CCJ Top 250
Maintenance: Page 2
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
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
Lack of tire inflation education is alarming
A recent survey revealed that 48% of drivers don’t know how often to check tire pressure and that 53% don’t know how to check tread wear to determine if tires show signs of damage.
July 4, 2021
EV tech shortage concern looms as zero-emission mandates draw near
As more commercial and consumer EVs hit the road, industry experts say fleets need to plan ahead and consider how these high-tech wonders just might attract a broader pool of technicians, particularly women, which could help alleviate a tech shortage.
June 29, 2021
Jackknife investigation should start with the tires
Tire manufacturers publish load-to-inflation charts for every commercial truck tire, which indicate for every change in load, what the change in tire PSI should be.
June 29, 2021
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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
Extending engine oil drains could be as simple as opening the owner's manual
Depending on engine OEM and duty cycle, recommended drain intervals have skyrocketed by more than 300% over the 25,000 mile benchmark.
June 17, 2021
Fleet owner sentenced for falsifying FCMSA documents
He will serve jail time and must pay restitution for trying to hide his affiliation with a company under an out-of-service order. Also: Great Dane trailers recalled; fleet rebrands as 3PL.
June 10, 2021
Navigating the minefield of fleet innovation
Some great ideas take a sales and marketing team to sell them. Unfortunately, the world still does not beat a path to your door unless you are Apple.
June 9, 2021
Controlling maintenance costs
Maintenance decisions should be based on what makes the most sense given an application and the duty cycle of vehicles.
June 1, 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
How to make more informed asset purchase decisions
Maintenance and repair data will also show abnormally high-cost trends that you should analyze and leverage in the component specification selection process.
May 11, 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
Survey finds varied roadside maintenance intervals
During the fourth quarter, the average fleet operated 36,315 miles between unscheduled road repairs, largely in line with previous quarters. Also, Roehl Transport gives drivers another raise.
April 29, 2021
Trimble, TA collaborate on maintenance software platform
TravelCenters of America and Trimble on Monday announced a software integration. Also, Rand McNally on Monday released a new edition of its Road Atlas.
April 27, 2021
Oils & lubricants
Thick oil may leave money on the table
Fleet owners stand to lessen their costs per mile by selecting high-performing, lower-viscosity lubricants.
April 25, 2021
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TCA asks members to contact reps over Biden vax mandate
The logistics of vaccinating professional truck drivers in an irregular operating environment is a concern.
How fleets can adapt to inevitable proliferation of electric, alt-fuel trucks
Former Celadon exec: Industry 'close to having enough drivers'
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