Topics Service & Repair

How fast can you change disc brakes?

As part of the 2013 Rush Truck Center Tech Rodeo in San Antonio this week, Bendix sponsored a Professional Brake Replacer ...

Blaine Brothers acquires Hydraulic Supply

Blaine Brothers has expanded its diverse capabilities into fluid power with the acquisition of Hydraulic Specialty, Inc. (HSI). Hydraulic Specialty opened in 1968 in Fridley, Minn. The company offers hydraulic service and repair, custom manufactured cylinders, power units, winches and manifolds. Blaine Brothers says Hydraulic Specialty is a complete ...

Rush Tech Rodeo transmission challenge held Monday

While many of his co-workers were still asleep, Rush Truck Center – Waco technician Kevin Chupik was hard at work assembling a transmission. Chupik, who is representing his dealership in the Rush Tech Rodeo in San Antonio this week, was given 45 minutes to assemble a transmission main shaft ...

Mitchell 1 completes updates for 2013 model year

Mitchell 1 says it has completed updates to the company's suite of Web-based software programs for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, providing diagnostic, repair and labor time information for the model year 2013. The Tractor-Trailer.net, Medium-Truck.net, Repair-Connect.net and TruckLabor products provide technical information, including mechanical labor hours, required to diagnose ...

SAF Holland releases new tech tips

SAF-Holland has released the third document in its new technical tips educational series. This week’s feature provides details and tips for performing preventive maintenance on fifth wheels heading into the winter months. SAF-Holland says routine maintenance and lubrication are a necessary part of a fifth wheel’s service life, and ...

Penske awarded for PM certification program

Penske Truck Leasing has received the 2013 National Excellence in Training Award by the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC). One of seven companies to earn the honor, Penske was lauded for its heavy-duty and medium-duty truck preventive maintenance (PM) certification program for the 5,500 maintenance technicians and customer service ...

Showcasing your value

It’s important to note analysis alone won’t sell your customers on your shop. You also must be able to do the necessary work. To produce a PM offering capable of appealing to your customers, Joe Monteleone with WheelTime fleet services says you have to showcase your value. RELATED: Selling your shop's ...

Massachusetts passes Right to Repair reconciliation measure

The heavy-duty aftermarket picked up a needed win last week when the Massachusetts state legislature passed a bill to reconcile to Right to Repair laws passed in the state in 2012. The bill was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday. Under the new legislation, Massachusetts would ...

Selling your shop’s analysis services

The two highest variable costs in commercial trucking are fuel and maintenance. While the former grabs its fair share of headlines, maintenance isn’t something fleets take lightly. A strong maintenance program greatly reduces a fleet’s overall expenses. This is an area where your service department can be invaluable. According to a ...

HD group leaders to discuss service at SOLD’14

The heads of three major aftermarket marketing and buying groups will get together to discuss the role of service in tomorrow’s heavy-duty aftermarket at the upcoming Service Opportunities Learning Day (SOLD). Set for Jan. 27 at the Mirage in Las Vegas before the start of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, ...