Today's Trucking

Stoughton chooses Wabco automatic slack adjusters

May 21, 2019 by John Smith

Wabco EasyFit automatic slack adjusters are now the standard brake offering on Stoughton trailers.


Fras-le unveils value-priced friction material

January 30, 2019 by John Smith

Fras-le has expanded its lineup of hydraulic brake pads and added a new value-priced friction material called durbloc into the mix. Pins and other features in a related Mechanical Retention System (MRS) have been designed to help keep water from […]


Bendix unveils reman brake calipers

January 28, 2019 by John Smith

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake is now offering remanufactured air disc brake calipers, promising a combination of price advantages along with performance, warranty, and post-sales support. Air disc brakes have been available in North America for about 15 years and are […]


Cardone unveils heavy-duty brake program

December 11, 2018 by John Smith

Cardone Industries is launching a complete heavy-duty brake program that includes air disc calipers, brake pads, rotors, and other accessories for Class 7 and 8 vehicles. While engineered and tested to meet or exceed OE performance, the products will save […]


Want to spot brake defects? ‘Bend at the waist’

September 7, 2018 by John Smith

Brakes are a focus of roadside enforcement officers every day of the year, but the focus will intensify later this month during Brake Safety Week. Scheduled for Sept. 16-22, the week coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) combines education initiatives and inspections alike, depending on the jurisdiction. It has traditionally allowed enforcement teams to shine a light on a variety of systems and issues.


Stop and Think: Strategies to avoid brake violations

September 7, 2018 by John Smith

Despite steady enforcement initiatives such as Brake Safety Day, a part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program, brake-related defects continue to be a leading cause of out-of-service violations. But fleet maintenance departments have a direct impact on a fleet’s violation rate, since routine maintenance can prevent many of the defects found at roadside.


Where’s the credit, CVSA?

July 19, 2018 Jim Park

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance just published the results of its unannounced Brake Safety Day enforcement initiative, which took place on April 25.


Clear the Air: Don’t be sidelined by a failing air compressor

March 16, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Admit it. A truck’s air system probably isn’t your most pressing maintenance concern. The systems are pretty reliable, and beyond changing the air-dryer desiccant cartridge every couple of years, you probably don’t give the rest of the system any more attention than it absolutely needs. While its primary function is supplying air for the brake system — an important task in its own right — other components on the truck need air, too. Automated transmissions, for example, and certain emissions system components.


20K friction for Bendix aftermarket line

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix is expanding its Advanced aftermarket line of brake friction with the BA203 – providing 20K friction suitable for linehaul applications that don’t require a Reduced Stopping Distance product. The new offering will provide higher torque and perform in higher […]


Haldex partners with Fras-le on disc brakes

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – Haldex is bringing its Air Disc Brakes to North America with a “big bang,” says Walter Frankiewicz, president and senior vice president, Haldex North America.

The company announced during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week that it is offering a full line of all-makes Air Disc Brake pad repair kits through a partnership with Fras-le.


IN PRINT — What happens when drums and discs mix?

November 6, 2017 by John Smith

Now that air disc brakes have taken their place in North American truck makers’ order books, fleets are still asking questions about mixing discs and drums. Are there serious downsides to running discs only on the steer axle? Should I worry about mixing disc-equipped trailers with drum-equipped tractors or vice versa?


Bendix upgrading brakes and electronics

September 29, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – “Push them in, the wheels spin.” It’s one of the first things that many driver trainees memorize when learning how to use the yellow tractor protection control valve and red trailer supply valve. Now Bendix is preparing to release a new generation of the controls among a series of new product releases coming in 2018.


Hurricane clean-up will include brake systems

September 14, 2017 by elizabeth

ELYRIA, OH – The rain has stopped in many areas and the sun is out, but the clean-up is just beginning.
For those drivers and fleets with trucks that took on water during recent Category 4 and 5 hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it’s important that clean-up includes taking steps to ensure brake components are checked and cleaned or replaced.


RSD brake linings

July 25, 2017 by John Smith

AxleTech is expanding its portfolio of on-highway brake shoe kits to include Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) brake linings.


Ep 17: Tractor Protection Valve

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Do you know why a tractor-trailer is equipped with a tractor protection valve? And do you know how enforcement teams will inspect it? Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore the related steps.