parts. According to survey results from MacKay & Co. presented at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas, the most significant component longevity gains have been in power transmission.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDMA, Aftermarket, HDAW, MacKay and Co., HDAW 2014

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Online Parts Ordering Becoming More Popular

Online parts ordering is a growing trend, based on results from a recent MacKay & Company survey on fleet parts purchasing, presented during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, MacKay and Co., HDAW, HDAW 2014

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Continues On Its Journey To Provide Training

Meritor has long positioned itself as a provider of information and training, but has gone one step further developing two Nissan high-roof NV3500 trucks that will deliver onsite product and systems education to fleets, warehouse distributors and independent service garages in the United States and Canada.

Tags: Maintenance, Training, Meritor, Aftermarket, Technician Training, Brakes, Technicians, HDAW 2014, HDAW

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Introduces New Certified VMRS Specialist Program

ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council is introducing a Certified Specialist Program for users of the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards. VMRS is the industry standard coding convention for tracking equipment and maintenance information.

Tags: ATA, TMC, VMRS

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer-Fleet Cooperation, Driver Shortage are Vital Issues, ATA Chairman Says

Truck dealers and fleet managers need to work together to smooth maintenance on complex trucks so the industry can continue to grow, Philip Byrd, 2014 chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told an audience at the American Truck Dealers’ annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday.

Tags: American Truck Dealers, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Maintenance, Dealers, Fleets, ATA

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Announces 2014 Brake Training School Schedule

Bendix has announced the 2014 schedule for its in-person Bendix Brake Training School, continuing its efforts to support and educate both new and experienced technicians.

Tags: Bendix, Aftermarket, Technician Training, In the Shop

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

Tips For Keeping Your Truck Operational In Extreme Cold

Photo courtesty of MnDOT.

The recent extreme cold experienced by whole parts of the nation has put an increased burden on trucks and truckers. According to Mel Kirk, vice president of maintenance operations Ryder Systems Inc., diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid will freeze in extremely cold temperatures.

Tags: Winter Driving, DEF, Ryder Systems, Winter weight fuel

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Wheel End Manufacturers Group Forms

Citing safety and a concern about counterfeit parts, Shaun Shroff, vice president of DuraBrake, says the company is forming the Wheel End Manufacturers Association, Linkedin Group.

Tags: Aftermarket, Wheels, Brakes, HDAW

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. EPA Issues Guidance Letter on Diesel Exhaust Fluid

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a guidance letter late last year to heavy-duty on-highway engine manufacturers outlining how it intends to determine the physical range of adjustment of diesel exhaust fluid quality for certification testing, according to DiscoverDEF.com.

Tags: SCR, DEF, EPA, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Polar Service Centers Names Gary Murphy Director of Business Development

Gary Murphy

Polar Service Centers, a national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has named Gary Murphy director of business development for the northern half of the United States.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, People, Polar, Tankers, Polar Service Centers, Polar Corp.

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Fuel Gelling Stalls Trucks as Temps Drop

Photo via Elliot Plack/Flickr.

Fleet managers overseeing snowplows and diesel trucks in several states reported fuel gelling as a result of frigid temperatures in the Midwest and eastern U.S.

Tags: Diesel

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 2

As we look back at 2013, here's the second installment in our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry:

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Ford, Fraud

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

Kumho Wants a Bigger Piece of U.S. Truck Tire Market

Kumho's most recent commercial truck tire introduction was the 2012 launch of the KMD41 for on and off road applications such as refuse, construction and mining and logging.

Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is not a significant player in the medium truck tire market. But CEO and President H.E. “Harry” Choi hopes to change that, as he explains in an interview with HDT sister publication Modern Tire Dealer.

Tags: Kumho Tire U.S.A., Tires

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Switching from Expansion to Integration Following Dealer Purchases

From left, All-Around Grand Champion Jason Swann is congratulated by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and company Chairman Rusty Rush at the Tech Skills Rodeo banquet on Tuesday night. Building team spirit is part of the Rush culture.

Rush Enterprises must integrate its new Navistar dealerships into the company's operations and "culture" in the coming year, Chairman and CEO Rusty Rush says.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, NASCAR, Technician, Parts

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Dallas Technician Wins Grand Champion Awards at Rush Competition

Jason Swann, a technician at Rush Truck Center Dallas, had to rise from a dinner table last night and walk to a stage to accept top awards not once or twice, but three times. But those walks, and the diagnostic and repair performance he showed during Rush Enterprises’ Tech Skills Rodeo, earned him $9,500 in prizes plus a racing suit and helmet presented by Nascar driver Tony Stewart.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

20 Technicians Make Semi-Final Level at Rush Skills Event

Twenty technicians have emerged from the original 106 competitors at Rush Enterprise's Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. The semi-finalists are in nine testing categories, senior editor Tom Berg reports.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Dealers, Technicians

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Tech Skills Rodeo Hosts 106 Competitors at Annual Event

For the eighth year in a row, Rush Truck Centers has brought in its top technicians for a grand competition in mechanical and electronic problem solving. Senior editor Tom Berg files this report from San Antonio.

Tags: Competition, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Technicians, Dealers

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Allstate Peterbilt Group Acquires Steussy Diesel

Minnesota-based Allstate Peterbilt Group is has acquired Steussy Diesel in Alexandria, Minn., and is expanding the parts store into a full-service shop. Effective in January, Steussy Diesel will become Allstate Peterbilt of Alexandria.

Tags: Allstate Peterbilt, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dealers, Aftermarket Parts

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Foreign Tire Sales Recalls Truck Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring Foreign Tire Sales Inc. to recall 2,659 truck tires because of inaccurate load and inflation information on the tires.

Tags: DOT, Recalls, Tires, NHTSA, Foreign Tire Sales

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