December 9, 2014 - Industry News
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
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
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
November 24, 2014 - Industry News
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 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 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
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 & 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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