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Carriers talk inventory, allocation frustration during Aftermarket Dialogue
Customers took center stage for a panel discussion to close out Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue Monday in Grapevine, Texas.
January 17, 2023
Step-by-step air brake inspection
If you are inspecting brakes, you should become familiar with federal and state periodic inspection requirements because anyone performing required periodic inspections must meet specific criteria in terms of experience and training.
January 4, 2023
Air brake system anatomy
Three basic systems of air brakes you should be familiar with before attempting maintenance or replacement work.
December 7, 2022
With temps falling, it's time for a coolant checkup
There are more than a handful of ways to test a coolant, but two methods are more reliable than many of the others.
November 24, 2022
CVSA announces 2023 enforcement blitz dates
CVSA plans four scheduled enforcement campaigns next year.
November 2, 2022
Engine brakes are changing to meet needs of wide variety of engine types
“As manufacturers work on ways to comply with stricter emissions standards, especially those focusing on CO2 and NOx, suppliers need to develop products that are compatible with the new vehicles,” says Jacobs Vehicle Systems' Robb Janak.
November 2, 2022
Tips for spec’ing and maintaining automatic brake adjustors
Guidelines gleaned from fleet managers and field service representatives can help make better-informed ABA maintenance and purchasing decisions.
November 2, 2022
EV range extended with low rolling resistance tires
Tire experts say to shop for low rolling resistance tires to add range to electric vehicles and to look for wear resistance performance characteristics since EVs wear out tires faster than internal combustion vehicles.
October 31, 2022
Recovering flooded vehicles requires careful service and follow-up
Hurricane Ian flooded plenty of vehicles, trucks among them. Some will be scrapped while others can be restored to road-worthy status after taking diligent steps to ensure water intrusion has been thoroughly addressed.
October 10, 2022
Caliper stuck? Tips for unfreezing a frozen brake caliper
Caliper pistons that are not returning properly, or appear to be seized in the bore, can be caused by residual hydraulic pressure keeping the piston applied.
October 5, 2022
Keeping drivers cool while fuel prices remain hot
A typical long-haul truck idles about 1,800 hours per year, consuming about 1,500 gallons of diesel.
September 23, 2022
Brake relining and restoration
Carefully measuring lining thickness is recommended, but if you are performing a visual inspection, look for lining thickness that is slightly higher than the rivet heads that secure it to the brake shoe.
September 7, 2022
Selecting the right brake lining
The brake system is the means by which force is applied, but the brake lining is actually the component that bears the brunt of all the heat, weight, energy and force created during braking.
August 3, 2022
The toughest states for brakes violations: 2022 update to get prepped for Brake Safety Week blitz
The brakes-enforcement blitz's focus this year on hose/tube chafing yields plenty in the way of tips for preparing. What states are most likely to issue violations during the August 21-28 event? Find out here.
August 2, 2022
Uniroyal relaunching commercial tire line
Uniroyal Tires relaunches commercial truck tire line with 3 new tires. Also: Starsky Robotics founder is back; Connecticut’s Sculley named TAEC Chairman.
August 1, 2022
Bridgestone announces Bandag price increase
Bridgestone said it will increase prices up to 15% on all Bandag Tread, cushion and some ancillary items in the U.S. next month.
July 5, 2022
Hutcheson cleared by committee, on track for confirmation as FMCSA admin
Robin Hutcheson is on a path to be FMCSA's first full-time administrator since 2019. Also: Unannounced brake blitz catches almost 1,300; Meritor updates MeritorPartsXpress.com to reduce turnaround time for driveshaft orders.
June 23, 2022
Safety is a year-round concern
June may be National Safety Month but safety is a year-round concern.
June 20, 2022
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Pay and benefits
Pay a top factor for driver turnover but 'not always an amount issue'
More than 50% of respondents to a recent CCJ driver survey said their carrier had raised pay at least twice since 2020.
House bill offers recruiting and retention incentives, grants to truck drivers
U.S. Xpress names Julie Van de Kamp president of dedicated
Supply chain correction helps put the 'worst of the inflation crisis behind us'
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