CCJ Top 250
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
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
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
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
Where have all the truck parts gone?
From EGR coolers and sensors to water pumps, fleets are scrambling to find the repair parts they need.
July 11, 2021
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Safety & Compliance
FMCSA looks to expand definition, mounting position of vehicle safety tech
FMCSA proposes to amend its regs to allow lower mounting of vehicle safety tech. Also, Yokohama Tire Corporation will implement a price increase next month; WEL Companies (CCJ Top 250, No. 178) is increasing driver pay for the second time this year.
July 6, 2021
Supply chain woes hit salvage market with increased parts demand
The salvage market has started to receive an uptick in sales and customer inquiries of many common (and not so common) used and rebuilt aftermarket parts.
June 27, 2021
How to get the most out of your batteries
A truck’s components could be in top working order. But the wrong battery configuration based on use case and temperature can zap a truck’s power.
May 27, 2021
Nine maintenance tips to reduce CSA violations
It's near-impossible to avoid all CSA violations but you can significantly reduce them.
May 20, 2021
How to: Check for wheel-end seal leaks
A properly functioning wheel-end hub is essential to all medium- and heavy-duty truck and trailer brake systems. Which means when a hub begins to leak, the outcome if untreated can quickly become catastrophic.
May 12, 2021
Set and follow best practices to lower light and HOS infractions
This year's Roadcheck takes place May 4-6 with an emphasis on lighting, the 'number one vehicle violation' and hours-of-service which continue to rank as the top cause for out-of-service driver violations. CCJ talked with experts about both.
April 29, 2021
Pinched ports: Bottlenecks at California ports wreaking havoc on truck parts supply chain
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could open two spectacular truck parts distribution businesses right now. So could the boats in their harbors.
March 18, 2021
The toughest 15 states for lights violations, one of the 2021 Roadcheck emphases
Here are the top 15 states when it comes to a propensity to issue lights-related violations. And data also point to both 2021 Roadcheck enforcement-emphasis areas in Georgia, Vermont and Nevada.
March 4, 2021
Engine oil plays critical role in DPF life
Upwards of 90% of the ash that goes into the DPF is from engine lubricant.
February 25, 2021
Fewer DPF regens with biodiesel and renewable diesel
In addition to lowering emissions, biodiesel and renewable diesel offer reduced DPF back-pressure and fewer regens.
February 25, 2021
Diesel coolant heaters reduce DPF wear and tear
Diesel coolant heaters improve DPF life by drastically cutting cold-start soot. Engine wear is also reduced and fuel consumption improves by cutting 'needless engine idling.'
February 23, 2021
Pending Goodyear, Cooper tie up creates tire behemoth
In the combined portfolio, Goodyear will be positioned as the original equipment and premium replacement tire while Cooper, Roadmaster, Mastercraft, and Mickey Thompson will be the mid-tier brands.
February 22, 2021
Looming mandate will impact composition of brake friction material
A looming mandate calls for brake manufacturers to reduce the amount of copper found in friction material to meet a copper-free brake pad agreement from 2015.
November 20, 2020
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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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