Topics Service & Repair

Prestone says coolant analysis products now available

Prestone Products Corporation announces its new Heavy Duty Test Kits, Test Strips and Refractometer are now available as the complete ...

Corrosion control: Stopping rust in its tracks

Rust and road salts are agents that could, over time, degrade even the hardiest trucks, and invasive chemical agents eventually can eat away frames and engine components. Less robust vehicle components such as floorboards, fenders and doors can be the first structures to fail due to corrosion. Today, with ...

Qwik Tech Tips focuses on batteries

This month's issue of Phillips Industries' Qwik Tech Tips tackles issues related to battery terminals and lugs. Available HERE, the publication provides advice for building a custom battery cable, complete with definitions and identification for terminals and lugs used throughout the heavy-duty market, as well as other industries.  The article also includes a few key tips, ...

Mitchell 1 offers tips on DEF analysis

In a 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 make ...

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 ...

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 ...