6 REASONS TO SWITCH TO A TIMBREN SPRING SUSPENSION

JUST IN TIME FOR WINTER When October rolls around and fall weather approaches—particularly in the northern US—the days grow shorter as the sun dips lower into the autumn sky. Birds organize as they anticipate their […] More

3 EASY WAYS TO MAXIMIZE UPTIME AND INCREASE ROI

PREVENTIVE DPF MAINTENANCE As autumn leaves fall and the temperature drops, most of us get our fall and winter wardrobes out of the back of the closet. Those in the maintenance business start thinking much […] More

GOING GREEN: GO GREENER.

WHAT ARE YOU COATING YOUR TRUCK WITH? Chances are environmental concerns are a factor in the decisions made about your trucks and your business. Now consider going even greener.  Going green is a cultural phenomenon […] More

EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR INVESTMENT

MARVEL-LINE YOUR WORK TRUCKS Time after time you test a work truck’s limits, and as long as it gets from point A to point B, everything is fine. You make sure scheduled service maintenance is […] More

MAINTAINING YOUR TRAILER

DON’T LET TRAILER MAINTENANCE TAKE A BACK SEAT Trailers tend to receive the short end of the stick when it comes to truck maintenance, but ensuring all vehicle components work properly is essential to the […] More

TEST TO GET THE BEST

TIRE EVALUATIONS: PART 2 of 2 In last month’s issue, we learned you don’t always get what you pay for, especially with tires. You could be getting more than you’re paying for and could significantly […] More

HOT TAKE: BATTERY MAINTENANCE

HOW THE SIZZLING SUMMER HEAT CAN AFFECT TRUCK BATTERY PERFORMANCE The dog days of summer are in full swing. It’s a common misconception that battery problems happen primarily in winter, but the sizzling summer heat […] More

TEST TO GET THE BEST

TIRE EVALUATIONS: Part 1 of 2 We’ve all heard the adage: “You get what you pay for.”  In many cases that’s true. Yet, when it comes to the tires in your fleet, it may not […] More

ORGANIZE YOUR OIL

WHAT SHOPS NEED TO KNOW TO PROPERLY STORE AND HANDLE MULTIPLE ENGINE OILS With the creation of two diesel engine oil categories a few years ago and a growing number of engine oil viscosities for […] More

EASY PEASY

4 POINTERS TO MAINTAIN PROPANE AUTOGAS VEHICLES Automotive technicians don’t need to worry when they hear “propane.” Aside from a few differences, propane autogas vehicles are much like conventionally fueled models when it comes to […] More

DOLLARS AND SENSE

TIRE AND WHEEL BALANCING ADDS LONGEVITY, IMPROVES FUEL ECONOMY Fleets leave millions of dollars on the table every year by not balancing their tires and wheels. Poor tire and wheel balance results in uneven tire wear […] More

PREPARE FOR THE ROAD AHEAD

MAINTAINING STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS Steering and suspension are two of the most important systems on any commercial vehicle. Power steering systems help increase steering stability and handling, while suspension systems help maintain proper contact […] More

DON'T NEGLECT. PROTECT.

10 FLEET MAINTENANCE MISTAKES TO AVOID Typically, fleet vehicles are the most expensive asset an organization owns. Because of this, the goal for many organizations is to extend each vehicle’s life for as long as […] More

PROBLEM-FREE FUEL

5 TIPS FROM A BIODIESEL SPECIALIST With frigid temperatures approaching, now is the time to check your fuel system to prevent common issues and keep equipment running smoothly through cold winter months. Five simple steps […] More

PROACTIVE TIRE MAINTENANCE:

AN IMPORTANT PART OF MAXIMIZING UPTIME When it comes to maximizing uptime, there’s one key area that fleets often overlook: proactive tire maintenance. Fleets that implement a comprehensive tire maintenance program can maximize their tire […] More

MAKING TOUGH TRUCKS TOUGHER

PROTECTIVE COATINGS CAN EXTEND A TRUCK’S LIFE Work trucks routinely take on tough jobs day in and day out. That’s what they’re supposed to do and why they’re built. But the jobs those trucks perform […] More

START YOUR PREPPING

IT’S TIME TO PREPARE YOUR FLEET FOR WINTER. In the last few years, winter weather has hit harder than ever before, meaning that it’s not too soon to start preparing for inclement weather. The first […] More

