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Understanding the Dashboard in a Heavy-duty Truck

Posted by Rocky Carroll on September 26, 2017 - 8:02 AM

What your dashboard gauges and warning lights are really indicating   

Your next loading dock is 45 minutes away. With a quick glance at the dashboard, you notice the fuel level is low, and the tire inflation light is on. Should you pull over to fuel up and check out the problem or is it safe to continue driving? While some dashboard lights and instruments indicate emergency situations, others notify the driver of issues that could be concerning if they aren’t serviced soon.

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What is VMRS?

Posted by Rocky Carroll on September 14, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Why is VMRS important for fleet maintenance?

While some breakdowns may be unavoidable, you might be surprised at the number of equipment issues that could be prevented with the right information about your fleet. But how do you get that info?

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Preparing for Brake Safety Day

Posted by Tim Moore on August 8, 2017 - 8:01 AM

When was your last brake inspection?

Since 1998, more than 3.4 million truck brakes have been inspected as a result of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program. Each year, this program hosts Brake Safety Days across the United States, Canada and Mexico to ensure commercial vehicle brake systems are in proper working condition. The next event is coming up on September 7.

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Electrical Systems in Heavy-duty Vehicles

Posted by Tim Moore on June 26, 2017 - 9:13 AM

Getting to know the electrical system

Which electrical component is the primary power source for a vehicle when it’s running?

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Understanding Drum Brakes and Disc Brakes

Posted by Tim Moore on June 13, 2017 - 1:14 PM

Heavy duty truck brakes

Did you know it usually takes the length of two football fields for a semi-truck traveling at 65 mph to stop moving when brakes are operating normally? Because big rigs have longer stopping distances, it’s important to understand the different types of brakes, how they function, and how to maintain them so you can drive and stop safely. Commercial vehicles have air brake systems that are equipped with drum or disc brakes (or both) — the information below can help you understand each type.

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How Preventive Maintenance Saves Companies Money

Posted by Paige Stewart on April 4, 2017 - 9:47 AM

Control maintenance costs with routine check-ups

Like with any car or passenger truck, heavy-duty vehicle components simply last longer with routine care. Failing to maintain equipment could result in the immediate need for repairs or replacements — costs many fleets aren’t prepared for on short notice. A preventive maintenance (PM) program can be budgeted throughout the year in small, regular installments, and help you avoid paying for repairs at unscheduled times.

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What is Preventive Maintenance?

Posted by Becca Soard on February 24, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Starting a fleet maintenance program

Every minute a fleet vehicle is inoperable on the side of the road is money off of your bottom line. Fortunately, many roadside failures are preventable if you plan ahead and anticipate problems. Reduce downtime by implementing a preventive maintenance (PM) program that will help you find and resolve issues before your fleet ever hits the road.

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