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Is your truck getting the most out of its oil?

March 13, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The last truck I owned was a 1991 Peterbilt 379 with a Detroit Series 60 engine. I had to change the oil in that thing every 10,000 miles (16,000 km). At about $200 a pop every time I pulled the drain plug, oil changes took a significant bite out of my maintenance budget. I’m not in a big hurry to buy another truck, but I have to say I’m envious of current truck owners who can get away with two or three oil changes per year — in some cases, maybe only one.

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Searching for the right wheel bearing adjustments

March 8, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The tolerable end play for truck wheel bearings lies somewhere between the thickness of a human hair and a sheet of paper. In other words, it’s perfectly acceptable to adjust wheel bearings so that they are just a little bit loose, but not too loose. How do you set your end play?

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Keep Connected: Maintenance tips for electronic and electric truck systems

November 27, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The ever-growing number of sensors and electrical systems mean vehicle components are more interconnected than ever before – adding a layer of complexity to troubleshooting efforts, and requiring a broader approach to diagnostic procedures.

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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.

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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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IN PRINT — 3 Rust-Fighting Tips

May 8, 2017 by John Smith

Corrosion can seem almost impossible to eliminate without first spending your -company into insolvency. There are, however, ways to mitigate the effects of corrosion — or in some cases forestall its onset until you have disposed of the asset. The solution starts with the equipment spec’, but most of the effort will go into maintenance.

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IN PRINT — Rust Never Sleeps: There are ways to combat corrosion

May 2, 2017 by John Smith

It’s too bad that corrosion isn’t a line item on a budget. Maybe it’s best that it isn’t. The figure would shock you. It’s one thing to track replacement costs for brake parts and wheels that are prematurely removed from service, but many of your electronics-related problems likely relate to corrosion, too. Emissions systems faults, Antilock Brake System faults, lighting and more probably stem from corrosion. Your budget line item should probably include downtime as well as the cost of the failed part.

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FOUR-POST LIFTS

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Literature on Rotary Lift’s new heavy-duty four-poster line.

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FOUR-POST LIFTS

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Literature on Rotary Lift’s new heavy-duty four-poster line.

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Keep Your Trucks Longer: A Checklist

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

A checklist for keeping your long trucks longer.

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Facility Audits: Proof is Proof

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

How to win over the DOT folks.

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TMC FOR OWNER-OPS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Owner-operators can get discounted membership in TMC. It’s not just for fleets.

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HANDHELD SCAN TOOL

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

From NEXIQ Technologies comes the next-generation Pro-Link iQ