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Camber and Caster Alignment – Tech Tip Tuesday

Helpful information on Camber and Caster Alignment Information for Technicians

Camber or Caster or a combination of the two seem to be one of the most popular settings for alignment technicians. To be clear, Camber is the inward or outward tilt of the tires relative to vertical and Caster is the forward or rear ward tilt of the king pin relative to the same. Camber is built into the axle and caster is accomplished by elevating the mounts for the front or rear of the leaf springs combined with tapered wedges between the springs and the axle. Since the axle is built with little or no difference in caster from one side to the other (no more than .5 degrees) and is intended to remain that way, use of wedges on one spring stack and not the other, or wedges place in opposition to one another is not a recommended practice. Many alignment techs use Caster and Camber to try and control the tendency of the vehicle to pull in one direction or the other. In fact all manufacturers of axles used in North America that I am aware of: “Expressly prohibits bending of axle beams (hot or cold) to change camber or for any other purpose.” This quote is from the Dana Service Manual and similar statements can be found in all other axle manufacturer’s manuals. This is one of the reasons that I do not spend time on these settings. The other reason is that the steer axle is not the dominate axle under the vehicle.

Consider this: In the US, a standard highway tractor will have one steer axle and two drive axles. The steer axle will carry a normal load of about 12,000 […]

By |November 8th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Camber and Caster Alignment – Tech Tip Tuesday

Bentley Truck Services wins Ichiban Dealer Award from Isuzu Trucks

Ichiban Dealer Award from Isuzu Commercial Trucks

Fred and Donna Bentley receive with great thanks the Isuzu Commercial Trucks Ichiban Dealer Award for 2014-2015, presented by Isuzu District Manager Jim Holmes.

Thank You Isuzu Trucks. We are honored!

By |November 3rd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Isuzu Trucks, Press Releases|Comments Off on Bentley Truck Services wins Ichiban Dealer Award from Isuzu Trucks

Remembering Pre-Trip Items

Things to remember about trying to remember necessary items for pre-trip inspection

If you’re doing it from memory, you might be missing some important steps

We found this great article from truckinginfo.com about pre-trip inspections.

How good are you at doing a pre-trip Inspection on a trailer? It’s supposed to be done just before the vehicle is pulled away from a parking place and heads for the highway. There are post-trip inspections, too, but let’s concentrate on the pre-tripper.

If you do it from memory, you’re probably missing something. See if you’d cover all these points as offered by East Manufacturing:

1. Inspect for any apparent damage. Look for oil, water and fuel and other fluid leaks.

2. Check to see that all lights function, and that all reflectors are in place and not obscured.

3. Is the kingpin engaged and locked within the fifth wheel?

4. Examine the landing gear for proper road clearance, and make sure the crank handle is securely stowed.

5. Check that the rear stairway door, if ther trailer has one, is securely latched before moving.

6. Check that all air springs are inflated, if it has an air suspension.

7. Make sure the spare tire is secure in the carrier, and that the carrier is securely bolted to the chassis.

8. Check tire air pressures. Tires should be inflated to tire manufacturer’s specifications.

9. Check wheel lug nuts for proper torque on disc wheels.

10. On wheels with see-through hubcaps, check the oil level in the wheel hubs. Add oil as needed, or get a shop guy to do it.

11. On wheels with solid hubcaps, pull plug and check oil level in wheel hubs, adding oil as needed (likewise about the shop).

12. Visually check the brake shoe lining and brake drums for wear […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Remembering Pre-Trip Items

2016 Isuzu NPR 14 Ft Van Body Truck – Feature Friday

This Week’s Featured Truck of the Week
2016 Isuzu NPR with a 14′ Morgan van body. Gas, 297 HP, 132 in wheelbase, 16.5 in tires, AM/FM CD Radio, air conditioning, cruise control, power mirrors, power doors and windows, steel bumper, steel wheels. Finance this truck for only $618.83 per mo for 72 mo with just your tax & tags down. Stock number 18517
Dually, Power Steering, A/C: New, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows: Driver Only
To find out more contact us today.

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By |October 28th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Feature Friday, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales|Comments Off on 2016 Isuzu NPR 14 Ft Van Body Truck – Feature Friday

CVSA releases Roadcheck 2016 Violations Results – brakes, hours and logs

Brake adjustment and brake system violations together represent 45.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations this year, reported the CVSA.

In the 62,796 total inspections that were performed during this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will took place from June 7 to 9th, 42,236 were Level I inspections which is the most comprehensive vehicle inspection level. 21 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent of drivers were placed out of service because of critical item violations.

Brake adjustment and brake system violations combined represented 45.7 percent of the out-of -service vehicle violations.

The top driver violations were due to hours of service and false logs, representing 46.8 percent and 16.4 percent, respectively, of all out-of-service driver violations found. That is a total of approximately 908 drivers out o the 1,436 total drivers that were placed out-of-service.

