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Make Roadside Inspection Violations a Snap

GUELPH, Ont. - Drivers and employers alike were thrilled to discover that the year 2015 saw the lowest out-of-service results ever according to the...
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Preventative Maintenance Improves Fuel Economy and Truck Life

Continued preventative maintenance on diesel trucks, buses and heavy equipment extends the life of the vehicles while improving fuel economy. Diesel engines that undergo careful maintenance...
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Easy Security Measures to Reduce Job Site Theft

Job site theft can put a damper on productivity and slow down even the best workers if they don't have the tools they need....
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Tips for Battery Maintenance

Mangers, truck and heavy equipment mechanics, and equipment enthusiasts understand the key to keeping a battery in good condition is preventative maintenance. For example,...
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Your Shop Makes Money, Right? Here’s How to Produce a Little More

SHOP LABOR typically produces the highest profit margins of any other department in a trailer dealership. So when management can find ways for technicians...
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Timely Tips: NG Oil Selection, Piston Ring Identification, Tire Inflation

Using diesel engine oil in a natural gas engine will cause valve torching, piston scuffing and a reduction of spark plug life. Additionally, oils...
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Top Brake Questions Answered

The No. 1 job of truck brakes is safety; within that application, there’s more than one way to stop a truck. Drums have been...
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MBWA: Management by Wandering Around, Not Walking Away

Some say a quick way to know what is going on is to read a report. Not sure I agree. When the costs hit...
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In-House vs. Outsourced Fleet Maintenance

Increasing adoption of onboard technology has been a boon and a bane for fleets. The boon is greater transparency between the fleet maintenance manager...
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Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends

Truck operators and manufacturers are acutely concerned about corrosion of vehicle parts.“It’s huge,” said Todd Cotier, maintenance manager at Hartt Transportation in Bangor, Maine,...