EXPEDITE SERVICE CALLS

Service after the sale is a top priority for most contractors when investing in a piece of construction equipment and can be what separates a quality equipment dealer from its competition. How quickly a service […] More

EXPEDITE SERVICE CALLS

Service after the sale is a top priority for most contractors when investing in a piece of construction equipment and can be what separates a quality equipment dealer from its competition. How quickly a service […] More

KEEPING IT AT BAY, SLOWING GALVANIC CORROSION

Trucks on the road—from light pickups to Class 8 monsters—require maintenance, including everything from oil changes to replacing worn parts. Smart truck owners also make corrosion prevention a high priority in their routine. It’s a […] More

LET THEM LAST

A company in operation for almost two decades knows the way to keep things running smoothly and efficiently is through proper care and attention to necessary elements of business. Those necessary elements look different for every […] More

HOW TO IMPLEMENT A MAINTENANCE STRATEGY: PART 2 OF 2

The best way to ensure your service truck fleet remains in top shape is to invest in a proactive service truck fleet maintenance plan. Though without a good implementation strategy in place, trying to get […] More

SMART CHEMICAL TOOLS IN THE TOOL BOX

Many common technical problems are quickly and simply solved with the help of additives. These smart chemical tools should always be found in a fleet operator’s tool box because they help save money day by […] More

HOW TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD

At Muncie Power Products, troubleshooting plays a pivotal role in setting the company apart from its competitors. And, it’s a service applicable to all of the company’s product lines and available to all Muncie Power […] More

ADOPTING NEW OILS

The advanced technology in modern trucks rolling off the assembly line represents a new horizon for the work truck industry. This generation of heavy-duty engines is designed to produce fewer emissions and achieve increased fuel […] More

SHOULD YOU ADOPT A FLEET MAINTENANCE PLAN? Part 1 of 2

The service work truck fleet is in some ways the heart and soul of many businesses. Ensuring your service truck fleet is in top condition goes a long way toward a smoothly run business. This […] More

A BREAKTHROUGH OIL CHANGE SOLUTION IN 3 EASY STEPS

A trip to the doctor’s office for a regularly scheduled health exam is a proactive way to know and correct any minor medical issues before they become big problems. The same holds true for preventive maintenance […] More

GREAT TIPPING SYSTEMS START WITH A GREAT PRODUCT

How often should the seals in your telescopic cylinder be replaced? How often should you change the hydraulic oil in your wet-line kit? How often should you apply grease? These are questions we hear often […] More

WHERE THERE'S A WINCH, THERE'S A WAY

Dr. Seuss famously tells us, “Kid, you can move mountains!” So we think we can! Though even someone as large as Paul Bunyan might need a little help, and that help can come in the […] More

MAINTAIN THE SMART WAY

No matter your industry, you rely on your work trucks to get the job done. With a busy schedule and a tight budget, it’s easy to overlook the crucial maintenance and technological advantages that keep […] More

NEVER LOSE SIGHT

Managing a work truck fleet can be a daunting task. Simply knowing a truck’s location and its operator can be difficult. One way to better manage a fleet of work trucks is to install GPS […] More

ARMOR YOUR TRUCKS

Palfleet Truck Equipment uses LINE-X coatings on several aspects of its fleet bodies. line-x is featured as the yellow coating on the top of the bumper and inside tool box compartments. With more than 30 […] More

TROUBLESHOOTING IN THE FIELD

One of the best parts of my job is getting out into the field. I am always amazed at the ingenuity and unique ways people solve their work truck application issues. Work trucks are designed […] More

OPTIMIZE GARAGE EFFICIENCY

As a fleet manager, you acknowledge you’ll never have 100 percent of your fleet on the road given PMs and normal repairs. Although 100 percent of your fleet’s usage is impossible, it is possible to […] More

THE RIGHT TIME TO CHANGE

Historically, Total Base Number (TBN) has been a key indicator of remaining useful oil life in heavy-duty engine oils. While acid neutralization is still an important function of engine oil, changes in engine design and […] More

PUTTING IT TO THE TEST

Some products work wonders. You buy a product thinking, “Eh, I’ll just try it,” and the next thing you know, you swear by it! Some products aren’t worth anything. You buy a product hoping it’ll […] More

MAXIMIZING UPTIME

GCR Tires and Service (GCR) has stood for quality and service in the commercial tire business since 1945. Putting safety at the core of everything it touches, GCR’s focus is on timely solutions and long-lasting […] More

