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March 16, 2015

Bendix Hits Billion Dollar Sales Mark

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems surpassed $1 billion in sales during 2014, marking a first for the company.

February 24, 2015

Commentary: It's All About the Brakes

Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.

February 19, 2015

Underslung Suspension is Compatible with All Brake Sizes

The Underslung Suspension from Ingersoll Axles is a fully integrated suspension system designed to improve performance in drop decks, low boys, specialty vans and auto haulers.

February 4, 2015

Lightning Hybrids' Hydraulic-Hybrid System Patented

Lightning Hybrids, designer and manufacturer of hydraulic brake regeneration systems for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, announced it has been awarded a full U.S. utility patent for the fourth generation of its parallel hydraulic hybrid system.

January 28, 2015

Meritor Expands Aftermarket Parts, Adds Independent Garage Program

LAS VEGAS -- Meritor announced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week that it's expanding its air disc brake product line, expanding its Euclid-branded suspension product line, and will launch a network of Meritor-approved repair shops with independent service garages across the United States and Canada.

January 14, 2015

This Trailer’s Smoking Brake Was a Nose Full

Senior Editor Tom Berg tries to warn a driver of a burning brake, but without success. Moral: Check the equipment you're driving.

January 7, 2015

Arrow Logger Simplifies Brake Adjustment

The new Arrow Logger from Spectra Products works together with the company's Brake Safe visual brake-stroke indicator to improve and simplify brake-adjustment inspection.

January 5, 2015

Brake Defects Up in CVSA's September Inspection Blitz

Bad components and adjustment caused inspectors to place a higher percentage of trucks out of service during 2014's Brake Safety Week than during the '13 event, says the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

December 22, 2014

The Aftermarket 2014: A Year in Review

It’s been a busy year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. With the age of the nation’s fleet still high, fleets are spending a lot of money to keep trucks on the road. Given the importance of maintenance and repair, we'll recap some of the key issues that affected fleets in this area in 2014.

December 18, 2014

Air System Maintenance: Focusing on the Compressor

At the heart of a commercial vehicle’s air brake system is its air compressor. Bendix shares troubleshooting tips and how to replace an ESS piston.

October 28, 2014

Recalls Issued for More Than 3,000 Volvo Trucks

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.

October 15, 2014

TMD Announces Dates for Brake Training Classes

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.

September 8, 2014

What’s Going on with my Brakes?

When we started looking at wheel-end issues for this month's Tires & Wheels story, we discovered that reduced stopping distance rules have had some unintended consequences.

September 5, 2014

Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?

From September 7-13 – Brake Safety Week – more than 30,000 brake inspections are expected to be conducted. Roadside inspectors will be inspecting brake-system components to identify loose and missing parts; air and hydraulic fluid leaks; worn linings, pads, drums and rotors; and other faulty brake-system components.

September 2, 2014

Stemco Launches CentriFuse HD Line of Brake Drums

Stemco says its new CentriFuse HD brake drums designed for severe service applications provide up to double the service life of full-cast brake drums.

August 26, 2014

CVSA Announces Brake Safety Week is Sept. 7-13

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that the Annual Brake Safety Week will run Sept. 7-13.

August 14, 2014

Bendix Upgrades Brake Shoe Reman Facility

Bendix has unveiled its newly upgraded brake shoe remanufacturing facility in Huntington, Indiana

August 11, 2014

Brake Safety Week Set for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has designated September 7 through September 13 as Brake Safety Week, an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

July 18, 2014

Wabco Launches Modular Braking System, Signs 2 Major Supply Deals

The product features a high degree of standardization across components and software of its ABS and EBS systems, Wabco said, and reduces the number of ABS components by 50%.

July 17, 2014

Brake Trends: Drums vs. Discs

While drum brakes have been enlarged and strengthened to meet stricter federal stopping distance requirements and are currently used on 90% of heavy trucks, discs are gaining in popularity.

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