Maintenance

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

A supplemental filter must be carefully mounted so it works effectively and allows the engine's oil circulation system to continue its job.

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Make Supplemental Filters Pay

Cleanliness is next to godliness, so some truck operators change motor oil religiously according to manufacturers' recommendations. Others extend drain intervals but use supplemental filtration and oil analysis to do it safely and make sure the oil stays clea

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The Path to Parts Savings: Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Budget

Times are tough. Fleets are scrambling for freight to fill trucks, shippers are beating up carriers on rates, and truckers are keeping their equipment longer because they can't afford to buy new

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Where Does Underhood Heat Go? Into the Cab

As engineers, one of our biggest challenges is how to deal with underhood heat. Because of aerodynamics and other styling changes, the engine box on trucks is smaller and more densely packed than it ever has been

(Photos by Steve Sturgess)

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Rush Technicians Compete For Top Spots in Skills Rodeo

In the by-now familiar holidays ritual, Rush Enterprises held its fourth Technician Skills Rodeo, drawing techs from across its far-flung 62-facility truck center empire

Keep everything pointing in the right direction: retorque your fasteners.

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Suspension Maintenance

The key to keeping suspensions working for you rather than against you is to keep everything tight. When suspension components work themselves loose, tires wear badly, springs break, fuel economy suffers, and drivers complain

Look after your tires; your tires will look after you. Photo by Jim Park

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What's Killing Your Tires?

Tires are under constant attack, from the normal dynamic forces acting on the tread rubber, to a barrage of scrubbing and scraping actions caused by misaligned axles, unbalanced rotation, loose wheel bearings, and more

A robust maintenance software system can help a shop be more efficient and productive.

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10 Ways Fleet Maintenance Software Can Help Manage Costs and Boost Profitability

Kenworth offers this information to help truck fleet operators with their own maintenance facilities reduce parts inventory, decrease operating costs and increase productivity

USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
How the Right Diesel Fuel Additives Can Save Your Fleet Money
Diesel fuel additives are among the most powerful and cost-effective tools a fleet manager can use to keep their fleet up and running. Not every additive does the same thing—specialized formulas can help clean fuel systems, prevent gelling, or keep the fuel flowing in the coldest temperatures. Some OEMs recommend that additives be used to keep trucks operating at peak efficiency.
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.
The True Costs of Outsourced Maintenance & How to Compare Vendors
The most inexpensive vendor isn’t always the one with the lowest bill rate. There are a number of cost factors that fleets need to consider when choosing an outsourced maintenance provider.
The True Costs of Outsourced Maintenance & How to Compare Vendors
The most inexpensive vendor isn’t always the one with the lowest bill rate. There are a number of cost factors that fleets need to consider when choosing an outsourced maintenance provider.
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