Topics Service & Repair

Hunter showcases fully automatic tire changer

Hunter Engineering Company has released its new Revolution fully automatic tire changer. The Revolution uses the same fully automatic process for ...

Utility company keeps up with PM for large mixed fleet

Tom Browne, Fleet Services Region Manager for Alabama Power Company, currently oversees more than 2,700 trucks and heavy equipment. He and his team are responsible for maintenance on each piece of equipment, which is in-service and scattered cross 52,423 square miles and all of Alabama’s 67 counties. “When we put a new truck ...

Mitchell 1 offers tips on DEF analysis

In a recent Shop Connection Blog post from Mitchell 1, the Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) offers tips on how to determine if Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) has been contaminated with common vehicle fluids. It’s a quick tip, but valuable information because contaminated DEF can damage system components and ...

Training provides valuable education opportunity

Technology in the aftermarket can move at a blinding pace. Sometimes, faster than the average technician can keep up. It’s with that in mind that Hendrickson hosted the American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists (ACOFAS) for a suspension and axle training course earlier this week at its location ...

IPA publishes white paper on tire maintenance

IPA has released a white paper titled “The Butterfly Effect on Tire Maintenance.” The paper is a comprehensive analysis of poor tire maintenance and its effects on tread life and fuel economy in the commercial trucking industry, IPA says. “The white paper aims to shed light on the compounded ...

Decisiv rolls out Days Out of Service Impact Calculator

Decisiv, Inc. announced Monday the availability of a Days Out of Service Impact Calculator designed to enable fleets to calculate the impact of DOS on bottom line profitability. The Decisiv Days Out of Service Impact Calculator requires that fleets input a small amount of general information about their company and ...

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 fuel economy, and are important components in emission systems. When operating at peak levels, a turbocharger simply makes a truck run better. Today’s factory-installed turbochargers are built to run effectively ...

NGVi announces another NGV training session

The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) announces it will hold its next series of NGV safety training courses from Dec. 3-5 in Kenosha, Wis. NGVi has already announced it will hold training its NGV Technician and Fleet Operations Safety Training and CNG Fuel System Inspector Training from Nov. 11-13, 2013 in ...

Automatic slack adjusters: maintenance & inspection

As part of its newly released Bendix Tech Tips series, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC is providing vehicle owners of its clear, step-by-step guidelines for addressing out-of-adjustment wheel-ends equipped with automatic slack adjusters. “During the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)-sponsored Roadcheck inspections in June, approximately 3,700 vehicles in the United ...

Meritor releases braking white paper

When it comes to meeting new federal stopping distance requirements, fleets have some legitimate concerns: Do we have the right brakes matched with the right friction? Does our inventory of brake parts and replacement friction, brake shoes and disc pads fit a vehicle’s exact operating vocation? Do we ...