Topics Service & Repair

Understanding failure clues is a requirement for maintaining turbo performance

A turbocharger is a vital component to maximizing the performance of a commercial truck engine. Turbochargers increase engine power, boost ...

ConMet adds Spanish-language option to online training product

Consolidated Metco (ConMet) has released a Spanish-language version of its online Hub Training 2.0 at http://www.conmet.com/training-spanish. The second generation of this training, now available in Spanish and English, includes more subject matter on PreSet Plus hub assemblies, and greater detail on hubs and other ConMet wheel-end products, the company ...

NGVi opens registration for more training courses

The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) says registration is now open for a variety of 2015 courses. While registration for the Institute’s December course in Baton Rouge, La. ends tomorrow, classes in Phoenix, Long Beach, Calif. and San Leandro, Calif. are now open for the opening months of 2015. The ...

Will ‘Freedom of choice’ offer opportunity for independent aftermarket?

Late last week, the Association of Global Automakers and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers released a document titled “Consumer Privacy Protection Principles.” In it, the two groups outlined a series of customer privacy options they hope to see manufacturer’s implement and offer to purchasing customers. The groups say these options ...

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 ...

NGVi early bird savings end this week

The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) announces early bird registration rates will expire Wednesday for its NGV Technician and Fleet Operations Safety Training and CNG Fuel System Inspector Training courses next month in Louisiana. Set for Dec. 9-11, 2014 in Baton Rouge, NGVi says the three days of training ...

New Forward Lift accessories on the market

Forward Lift introduces several accessories that increase the versatility and ease-of-use of its FCH series of mobile column lifts. The fork reducer sleeves, riser kits, jack stands and LED lights allow shops to service a wider variety of vehicles and complete jobs more efficiently. “FCH series mobile column lifts come ...

TMC announces 2015 theme

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2015 annual meeting and technology exhibition will be themed ‘Fueling the Future.’ Scheduled for Feb. 16-19, 2015 at the Music City Center in Nashville, the event will be highlighted by important discussions about fuel economy standards, alternate fuels, asset utilization and tire ...

Mitchell 1 adds web-based programs

Mitchell 1 has completed updates to its suite of web-based software programs for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, providing repair information, trouble code procedures and labor time estimating for model year 2014 vehicles. Mitchell 1 keeps its software current throughout the year with running changes and adds data for the ...

MERA adds a pair

The Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) welcomes the Center for Thermal Spray Research and Hansford Parts and Products as our newest member companies. MERA’s mission “is to advance the remanufacturing industry and the business interests of our members,” the group says. “Our network of remanufacturers, suppliers and professional services firms — operating ...