Topics Service & Repair

New Qwik Tech Tips from Phillips Industries

The June issue of Qwik Tech Tips was released last week by Phillips Industries. Available HERE, the issue focuses on testing electrical systems for voltage drop, and the risks associated with voltage drop in commercial vehicle applications. Past issues of Qwik Tech Tips can be found here.

Salvage parts market booming

In an effort to weather a tight economic climate, owner-operators are looking at every reasonable option to keep their trucks moving and keep cash in ...

TMC SuperTech, fall meeting registration now open

Registration is now open for ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) fall meeting and national technician (SuperTech) skills competition. This fall’s ...

Fifth dimension: Adding fifth wheel service adds new dimension to your service business

While it’s true some heavy-duty components require more attention than others, it’s doubtful any component has more responsibility while receiving less attention than the fifth wheel. As the main coupling device between a tractor and trailer, the fifth wheel is one of the most important operational and safety features ...

New Commercial Fleet Tire Digest released

PSI has released its latest edition of Commercial Fleet Tire Digest. This month’s issue focuses on hot button maintenance issues for fleets, specifically tires. PSI says a good tire program offers fleets benefits to maximizing fuel economy, maximizing tire removal miles and maximizing the number of retreads/casings that ...

New rolling toolbox

Vidmar introduces its new rolling tool chest. Built using heavy-duty casters, the company says its mobile cabinets are easy to move and can be quickly and easily within a repair facility. Vidmar says its mobile cabinets also require lock-in/lock-out latches to secure drawers. As a result, parts stay safe and secure ...

Goodyear service network expanding in North Carolina

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will expand its Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network in the Greensboro, N.C., market. “North Carolina is home to many commercial trucking fleets, and Greensboro is a very important market for Goodyear,” says Phillip Kane, vice president, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. “Our Total ...

Tire handling product from Marangoni

Marangoni Tread North America has added the Easy Gripper to its lineup of tire handling/maintenance products. Marangoni says the Easy Gripper is attached to forklifts to simplify the handling and transfer of over the road tires. The Easy Gripper uses three pointed arms to secure a tire for lifting, ...

TMC releases 2014-2015 RP manual

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) has published its 2014-2015 Recommended Practices Manual, now available for purchase in print or electronic media in either single-user or multi-user versions. The two-volume set features TMC’s Recommended Maintenance Practices Manual and Recommended Engineering Practices Manual, and includes more than 40 ...

REPAIR SHOP OF HORRORS: Forked

Anyone who runs a warehouse knows this guy. You know the one; the "Oh, that will fit. No problem" guy. And then his buddy, "Watch this!" guy. A measuring tape, and a little common sense would have saved this guy and his boss a lot of problems.