Brakes

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April 8, 2013

Don't Let Poor Brake Adjustment Catch You Unawares

While equipment defects are a cause in only a small percentage of truck crashes, brake defects account for a large percentage of the trucks taken out of service. Many of those defects are adjustment issues.

April 8, 2013

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Air Dryer

It's more important than ever to protect a truck's air system from contamination, because there are more and more on-vehicle technologies making use of that air. That's why having and taking proper care of an air dryer is vital.

March 20, 2013

Bendix Warns About Friction and Shorter Stopping Distance Technology

Bendix engineers are warning truck owners that if they aren't careful about the choice of replacement friction new trucks designed to meet the latest stopping distance requirements, they could negate the improved stopping distance that was designed into the trucks.

March 20, 2013

Wabco Moves On Truck Stability Control, Anticipating Federal Mandate

Wabco on Wednesday showcased hydraulic anti-lock braking system with integrated ESCsmart electronic stability control at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

February 19, 2013

Slow Economy, Government Regs Will Help Drive Aftermarket Brake Business

The slow economic recovery and the federal government's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program will help drive demand for aftermarket pads and shoes for Class 4-8 trucks, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan, while increasing demand for disk brakes could prove a challenge to independent service providers.

February 4, 2013

HDA Truck Pride Adds Fleet Friction

HDA Truck Pride is continuing to grow by adding Fleet Friction. Fleet Friction is located in San Diego, Calif. Their management team includes: Owners Mike Buscher and Richard Harrigan and General Manager Craig Dawson.

January 17, 2013

East Coast Brake Rebuilders Adds High-Tech Paint System

East Coast Brake Rebuilders in Virginia Beach, Va., has added a new paint system for brake shoes it says is one of the first in the industry

January 3, 2013

Fleet Brake Adds New Location in Ontario

Fleet Brake announced plans for a new parts distribution center in Mississauga, Ontario. When at full capacity, the 50,000-square-foot facility will employ up to 50 people and is expected to be operational in February 2013.

December 11, 2012

NTSB Says Driver Inattention, Bad Brakes Led to Amtrak-Truck Collision

An inattentive driver and poorly maintained brakes, including antilock brakes that had been rendered inoperable, were the probable cause of a commercial truck hitting an Amtrak passenger train in the Nevada desert last summer, killing six and injuring 16, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday

December 3, 2012

Affinia Group Spins Off Brake Business

Affinia Group Inc. announced that it has spun off its brake businesses. The new organization will be led by the management team from Affinia Group's former Global Brake group, with oversight provided by a separate board of directors.

July 31, 2012

Webb Wheel Releases Training and Tech Certification Videos

Webb Wheel has added a new training video along with an associated tech certification test to the Training Toolbox section of its website

May 17, 2012

Keeping An Eye on 
Axles and Suspensions

Although the maintenance-free tractor-trailer is still a few years off, there are really only two big maintenance items left when it comes to axles and suspensions: the shock absorbers and the air springs. Some historically large maintenance items today are designed to almost outlive the trucks

January 23, 2012

Bendix Announces Schedule for 2012 Brake Training School

The schedule for Bendix's 2012 Brake Training School, a three-day course designed for both new and experienced technicians, includes 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada

September 7, 2011

Better Stopping Performance Now Built Into Highway Tractors as New Rules Take Effect

Emerging from truck factories in the U.S. right now are road tractors that can stop in substantially shorter distances than those built last week. That's because new government stopping-distance requirements took effect August 1st

July 10, 2011

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

July 13, 2010

Friction In Focus: Trends in Brake Friction Manufacturing

Brake manufacturers are continually working with their friction material suppliers on new materials that satisfy the market's demand for noise, cost and wear with no compromise in performance. But there are also external pressures for change

May 21, 2010

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

December 17, 2009

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

October 2, 2009

Air Disc Brakes: You Can't Inspect What You Can't See

Imagine having a brand new truck sidelined during a roadside inspection because the inspector didn't understand what he was looking a

October 2, 2009

Maintaining Air Disc Brakes

The new federal mandate requiring shorter stopping distances dictates more brake torque for the front axle of trucks and tractors. The regulation can be accommodated by bigger drums, but it may stimulate a faster acceptance of the air disc brake for steer axle brakes.

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