CCJ Top 250
Troubleshooting brake imbalance
A balanced brake system is one in which all the vehicle’s brakes apply and release at about the same time, with each brake developing the appropriate braking force for its respective load.
February 1, 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
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
Filters often an unintended casualty of extended intervals, forgetfulness
Joining Matt and Jason on this week's 10-44 is NationaLease Vice President of Truck Technology and Maintenance Joe Puff.
October 27, 2022
Winterizing your fleet will be different this year
Combining a comprehensive annual plan with sophisticated data analytics and maintenance technology can keep trucks on the road and drivers safe during winter.
October 18, 2022
More women becoming diesel techs, but not fast enough to meet demand
Leaders in the diesel tech field admit women are often better than men when it comes to working with computers surrounding mechanics, but old stereotypes around gender roles are holding the industry back from attracting women to the field.
October 13, 2022
Lean on digital fleet network during economic downturn experts say
Trading in a spreadsheet for a fleet network management platform can help cut costs when revenue streams run narrow.
October 4, 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
Drivers matter in the fuel economy equation
Make sure the tire pressure is where it needs to be, make sure the trailer is pulling straight and make sure the fifth wheel is greased properly.
August 24, 2022
Trimble, Navistar integration streamlines outsourced maintenance process
Connected maintenance is part of Trimble's broader Connect and Scale 2025 strategy, which is centered on building cloud platforms to streamline the industry lifecycle of transportation from procurement to planning to execution.
August 16, 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
Valvoline opens first heavy-duty service center
The Valvoline Heavy-Duty Fleet Services center technicians perform PMs and oil and filter changes; component checks; transmission and differential service; and DOT inspections, all in 75 minutes or less.
June 16, 2022
Not testing fluids? You could be missing a 150% ROI
Testing and sampling is fairly inexpensive, and the industry average is about a 150% return on what fleets are spending on those samples.
May 26, 2022
Is your HVAC ready for summer?
Hot air blasting through the vents? Squealing? Funky odor? What's wrong with your AC system? Know the warning signs of failing parts, the common causes of a broken AC and how to fix it.
May 12, 2022
A top-tier tire maintenance program is a balancing act
Typically, for a steer tire, when a tire isn’t balanced you’ll see cupping or scalloping (wavy wear) on the shoulder ribs. Over time that can progress to the intermediate ribs.
March 11, 2022
Tire anomaly technology is more than a compliance and maintenance tool. It’s also a safety tool.
IRD has experienced an "explosion of interest" with it's tire anomaly and classification system because of its accuracy in catching tire abnormalities.
February 13, 2022
Winter weather influences fleet maintenance practices
January is usually the coldest month of the year across the U.S. with average temperatures of just under 35 degrees, but February is not too far behind.
January 27, 2022
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Driver coaching and scorecarding
Eco-driving coaching can improve driver safety performance
A recent study on behalf of Isaac Instruments found that a 1% increase in the use of eco-driving technique cruise control is associated with a 3% reduction in the odds of a hard-braking event, which can reduce the odds of having a collision.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Knight-Swift, U.S. Xpress deal likely passes Go, 'near zero chance' it is a monopoly
Mergers & Acquisitions
Knight-Swift acquiring U.S. Xpress for more than $800 million
Texas-based project would give freight trucks priority at red lights
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