• Everyone knows that one-size-fits-all isn’t the best approach to preventive maintenance, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. When it comes to engine oil drains, some fleet managers and owner-operators play it safe and follow the lowest OEM recommendations. Others try to save a few cents by extending intervals just beyond OEM change guidelines.

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    Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016
  • Attitudes about automated manual transmissions (AMTs) have changed over the years – so much so that more than 80 percent of all new Volvo trucks sold last year in North America were spec’d with a Volvo I-Shift AMT.

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    Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
  • Vehicles built in the last 20 years are required to have self-adjusting brake adjusters (S-ABAs). But even though they’ve been around awhile, some people don’t seem to know how S-ABAs work. Here’s proof: according to one survey conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, 53 percent of drivers said that automatic slack adjusters never go out of adjustment. That’s not true, and it’s a potentially dangerous misconception.

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    Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
  • If you’re like many other fleet managers or owner-operators, you may find yourself at a crossroads approximately every seven to 10 years or 800,000 to 1 million miles, when your truck’s engine performance isn’t what it used to be. Should you buy a new truck, or overhaul your engine?

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    Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016
  • Fuel filters have a dirty job to do, even with today’s extremely clean fuel. That’s because, after leaving the refinery, fuel travels through pipelines, delivery trucks, storage tanks and dispensing pumps, picking up contaminants along the way.

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    Posted: Friday, July 8, 2016
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