Chassis & Brakes

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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.

June 10, 2009

Brake Maintenance

Brake maintenance, particularly maintenance intervals for heavy duty trucks, depends more than anything else on the vehicle duty cycle. There is a world of difference between a refuse truck that experiences 200-300 heavy brake applications in a shif

June 5, 2009

ArvinMeritor Brake Experts Offer 10 Tips to Improve Brake Performance

ArvinMeritor offers 10 brake-related tips to help North American truck operators and maintenance professional

June 5, 2009

How to Recognize and Prevent Corrosion and Rust-Jacking on Heavy-Duty Brake Shoes

When rust creeps in between the brake lining and shoe table, it can cause the lining to fracture. Provided chunks of lings do not break off

May 18, 2009

Performance-Based Brake Testing

What if you could find out in 10 minutes or less precisely how each and every one of your tractor-trailer's brakes is working? You'd know how much force they're producing to stop the rig, individually and by axle.

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