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March 14, 2014

Are Your Aftermarket Truck Parts the Real Deal?

Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.

March 12, 2014

Michelin Launches Nationwide Truck Care Network

Michelin Americas Truck Tires announced Michelin Truck Care, a national network of mechanical service providers for trucks with dedicated fleet maintenance managers and technicians, along with standardized services that are audited by Michelin.

March 12, 2014

Performance With a Purpose

Frito-Lay’s Mike O’Connell leads a team that focuses on adapting the best leading-edge technologies for its specific needs.

March 12, 2014

Innovation In The Details

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.

March 10, 2014

Decisiv Launches Maintenance Scorecard with TMC

TMC, NASHVILLE -- Need to know how your fleet stacks up against your peers and competitors? Vehicle maintenance and service analytics provider, Decisiv, has rolled out a new concept in benchmarking it calls a "Service Scorecard."

March 10, 2014

Noregon Offers Multi-Makes Diagnostic System, Modules for Volvo, Mack

TMC, NASHVILLE -- Focusing only on the component with the complaint often misses the actual root cause, but Noregon's whole-truck approach can find it. Noregon Systems launched a multi-brand vehicle diagnostics and repair product, First Step Service Advisor.

February 24, 2014

Commentary: Dealing With a Lemon

There’s no shortage of readers who want me to intervene on their behalf because they’ve been victimized in some way. At least that’s how they describe their plight. Maybe it’s a “lemon” of a truck, possibly a contract dispute, sometimes a fight with an idiotic bureaucracy. For reasons I don’t always understand, they think I’m a consumer watchdog of some sort. I’m not.

February 4, 2014

Death in the Tire Shop

A tire service technician was killed when he was run over by the truck he was working on. Could more regulations have prevented the tragedy? Possibly, but so could better communication and a little more awareness of what goes on in a repair shop, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his On the Road blog.

January 29, 2014

Meritor Continues On Its Journey To Provide Training

Meritor has long positioned itself as a provider of information and training, but has gone one step further developing two Nissan high-roof NV3500 trucks that will deliver onsite product and systems education to fleets, warehouse distributors and independent service garages in the United States and Canada.

January 28, 2014

Dealer-Fleet Cooperation, Driver Shortage are Vital Issues, ATA Chairman Says

Truck dealers and fleet managers need to work together to smooth maintenance on complex trucks so the industry can continue to grow, Philip Byrd, 2014 chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told an audience at the American Truck Dealers’ annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday.

January 16, 2014

Maintaining Antifreeze/Coolant Will Help You Survive Extreme Winter Cold

The wrath of winter’s impact on heavy-duty diesel engines across North America has been thoroughly tested so far this year. For many of those stranded during the winter cold snap, it was decisions made about what to do (or what not to do) with their antifreeze/coolant systems that may have sealed their fate.

January 14, 2014

Polar Service Centers Names Gary Murphy Director of Business Development

Polar Service Centers, a national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has named Gary Murphy director of business development for the northern half of the United States.

January 7, 2014

North Dakota’s Cold and Hot, Thanks to Weather and the Bakken Boom

Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at a photo of a frigid scene in North Dakota and spots a lone semitrailer, parked perhaps with a load of processed feed, waiting to be offloaded. He wondered, will that trailer even roll? The photo sparked a conversation with a North Dakota trailer dealer for his Trailer Talk blog.

December 11, 2013

Time to Grease, Inspect Fifth Wheels, SAF Holland Advises

Winter temps can freeze all kinds of mechanical apparatus, including tractor fifth wheels. So it’s a good time to clean, inspect and grease these important appliances, but not the only time.

November 8, 2013

The Power of Parts & Service

The right parts and service decisions can help you meet on-time delivery goals with customers, improve your cost per mile, reduce downtime, improve utilization, better your CSA scores, even help retain drivers and cut turnover.

October 23, 2013

Master Fleet Launches Commercial Fleet Management Program

Master Fleet, Green Bay, Wisc. announced service offerings for partial to full outsourcing of fleet maintenance during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

October 14, 2013

Tips for Maintaining Trailer Floors

When it comes to maintaining your dry van hardwood or composite trailer floor, fleet maintenance managers should follow the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.

October 9, 2013

Beyond the API 'Donut:' Putting a Premium on Oil

Every fleet knows how important oil is to the proper operation of their vehicles, but how can they determine if upgrading to a premium oil makes sense for them?

September 24, 2013

Quality Parts Should Go Into Trailer Electrical Systems, Updated TMC Recommendations Say

Updated recommendations from TMC for trailer electrical systems say sealed wiring, water- and corrosion-resistant connectors and low-amperage lamp designs are the things to get for long life – not new advice, but information newly included in the group’s Recommended Practice 704.

August 19, 2013

Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles. Fleets have long wanted to outsource more maintenance, but have been frustrated by problems with the quality, cost and speed of the work. Today, there are more pressures on fleets to outsource than ever.


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