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

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

As truck manufacturing gets increasingly global and the costs for new components spiral, chassis like this Freightliner being assembled in Saltillo, Mexico, carry an increasing number of in-house components. (Photo by STF)

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Vertical Integration: Friend or Foe?

There is a creeping vertical integration in North American truck manufacturing

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Four Ways to Make Onsite Product Training More Effective

When you spec a component, often training is part of the package. Training helps established suppliers set themselves apart from those selling cheap parts without any customer support, and generally there's no out-of-pocket expense to the fleet or dealer

Rust forming inside steel saddle tanks might be caused by ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, some maintenance people believe. This rusty tank was on a Ford truck operating in northern Georgia. (Photo by Chris Sands)

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Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

Is ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel causing rust in steel fuel tanks? A shop foreman in Georgia believes that the relatively new fuel, or perhaps biodiesel blends, are to blame for the damaged saddle tanks he's seen in the last yea

USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
The Process of Turning Maintenance Data Into Actionable Information
Maintenance providers can help fleets gather crucial maintenance data and integrate it into the entire data stream to create intelligence that will improve operations.
How to Set Up a Maintenance Pilot Program and Why It Matters
A pilot program helps you work out any kinks that arise, smooth them out, and move onto a larger-scale implementation, maybe even a full implementation, reaping efficiency and cost savings at a larger scale.
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