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Maintaining and Servicing Diesel Particulate Filters

August 15, 2011
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...

Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse
Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse

January 23, 2015
Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease
Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

February 4, 2014
What’ll it be, buddy? New or used? Buy or lease? A salesperson could throw those questions at a prospective buyer and get a combination of answers, and none...

Ford: Moisture in Cooler Causing Loss of Power in F-150 EcoBoost Engines

May 29, 2013
Customer complaints about loss of power with Ford’s EcoBoost V-6 engine in its F-150 pickups, reported by the general news media over the Memorial Day...

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring
Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

January 3, 2014
Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED...

Maintaining Air Springs and Shock Absorbers
Maintaining Air Springs and Shock Absorbers

December 18, 2015
Air suspensions are subject to wear and aging, and must be regularly inspected and repaired or replaced when necessary.

Eliminating Contaminants from Truck and Trailer Air Systems

December 29, 2010
A heavy truck's air system is a basic and important set of components that should be spec'd correctly and then maintained properly.

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again
Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

July 30, 2013
Coming up: another “non-event” for brakes? That’s what Phase Two of new federal stopping-distance requirements will be for truck operators, according to...

Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery
Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

February 9, 2010
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...

LEDs Light the Way
LEDs Light the Way

April 15, 2014
If you were in trucking about 30 years ago, you might remember the switch from incandescent sealed-beam headlamps to halogens, which were so much better...

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