Maintenance

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The Art and Science of Truck and Engine Diagnostics

Diagnostics took a while to become a high art, though for for a long time it was a human one.

Irregular wear on trailer tires could be a combination of  pre-existing wear and poor  maintenance of the trailer. (Photo by Jim Park)

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Extend Tire Life: Learn How to Tell When Your Trucks are Killing Your Tires

Thousands of tires are cast prematurely onto scrap piles every month. That's hundreds of thousands of miles of operation fleets give up because their tires die untimely, unnatural and often unnecessary deaths. And the tires themselves are rarely to blame

Shoulder wear on wide-base singles is a common problem.

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Uneven Wear on Wide-Base Single Tires

The wear demons don't discriminate between standard and wide-base single tires. With a few exceptions, the kinds of irregular wear that standard tires exhibit will appear on wide-base singles, too

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Maintaining and Servicing Diesel Particulate Filters

Diesel particulate filters trap soot from the exhaust and ash from motor oil. Most soot is burned off in the course of a truck's operations, but ash stays in the filter's honeycomb substrate and is removed through periodic servicing.

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What You Need to Know About Tire Valves

Most fleets consider tire valve stems and valve hardware as an afterthought, but there are many issues associated with valve stem hardware that fleets need to be aware of

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CSA and the Maintenance BASIC

Seventy to 75 percent of all CSA points can be traced back to maintenance or unsafe driving violations, says Drew Anderson, director of sales for Vigillo, which provides CSA compliance services

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Embracing the Age of the Air Disc Brake

A while ago I was sitting on a bench in downtown St. Louis with a grande bold coffee in my paw and a reflective mood infusing me with big thoughts. Or maybe just regular-sized thoughts, but definitely about big things

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HVAC: Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants of the Future

There may be a new refrigerant in your future. This year, the first stage of a European Union ban goes into effect on mobile refrigerants with a global warming potential greater than 150 in new car and light-truck platforms

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Wheel Balance From the Inside Out

The next time you're driving alongside a truck at highway speed, have a look at the wheels. They should be running straight and true without any wobble or vibration

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2010 Engine Scorecard: Updated

There are several themes that run through almost any conversation about 2010 engines these days. Mostly they represent good news, we found as we talked to a variety of fleets in a follow-up to last October's "EPA 2010 Engine Scorecard.

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