DIY PAINT REPAIR

A fleet vehicle’s appearance is a reflection of the business it promotes. The state of the vehicle also says a lot about the business, and that’s why it is so important to keep trucks and vans […] More

PACK 'EM AND STACK 'EM

Here are some interesting facts about a product that is a great solution for one industry but has become a challenge for another; namely the work truck industry. Over 12 million of them arrive on […] More

BEYOND THE DIPSTICK

The rule of changing a vehicle’s oil every three months or 3,000 miles has been blown out of the water by advances in oil and oil filter technology. That’s good news for a fleet owner’s […] More

BALANCING ACT

Professional drivers typically recognize the telltale signs of out-of-balance truck tires. A vibrating steering wheel and/or seat, uneven tread wear, and decreased fuel economy can all point to the need to bring wheels back in […] More

MINUTE RATINGS MATTER

Customers often ask, “What type of battery works best with the Maxwell Engine Start Module (ESM)?” Since the Maxwell ESM handles the engine cranking, the number and type of batteries you need can be determined […] More

FIVE TIPS FOR AVOIDING SERIOUS ISSUES WHEN SERVICING CUMMINS® ISX15 ENGINES

There have been a number of important updates and changes that could significantly impact parts selection and service procedures when servicing Cummins® ISX15 engines. This engine series has become a very popular power source for […] More

YOU'VE EXTENDED YOUR DRAIN INTERVALS. NOW WHAT?

In a recent conversation about extending time between oil changes, a representative from a large truck manufacturer mentioned that one of their biggest concerns was that extended service intervals for engine oil could negatively affect […] More

FINISHED PRODUCTS ARE MORE DURABLE THAN EVER

When engineers are designing the latest and greatest vehicles, trucks, and other types of industrial equipment—or when fleet managers are charged with maintaining them—there’s a constant need to explore innovation in materials for both finished […] More

PUT THE PEOPLE INTO PM

Did you ever think about what kind of people you want doing preventive maintenance (PM) on your equipment? Most maintenance managers don’t give PM a second thought—except to find the time to complete the work. […] More

TECH TIP

Oil change is probably the most important component in a fleet owner’s list of preventive maintenance items. And, depending on its frequency, it is likely to be among the most expensive. Advancements in oil and […] More

MONITOR YOUR BRAKES

The recent trend in the industry is to specify and build newer commercial vehicles with air disc brakes. Commercial air disc brakes are quite different from the more well-known s-cam (or drum brakes) that have […] More

BE PREPARED FOR ANY SEASON

Fleets have a different set of challenges to navigate as temperatures fluctuate and road conditions become a factor throughout the different seasons. Maintaining critical vehicle systems before seasonality sets in can help maximize vehicle investment […] More

MONITOR YOUR BRAKES

Most of today’s large, over-the-road vocational vehicles utilize air brake systems to provide vehicle braking, as opposed to passenger cars, which utilize hydraulic braking. Air brake systems have proven to be quite reliable and capable […] More

UNFILTERED INFO

The quick-lube industry has made it easier than ever for people to regularly maintain their personal vehicles. Simply pull in to the service bay, let the crew do the work based on the manufacturer’s basic […] More

PROFIT ANOTHER DAY

Trends over the past few decades reveal the steady increase in demand for aluminum wheels vs steel, with penetration increasing in all categories and fleets of all sizes recognizing the advantages.  Government regulations are adding […] More

FLUID MAINTENANCE

Everyone wants to get the most out of their work trucks. In maintenance functions and service applications, efficiency and cost are always battling against the day-to-day needs and malfunctions that plague your equipment. Whether you […] More

PREPARING FOR WINTER

Fleets and drivers should always have a good written maintenance policy in place. This policy should be specific to their vehicles, equipment, geography, distance they travel, loads they carry, time on the road, and other […] More

PREPARING FOR THE COLD

The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions systems might seem like a simple thing to manage, much like putting fuel in your vehicle. However, there are some important considerations to […] More

FROM DELIVERY TRUCKS TO FORKLIFTS

Work applications like delivery trucks and warehouse forklifts serve different purposes, but they both have one critical function in common: Reliability to their operators. If a truck doesn’t start or a forklift loses battery power […] More

