Human beings aren't much different from the trucks they drive. Like humans, trucks can have stuff going on inside that could prove detrimental to longevity. Since we can't open a door and peer inside for a look, we rely on blood tests, blood pressure checks, cholesterol, and blood sugar tests, to name a few. Oil sampling and analysis provides a similar level of insight into the internal condition of engines.
Oil analysis provides insight on several levels. You can verify the condition of the oil at certain mileage intervals, which is useful when planning extended oil drain intervals, and you can also determine wear rates of certain engine components by looking at the metal content in the oil sample.
"Every individual engine will have its own wear-metal signature," says Andre St. Jean, director of analytic services with Montreal-based Total Canada, which produces Quartz and Rubia engine oils and lubricants. "Different brands and models of engine will be different, too, because they are made of different materials. What is considered normal wear will also vary from engine to engine. It's important to watch for the wear, but the wear trends are equally important."
MONTREAL, Que. -- Tires are a fleet’s third-highest operating expense, just after wages and fuel. But while many fleet managers can tell you precisely how many drops of diesel they burn, tire life is often described in vague terms, says Lorenzo Borella, general manager of Montreal’s Système de rechapage RTS.
A closer look at the life of rolling rubber will identify just how quickly the rolling rubber is heading to the scrap heap, and stress the need to maximize the underlying investments.
Having a healthy casing retreaded, for example, can save as much as 50% compared to buying a new tire of the same brand and model. According to the Tire Retread Information Bureau, those savings add up to billions each year in the North American trucking industry, says Robert Palmer, director of market sales for Bridgestone Americas tire operations.
GREENBELT, Md. -- The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has an international focus, finding common ground for roadside inspection practices across North America. But these days the alliance also has a decidedly Canadian face in Collin Mooney.
Today’s Trucking caught up with Mooney to discuss ...
JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. -- CH Express drivers were not alone in worries that a U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) might affect how much they could make. But managers at the flatbed fleet have responded in a bold way – by paying the long-haul drivers by the hour rather than distances.
MONTREAL, QC -- Trucks that run on alternative fuels promise to be easier on the environment, but the equipment itself can be tougher on a capital budget. Consider natural gas. It’s historically cheaper than diesel, but the trucks that use it can cost an extra $50,000 to $100,000 over the price of their conventionally fueled counterparts, depending on the spec’s.