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Vehicles in Floodwater? Bendix Offers Servicing Tips

Vehicles in Floodwater? Bendix Offers Servicing Tips

If heavy trucks and trailers have been in relatively shallow water and circuitry and on-board computers are not damaged, they might still be serviceable. Not right away, though. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

September 13, 2017

Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Trailers get little enough attention in the real world, and this new focus gives them the respect they deserve. Trailers (and truck bodies) are where the payloads go, after all.

September 23, 2016

Wabco Building U.S. Factory to Make Air Disc Brakes
Preventive Maintenance Can Improve Fuel Economy, Report Says
4 Suspension Maintenance Items You Might Overlook
Kenworth Lists New Products, Services, Won’t Exhibit at MATS 2016
133 SuperTech Competitors Ready for Testing, Organizers Say

133 SuperTech Competitors Ready for Testing, Organizers Say

Organizers of TMC's SuperTech competition in Orlando, Fla., say they are ready to test 133 top technicians from across the United States beginning Monday. High scorers will emerge after two days of pitting their skills against pre-arranged flaws in 25 different areas of truck diagnostics and repairs, with the winners announced at a lunch on Wednesday.

September 22, 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 28, 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.

January 7, 2014

Quality Parts Should Go Into Trailer Electrical Systems, Updated TMC Recommendations Say
Selling and Servicing Modern Air Filters

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 16, 2013

Not Your Father's Air Filter

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

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 15, 2011

Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

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

February 9, 2010