FLUID EXCHANGE

A variety of units and refrigerants makes servicing heavy-duty air conditioning systems complicated and challenging. To help troubleshoot the manual recognition of each unique operating system, shops rely on A/C machines to get a unit […] More

REPLACING VEHICLE BRAKE TECHNOLOGY

When choosing brake technology, there are a few key factors to consider before making a decision: Find the right balance between top-quality pedal feel and affordable price, determine whether vehicle-use patterns demand any special brake […] More

THE RIGHT LIFT

The type of lift chosen for a shop can dramatically impact the facility’s productivity level. For example, of the different types of mobile lifts, the faster raising and lowering hydraulic lifts—as opposed to the slower […] More

AUTOMATING FLEET INSPECTION

If you’re a fleet owner, you know that time is money. Having vehicles out of service for repairs is a costly expense and fleet owners want to maximize the life of their assets. Most often, […] More

KEEPING YOUR FILTER IN ORDER

In order to meet federal diesel emissions standards established in 2007, all diesel trucks are required to be equipped with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), which cuts down on emissions of particulate matter that come […] More

GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR TIRES

Understanding and choosing tires with outstanding technology and fitting them to the fleet’s needs won’t amount to much if the tires aren’t also properly maintained. Every fleet should have a formal tire maintenance program and […] More

SCUFFED AND SHREDDED

If there is something I can easily admit to, it’s the fact that I don’t wash my car enough. Not only that, I never tend to tire and wheel cleanliness. And yet, I know I […] More

QUALITY MAINTENANCE

It’s always difficult to give up something that’s worked so well for you, but it becomes crucial as a fleet manager to know when to make the call of retiring versus retooling your vehicles. While […] More

AUTOMATED, CONNECTED, ELECTRIFIED

Driving a commercial vehicle doesn’t have to mean fatigue, discomfort, or general unpleasantness. It also doesn’t have to mean low efficiency and high CO2 output. More truck manufacturers are adding passenger vehicle-like touches to cabs […] More

PTO GEAR NOISE

Just the other day, in the shop, we were running a new truck and setting it up. The mechanics were asking why the transmission and gears make so much noise. Matter of fact, the whole […] More

IMPLEMENTING PC-11

In an article from last December, Shell Rotella provided information about how engine evolution lead to the engineering of a new oil category: PC-11. Now, with the deadline looming, Chevron senior staff engineer and head […] More

MEETING THE UPTIME CHALLENGE

When the pressure is on to lower vehicle and equipment maintenance costs while you’re also being asked to accomplish that by doing more with less, maintenance excellence is now more important than ever. That scenario […] More

BASIC MAINTENANCE

Equipment maintenance helps keep your truck’s mobile power equipment up and running. It can help owners, end-users, and operators with building our world and making a living. Both proper maintenance and scheduled maintenance are needed […] More

360-DEGREE VIEW

The service supply chain you rely on to efficiently manage maintenance and repairs at internal shops and with dealer and third-party service providers can be complex. Access to real-time information during service events improves decision […] More

UPTIME IN NO TIME

Utility fleet managers know that vehicle downtime is costly. The quicker a truck can be processed at the maintenance facility, the quicker it can be returned to service, resulting in more efficient operations. Fleet operators […] More

PERFECT STORM

The indicators all lead to the same conclusions: By employing tire inflation optimization practices, tread, casing life, and fuel economy are improved; a leading cause of inspection citations and a factor in commercial vehicle crashes […] More

ANYWHERE-ANYTIME

Are paper-based inspections, multiple disconnected applications, and poor provider communications making it difficult to get reliable, quality, and timely data that’s necessary for good decision-making? According to Michael Riemer, VP products and channel marketing, Decisiv, […] More

FLEET HEALTH

I’m sure your drivers are pretty well trained as drivers. They spend most of their work life in or around one of your company’s greatest assets: your trucks. Most training dollars are spent on making […] More

PC-11

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and major engine manufacturers have agreed on goals to improve fuel economy and emissions in future medium- and […] More

INVENTORY CONTROL

Back in 1946, Nickolas Savko and his wife Gilda started their business in Columbus, Ohio, with a single pickup truck and a few employees. Nearly 70 years later, Savko is now one of the largest […] More

THE RIGHT BALANCE

Every year, the price of tires increases operating costs. For example, in 2013, the average cost of a new replacement tire increased significantly—10 percent compared to 2012 and 22 percent from 2011, according to an […] More