In the Shop

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October 7, 2013

The High-Tech Shop

In some fleets, shop operations are completely integrated with the computer systems for dispatch, accounting, mobile communications and outside service providers. In other fleets, technology in the shop may be limited to automated systems for tracking work, labor, parts and inventory.

October 4, 2013

Retreading Wide-base Tires

Wide-base tires aren’t cheap. Not that duals are cheaper, but in a single wide-base tire you have an investment approaching the cost of a pair of standard tires. Minimizing the life-cycle cost of those big wide tires almost demands that they be retreaded.

September 30, 2013

Jaltest ‘All-Brands’ Diagnostic Tool from Spain Covers Many Trucks, Components

The “all-brands” diagnostic system adopted by the WheelTime Network of service shops comes from a Spanish company whose leaders saw the need for a versatile testing device as adjuncts to their growing line of commercial truck components for the aftermarket.

September 12, 2013

Rotary Lift Introduces Mobile Column Lift Rental Program

Rotary Lift has introduced a first mobile column lift rental program. Customers can choose from three of Rotary Lift’s popular Mach series of mobile column lifts: the standard version with 18,000 pounds of capacity per column (MCH418); the wireless model with 18,000 pounds of capacity per column (MCHW418) or the compact model with 13,000 pounds of capacity per column (MCH413).

September 11, 2013

Snap-on Two-Speed Tilt-Back Tire Changer

The new Two-Speed Tilt-Back Tire Changer (EEWH326A) from Snap-on will reduce the amount of time it takes to dismount and mount tires. This tire changer features a two-speed turntable that offers a forward speed of 14 rpm to provide faster throughput when mounting the initial bead.

September 5, 2013

Esco Introduces Tire Runout Gauge

Esco has introduced a Tire Runout Gauge (Part Number 40700) that measures both radial and lateral tire runout conditions. The use of this tool can help eliminate irregular tire wear, ride vibration and lengthens the life of tires.

August 6, 2013

Investing in Technician Training

The nearly 200 technicians who work for Inland Truck Parts at its locations in 10 states across the central U.S. can now heading to the Kansas City area to train in a new, dedicated training facility, complete with classroom space for nearly 100 students, three service bays and nine rebuilding benches.

July 2, 2013

Wheel-End Problems: Beyond the Obvious

Wheel-ends function as a system: the spindle, hub, and rim (or wheel), as well as the bearings and the fasteners, all work in concert to keep the wheels in place and the tires running straight and true. If one part of the system is out of whack, the results will be seen and felt elsewhere in the system - usually at the tires themselves.

June 19, 2013

5 Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

It's a rare heavy-duty service shop or parts warehouse/distributor that doesn't use some kind of computer software in its operation. It might be as simple as an accounting package such as QuickBooks, or as complex as a full-featured industry-specific enterprise management package.

June 13, 2013

Stertil-Koni Introduces Freedom Lift

Stertil-Koni announced the introduction of the Freedom Lift, a new series of heavy-duty, hydraulic two-post lifts providing lifting capacity and wheels-free access.

June 3, 2013

7 Steps to Safely Lifting Heavy-Duty Work Vehicles

Stertil-Koni recently announced what its research has shown to be seven key steps that fleets and transit authorities should observe prior to lifting heavy-duty work vehicles in commercial maintenance facilities.

January 16, 2013

Rotary Lift Spotline Laser Spotting Guide Now Available for All Vehicle Lifts

Now, owners of any brand of vehicle lift can add Spotline to the bay, thanks to a new retrofit kit that makes the laser spotting guide compatible with most in-ground and surface lifts

January 10, 2013

Gabriel Now Directly Distributes to Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Suppliers and Distributors

The Original Gabriel announced that it is now distributing its Fleetline and GasSLX products directly to heavy-duty aftermarket suppliers and distributors

January 8, 2013

The Business Case for Synthetic Lubes

For years, some fleets have turned to synthetic engine oils for easier starts in cold-weather climates and to help them extend oil drain intervals. But if that's the only selling point you're using for synthetic lubes, it may be time for some consumer education

December 20, 2012

Does the MIL Lamp Spell Aftermarket Opportunity?

Your customers are going to be seeing a lot more of that ubiquitous yellow engine-shaped icon on their dashboard with the latest model trucks.

December 10, 2012

Rush Truck Centers Technicians Test Skills in Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO -- Almost 100 truck technicians from across the Rush Truck Centers dealer chain are gathered in San Antonio, Texas, this week to test their skill levels against their peers

November 27, 2012

Engine Problems Spell Aftermarket Opportunity

You don't have to go far to find a fleet having trouble with engines, spelling opportunities for aftermarket parts and service. In its 2012 U.S. Heavy-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study, J.D. Power and Associates found 46% of owners of one-model-year-old engines experienced some type of engine-related problem, up from 42% in 2011

November 27, 2012

Maintenance Tips for Air and Fuel Systems

There's been a lot of attention paid lately to engine problems driven by new, more complex equipment developed to meet emissions regulations. Sometimes the most basic systems get overlooked because they aren't part of the new technology-driven dynamic.

October 24, 2012

Medium-Duty Engine Problems Decrease, Downtime Increases

As medium-duty truck engine technology advances, more complicated repairs lead to more unscheduled downtime, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study

September 16, 2012

Understanding Wheels and Torque

What do a pregnant woman from Maryland, a 48-year-old man from Ontario, and a driver in Seattle have in common? They are all victims of truck wheel-off incidents - a truck wheel flew off on the highway and struck their vehicles, in one case fatally

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