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September 26, 2011

'Roadability' defects found in 17% of intermodal chassis inspected

Federal and state inspectors are not finding a lot of "roadability" problems with container chassis, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's chief safety officer, Jack Van Steenburg.

August 15, 2011

Maintaining and Servicing Diesel Particulate Filters

Diesel particulate filters trap soot from the exhaust and ash from motor oil. Most soot is burned off in the course of a truck's operations, but ash stays in the filter's honeycomb substrate and is removed through periodic servicing.

August 8, 2011

Pre-trip preparations can maximize reefer uptime in hot summer temperatures

If something on a reefer unit is going to fail, it's likely to happen when components are working hard to overcome summer heat

July 12, 2011

CSA and the Maintenance BASIC

Seventy to 75 percent of all CSA points can be traced back to maintenance or unsafe driving violations, says Drew Anderson, director of sales for Vigillo, which provides CSA compliance services

July 6, 2011

Pushing Out Trade Cycles Can Save Money, But It Isn't for the Ill Informed

Many fleets have discovered in recent months that you can't put 10 pounds of rocks into a 5-pound bag. Pushing trade cycles for highway trucks to squeeze a few more months or a year out of an asset may seem feasible, but the unplanned costs can eat you alive

January 5, 2011

Where To Go When You've Turned Over That Dump Trailer

Imagine that you banged up your car and you've sent it to the factory for fixing. You can't do that, but if you own a dump or flatbed trailer, you can

December 29, 2010

Eliminating Contaminants from Truck and Trailer Air Systems

A heavy truck's air system is a basic and important set of components that should be spec'd correctly and then maintained properly.

September 9, 2010

Dealers Offer Maintenance Tips for Neglected Trailer Brakes

With more freight moving as the economy revives, fleets are pulling dormant trailers away from fences and putting them into service. But those trailers probably sat through at least one harsh winter and summer, and maintenance on them may have been neglected.

July 7, 2010

Tips for Inspecting and Maintaining Air Suspensions

Air suspensions are in wide use on trailers and getting more popular. To some fleets, air-ride equipment is new, and maintenance people might not be aware of proper inspection and repair procedures

May 17, 2010

The Pressure of Events

With limited opportunity to walk the Mid-America Trucking Show due to the number of press conferences and the vast number of exhibitors, it was gratifying indeed to turn up an innovative new technology that could transform a fleet's tire maintenance

March 17, 2010

Fifth Wheel Maintenance

While the calendar says we've just about made it through another winter, as these words materialize on my screen, the Northeast is digging out from three days of record snowfall

February 9, 2010

Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

Is ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel causing rust in steel fuel tanks? A shop foreman in Georgia believes that the relatively new fuel, or perhaps biodiesel blends, are to blame for the damaged saddle tanks he's seen in the last yea

December 22, 2009

Rush Technicians Compete For Top Spots in Skills Rodeo

In the by-now familiar holidays ritual, Rush Enterprises held its fourth Technician Skills Rodeo, drawing techs from across its far-flung 62-facility truck center empire

November 30, 2009

Maintaining APUs

The auxiliary power unit has come a long way since the first commercially available units hit the streets in the late 1980s

November 2, 2009

Outside Shops Demand 'Right To Repair,' But That's Not Fair to Dealers, One Says

The "right to repair" one's vehicle wherever one chooses isn't in the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights, but many people in the maintenance and parts business believe it almost should be

August 27, 2009

Four Tips To Help Prevent Potentially Deadly Wheel-Off Accidents

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

June 10, 2009

Crud Catcher: Fifth Wheel Maintenance

As we head into winter, springtime may seem far away. But it's the aftereffects of winter's messy roads and de-icing compounds that lead to one of the sounds of spring: drivers complaining about their fifth wheels

May 26, 2009

Investigating Vehicles For Corrosion

Rust! It's upon us like a plague, and has been since snow has fallen and ice formed on paved roads and authorities decided to try to melt as much as they could to make travel safer

May 18, 2009

Corrosion Prevention

How badly do you want to avoid damage from corrosion? There are products and treatments available right now that do the job, but some customers are simply not willing to spend the necessary money.

May 18, 2009

Cab Maintenance Concerns

Normal service for a big truck virtually guarantees that it will feel and show the effects of age long before you're ready to deal it. That means even the cab of the truck is going to require a little maintenanc


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