CCJ Top 250
Service and repair
Tire wear patterns telling of overall truck maintenance
Correctly reading and interpreting tire wear can save you money, enhance safety and alleviate maintenance headaches.
July 1, 2011
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
Trucksmiths embracing change
The trucking industry has been changing since horse drawn wagons started being replaced by the first Mack Brothers motorized vehicles in Manhattan in 1904.
January 29, 2023
MEMA's Wilson: This might be the year for right to repair
"We believe this is the Congress to get this done," says MEMA's Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Ann Wilson.
January 18, 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
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
Female diesel techs find challenges in entering 'male-dominated industry'
Among the biggest challenges facing female diesel technicians is gaining the respect of their male counterparts.
October 18, 2022
Why trucking companies need an on-site truck repair shop
In-house maintenance offers time and money savings, more reliability and more options.
October 17, 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
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
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
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
Maintaining proper tire pressure presents 'huge opportunity in today's volatile fuel market'
Aside from keeping an eye on the numbers at the pumps, tire experts advise keeping a close eye on tire pressure to help maximize fuel economy at a time when fuel prices have reached historic highs.
July 2, 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
Proper wheel end play the difference in bearing life and loose wheels
Pre-adjusted wheel end systems are intended to be locked down and secured based on the tolerance stack ups of components inside the system.
February 18, 2020
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The internet's smartest chatbot might never be OEM certified
ChatGPT knows a lot, but it doesn't know a lot about diesel engine maintenance (yet).
ATA's Spear talks congestion, driver shortage, more at Congressional hearing
Freightliner debuts second SuperTruck
FirstFleet creates nextgen in-cab driver experience
Trucksmiths embracing change
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