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July 17, 2013

TireStamp Develops Fleet Customized Tire and Wheel Maintenance Program

TireStamp Inc. announced the availability of the industry’s first comprehensive Tire and Wheel Maintenance Program that is customizable to each individual fleet’s operating needs.

July 8, 2013

4 Ways to Get More Miles from your Tires

Irregular tire wear is usually a symptom of some other malfunction such as poor alignment, improper inflation or even poor driving habits. The peril with mechanically induced irregular wear is that it begins the day you install the tire, though it won't produce any visible signs until weeks or perhaps months later. By then, its progress is almost irreversible.

June 11, 2013

5 Deadly Tire Sins

Negligence and apathy consign more tires to early graves than road hazards ever will. Here are the Top 5 reasons you might be straining your tire budget to the breaking point, and how you can stem the financial hemorrhage.

June 10, 2013

Don't Blow a Gasket When Installing Oil and Fuel Filters

At first glance, it appears to be pretty simple to install a new oil or fuel filter on your heavy-duty vehicle: Just line up the threads and give it a spin. This mindset, however, can be dangerous to the vehicle’s operation and overall health.

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.

June 3, 2013

Inverter Installation: Troubleshooting 101

So you want to install an inverter, but with all the features and complexity of today’s more sophisticated units, you’re hesitant to take the plunge? Or, perhaps you’ve had some problems with your inverter, and you’re not sure if it’s a faulty unit … or a simple installation problem?

June 3, 2013

Independents Look to Service for Growth

Consolidation, more proprietary parts and increased competition are squeezing margins for those who sell heavy-duty truck parts. Industry experts are on the record saying that in the future, aftermarket parts distributors need to have service as part of their business if they want to remain profitable.

June 3, 2013

Tires are Key Component of CSA Inspections

As one of the two biggest non-labor expenses that trucking fleets have, tires require careful maintenance. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program further underscores the importance of good tire maintenance practices.

May 30, 2013

TA, Petro Offer 10W-30 Synthetic Blend Engine Oil

TravelCenters of America is offering low-viscosity, 10W-30 synthetic blend diesel engine oil, which can deliver fuel economy and other benefits, at all participating 24/7/365 TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube truck service facilities.

May 23, 2013

TravelCenters of America Opens New 24-Hour Truck Service Center in Indiana

TravelCenters of America opened a newly built truck service facility at the TA travel center located at I-65, Exit 230, in DeMotte, Ind. This TA Truck Service location offers four service bays and is open 24/7/365.

May 16, 2013

Meritor Wabco Releases Toolbox 11.0

Meritor Wabco announced the release of Toolbox 11.0, a PC-based diagnostics and troubleshooting software. The new software is available for purchase.

May 13, 2013

TireStamp Announces Tire Maintenance Services

TireStamp Inc. announced that its staff of tire and wheel maintenance experts will provide consulting services to fleet clients that want to improve their tire and wheel maintenance and reduce their costs.

May 1, 2013

How Much Do You Know About Heavy-Duty Coolants?

n the emerging days of the heavy-duty industry, as liquid-cooled engines were being developed and heaters were added to allow winter driving, finding the right coolant could be as easy as taking a trip to your pantry. Coolant is a lot more complex today, and the more you know about it, the better you can help your customers.

April 16, 2013

Selling and Servicing Modern Air Filters

As truck and engine makers continue to move toward vertical integration, fleet managers and owner-operators are less likely to be able to spec what air filter they want on their trucks, and that has implications for aftermarket parts sellers and shops.

April 9, 2013

5 Reasons to Outsource your Tire Maintenance

Tire maintenance is like preparing a fine meal. Unless you really like cooking and are very good at it, it's far easier – and safer sometimes – to visit a nice restaurant. Here are five reasons you might want to consider outsourcing your tire work.

April 8, 2013

Bendix Offers Online Training for Brakes and More

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems launched the Bendix On-Line Brake School at, providing access to its knowledge database and technical resources.

April 8, 2013

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Air Dryer

It's more important than ever to protect a truck's air system from contamination, because there are more and more on-vehicle technologies making use of that air. That's why having and taking proper care of an air dryer is vital.

April 8, 2013

Graco Introduces New Line of Heavy-Duty Hose Reels

Graco introduced a new line of hose reels to meet the servicing needs of heavy-duty vehicles. The new XD 40 and XD 50 hose reels incorporate a patent-pending exclusive swivel design that reduces pressure drop and can help to increase fluid flow rates, which are critically important for servicing large equipment.

April 2, 2013

Not Your Father's Air Filter

There was a time when fleet managers and owner-operators specified many components on their new trucks and tractors, but that's been seriously curtailed by vertical integration — the practice of manufacturers controlling the design and spec'ing process using parts they build themselves or get from a few suppliers.

April 2, 2013

Nitrogen Tire Inflation: Good Enough for NASA

Nitrogen tire inflation is not new -- it was even used in space shuttle tires! HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look in her "All That's Trucking" blog.


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