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How to perform an effective tire test

March 21, 2019 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. — Running an accurate tire test isn’t a matter of simply throwing on new rubber and tracking fuel receipts. A true test requires at least 30 wheel positions to remain at the end of the test, and the […]

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Smart trailers delivering loads of data with their freight

March 21, 2019 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – The same trailers that haul freight are increasingly expected to deliver data in the course of their journeys. But there are still technical challenges to overcome.

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Special Demands: Tips to maintain specialty trailers

November 27, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Maintaining a fleet of trailers is complicated enough, but specialty trailers pose their own unique challenges. The more complex a trailer design is, the greater the potential for maintenance-related headaches. We caught up with maintenance professionals to […]

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John Bean offers sense of wheel balance

September 6, 2018 by John Smith

The John Bean 9800 heavy-duty wheel balancing system will bring a sense of balance to truck, bus, RV and automobile wheel and tire assemblies. Capable of handling wheels from 12-24.5 inches in size, including super-single tires, the model comes with […]

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Break Down the Breakdowns: Controlling on-road maintenance

September 6, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. —  Mike Gomes, the vice-president of maintenance for Bison Transport, summarizes his fleet’s on-road repair process in six simple words: “Truck broke. Fix truck. Send money.” It’s a joke, of course, but there’s still a ring of truth to it. Each step in the process – especially as it relates to controlling costs – makes a roadside breakdown much more difficult to manage than work in your own shop.

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Deep Trouble: Repairing trucks and trailers after a flood

June 25, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. —  Water isn’t kind to electronics or brakes or air systems or engines. The last thing short of a fire you could want to happen to your truck is to have it submerged in flood. Actually, a fire might be preferable — the damage is obvious, and you’ll get less argument from the insurance company about replacing it.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 15: Under the Truck

June 4, 2018 by elizabeth

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck scheduled for June 5-7 2018, starts tomorrow!

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.ion

In this episode we look at all things under the truck.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 14: Brake Components

May 31, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

In this episode we look at brake components.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 4: First Things First

May 14, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

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Gear up for April 18 maintenance summit

March 26, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit is fast approaching and will bring high-profile industry speakers from across North America to Toronto’s International Centre on April 18. And there will be plenty to absorb, from electrification, to collision mitigation, spec’ing practices, fuel economy, and more.

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Maintenance council tackling brake adjustment

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations (TMC) is looking to establish recommended maintenance practices to address excessive stroke in S-cam brakes. The result will provide a diagnostic and troubleshooting guide to help technicians […]

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Parts is Parts? Hardly. Observations from Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

January 26, 2018 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, NV — Children of the 1980s might recall a Wendy’s commercial that mocked the quality of chicken sandwiches from competing fast food chains. “Parts is parts,” the cashier for a generic restaurant says with a shrug, suggesting different pieces can be fused together into some sort of processed Frankenchicken.

There are clearly differences in parts, though.

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Do you know the top in shops?

January 10, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The search is on for the 28th Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year, an honor sponsored by Volvo Trucks Canada. Nominations can be submitted through https://www.trucksummit.ca/apply-today/, but close on February 16. Those eligible for the award […]

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2016 CFMS Fleet Maintenance Mgr of the Year: Mike Gaudet

December 15, 2017 by John Smith
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Heil maintenance videos

December 14, 2017 by John Smith

Heil – a maker of refuse collection bodies – has introduced the Service Shack video series, featuring step-by-step maintenance instructions in English, Spanish, and French.