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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

September 16, 2012

Aftermarket: Today's Trucks Demand More from Filters

If you have customers who think a filter's a filter, you've got an opportunity to educate them about why today's high-tech engines need a correspondingly sophisticated filtration system. For instance, take the plunger out of a fuel injector from one of today's diesel engines and hold it in your hand. The warmth of your hand will make the metal expand so you can't get the plunger back inside the barrel

September 16, 2012

Customers: Give 'em What they Want

A few three-martini lunches and a hunting trip won't hurt your chances of keeping a good customer, but it will take more than a few perks to keep today's fleets coming back

July 19, 2012

How about those medium-duty tire prices?

So, have you noticed the high price of tires lately? Of course you have

June 1, 2012

Aftermarket Service Providers Can Help Customers Over CSA Hurdles

With 514,000 carriers running 9 million trucks and buses to contend with, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has had to develop a more effective way of tracking safety violations. It's called CSA, short for "Compliance, Safety, Accountability.

February 16, 2012

Wheel-off incidents sure can get your attention

"If I had been up five minutes earlier, I wouldn't be having any conversations with anybody."

January 17, 2012

Stronger Brakes on Class 8 Rigs Require Distributors to Learn About and Stock New Parts

Emerging from truck factories in the U.S. since Aug. 1 are road tractors that can stop in substantially shorter distances than those built earlier. It's due to a change in government stopping distance requirement

October 26, 2011

Aftermarket Products

Trojan heavy-duty starting battery Trojan's TransPower ST1000 high-performance AGM 31 heavy-duty starting batter

October 26, 2011

Top 5 Aftermarket Products Honored

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Journal's Top 5 products were selected by the editors from new product announcements published in HDAJ during 2010

October 26, 2011

Aftermarket Products

Eaton Launches EverTough Eaton launched a new brand of drivetrain components, called EverTough, engineered specifically for the aftermarket with a new line of heavy-duty clutches

October 26, 2011

Dealer vs. Distributor

In a standing-room only session at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas in January, a panel discussion duked it out between the views of the dealer and the independent aftermarket distributor

October 26, 2011

Beyond R-134a: What's Next for Mobile A/C Refrigerants?

In February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final approval of HFO-1234yf as a refrigerant for air conditioners in new cars and light trucks

October 26, 2011

Aftermarket Products

Allison TC10 to aim at road tractor market Allison's TC10 transmission combines a torque converter with a sophisticated 10-speed mechanical gearbo

July 29, 2011

Unzipping a tire

You've heard of zipper ruptures; ever seen one? Me, neither -- until now

May 17, 2011

The Risks of Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Blends

When the temperatures warm up, it's a good time to bone up on the dangers associated with hydrocarbon refrigerants being sold as cheap substitutes for R-134a and R-12

April 8, 2011

Trailer Corrosion

What deteriorates on trailers? Almost everything that's not specially built or treated to resist the ravages of road salts, flying grime and everyday weather elements

February 8, 2011

What Keeps Maintenance Managers Up At Night?

When you get hundreds of fleet maintenance managers together on one location, you can bet they're going to start swapping stories about various equipment and maintenance issues they're having

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