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Steering issue prompts recall of over 100,000 Freightliner Cascadias
The recall is due to a steering component that could come loose, resulting in a complete loss of steering. Also: Truck stops push for extension of biodiesel tax credit; Insurtech firm partners with Indemnity Insurance; Utility recalls 260 reefer trailers.
September 21, 2021
New Mack maintenance program prioritizes uptime, cost of ownership
Mack's new Mack Premium Service Agreement is available to Anthem, Pinnacle, Granite, TerraPro and LR owners. Also: First battery-electric Peterbilt 579EVs purchased in Canada; fleet receives first production Peterbilt Model 536 medium-duty truck.
September 17, 2021
TMC introduces EV tech training task force to write RP
TMC has started development of a recommended practice for electric vehicle technician training that hopes to include guidance regarding battery service, testing, charging, shipping and handling, tool requirements and more.
September 13, 2021
Report finds a decrease in frequency of unscheduled roadside repair, yet cost of repair rising
Fleets getting more miles between breakdowns but cost of repair climbing.
September 12, 2021
Truck, trailer shortages fuel need for predictive maintenance
Holding on to used equipment longer raises the risk of unplanned maintenance events. Predictive maintenance can help.
September 3, 2021
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How parts departments are learning from the parts shortage
It doesn’t matter where you sit in the aftermarket, those on the front line of sourcing parts explain how dire the situation is and what they learned.
August 31, 2021
Holy moly: Proper grease compounds critical in lube application
Moly particles are solid additives that are normally larger than the fluid film developed by the base oil in a high-speed bearing. The higher the relative linear speed, the lower the viscosity required to provide an adequate lubrication film.
August 26, 2021
Combating rustjacking is an industrywide effort
Rustjacking on brakes is dangerous and it can get a vehicle pulled out of service. Combating rustjacking is a team sport for owners, techs and brake vendors.
August 17, 2021
The intensity of brakes, other vehicle enforcement is highest in these states
What's your guess for the state most prone to hand out the highest rate of violations in any inspection? What about brake violations, a big focus of next week's nationwide brake-blitz? Find out what the numbers say here.
August 20, 2021
Brake adjustment a sneaky Top 5 truck out of service violation thanks to misdiagnosis and improper shop practices
Despite years of warnings, automatic slack adjusters continue to be manually adjusted by technicians who may not know any better or who may be eager to get a truck out of the shop.
November 26, 2020
Why contract maintenance makes sense for private fleets
A good contract maintenance provider knows that the nucleus of truck maintenance is always a structured, rigid preventive maintenance program.
August 16, 2021
Reinventing the fan clutch industry
The problem with the fan clutch business was that it didn’t have to earn a customer’s business because the demand for the fan clutch grew out of a government mandate.
August 16, 2021
5 ways fleet managers can reduce operational costs
There are numerous overheads in this line of work. The most prominent ones that spring to mind are fuel charges and asset maintenance costs.
August 15, 2021
Don’t fall victim to truck downtime this autumn
With longer nights and shorter days right around the corner, drivers need to focus on how to stay safe when temperatures begin to drop, running wildlife are abundant, and roads are slick with wet leaves.
August 11, 2021
Disc brakes as a driver retention tool
Can having better brakes retain and recruit more drivers? Experts say the confidence and comfort that air disc brakes inspire can win over more drivers.
August 11, 2021
More than 6,700 trucks, 2,000 drivers placed OOS during Roadcheck
Inspectors removed 6,710 commercial vehicles and 2,080 drivers from roadways – a 16.5% vehicle and 5.3% driver out-of-service rate – over the three-day period.
August 3, 2021
FTC looks to crack down on 'right to repair' violators
The FTC said it will now prioritize investigations into unlawful repair restrictions under relevant statutes, such as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Also: Ohio KW dealership opens new service center.
July 27, 2021
Using telematics to improve maintenance practices
One way to help control maintenance costs is for fleets to mitigate the chances of unscheduled roadside maintenance. Marco Encinas with Teletrac Navman said fleets can use telematics to help keep unscheduled maintenance in check.
July 22, 2021
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Spot load volume returns to pre-holiday levels
Spot volume rebounded sharply in all segments, confirming that the recent reduction in load availability resulted from the Labor Day holiday.
Joshi confirmation hearing is Wednesday, set to lead FMCSA
TCA asks members to contact reps over Biden vax mandate
How fleets can adapt to inevitable proliferation of electric, alt-fuel trucks
Video-Based Safety: Myth vs. Reality
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