The CVSA’s Roadcheck is a 3-day/72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections. During the annual event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The focus for 2016 International Roadcheck was tire safety. This year, tire/wheel violations accounted for 18.5 percent of the total percentage of out-of-service violations. In the U.S., tire violations represented 13.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations. Checking a vehicle’s tires is always part of roadside inspections; however, this year, CVSA chose to highlight tire safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers of the importance of proper tire use and maintenance. As part of the inspection process, inspectors measured tire tread depth, checked the tire pressure, checked to ensure no solid objects were lodged between […]

By |October 21st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA releases Roadcheck 2016 Violations Results – brakes, hours and logs

FMCSA Issues Final Rule on Windshield-Mounted Technologies – Tech Tip Tuesday

September 22, 2016
Source: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), including placement within the area that is swept by the windshield wipers.

Section 5301 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) directs the Agency to amend the FMCSRs to allow devices to be mounted on the windshield that utilize “vehicle safety technology.”

In addition, section 5301 states that all windshield-mounted devices and technologies with a limited two-year exemption in effect on the date of enactment shall be considered to meet the equivalent-or-greater safety standard required for the initial exemption.

The announcement of this final rule is a nondiscretionary, ministerial action that does not require prior notice and public comment under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Click here to read the Federal Register notice.

Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Contact the location nearest to you for more information.

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By |October 18th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on FMCSA Issues Final Rule on Windshield-Mounted Technologies – Tech Tip Tuesday

Isuzu Announces Details of All New F-Series Truck

2018 Isuzu FTR is Set to Change the Class 6 Market
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 11, 2016

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s bestselling low-cab-forward trucks, today announced key specifications of its all-new entry in the Class 6 medium-duty truck segment, the 2018 Isuzu FTR. The company made announcements to their dealers at a series of Isuzu Whistle Stops around the country the last two weeks.

Among the highlights:

25,950 pounds GVWR
The FTR will be available in eight wheelbase lengths ranging from 152 to 248 inches, accommodating bodies from 14 to 30 feet long
The FTR is a dock height class 6 truck
The turbocharged Isuzu 5.2-liter 4HK1-TC engine propelling the FTR will generate 215 horsepower and 520 lbs.-ft. of torque
The engine will be mated to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission with power take-off (PTO) capability
Dana axles will have capacities of 12,000 pounds up front and 19,000 pounds rear suspension
Bridgestone or Continental 11R22.5 tires will be fitted to 22.5″ × 8.25″ steel wheels

The FTR is slated to go into production at a new facility in Charlotte, Michigan in mid-2017.

When Isuzu announced the truck at NTEA’s 2016 Work Truck Show in March, Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, said, “This truck represents our vision of the future of the medium-duty truck industry. The overall concept of the FTR is to bring to our customers the next generation medium-duty low-cab-forward truck, one that features a clean, durable, highly-efficient four-cylinder engine and is the best Class 6 choice for urban pickup and delivery. The letters ‘FTR’ don’t stand for ‘future,’ however this truck represents the future, and it will be here—soon.”

By |October 14th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Isuzu Trucks, Press Releases, Truck Sales|Comments Off on Isuzu Announces Details of All New F-Series Truck

2016 Isuzu NPR EFI 12 Ft. Mini Mover Truck – Feature Friday

This Week’s Featured Truck of the Week

Featured truck of the week is the 2016 Isuzu NPR EFI! This 2016 Isuzu NPR has 14500 GVWR and comes with a pristine 12 ft. Morgan Mini Mover van body. The body includes rear swing out doors as well as an access ladder to the roof with a step bumper for added ease. Inside the body is shelving of various size and shape to store all of your tools and job essentials. There are also ladder racks featured on top. Stk# 19454
To find out more contact us today.

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By |October 14th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Feature Friday, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales|Comments Off on 2016 Isuzu NPR EFI 12 Ft. Mini Mover Truck – Feature Friday

Maintenance Tips for Fuel Efficiency – Tech Tip Tuesday

Truck fuel efficiency is no simple matter with many factors to consider. Some of them are out of our control – such as weather, traffic or required routes but many factors can be controlled like powertrain specifications, vehicle aerodynamics and driver training. Proper maintenance can also positively impact fuel economy.

Industry research shows that proper maintenance of your truck and engine can contribute significantly to improved fuel economy. Maintenance requirements vary for each vehicle and engine manufacturer; so, it is critical to have the proper maintenance information available.

Below are some factors that affect fuel economy and examples of service information that can help you keep your vehicles operating at peak efficiency.

Climate control: Air conditioning compressor usage accounts for approximately half of total engine cooling fan engagement time. Air conditioning operation increases fuel consumption because engine power is required to operate both the air conditioning compressor and the engine cooling fan.

Tire inflation: Fuel mileage is adversely affected by underinflated tires. In addition to fuel savings, properly inflated tires are safer and result in extended tire life.

Lubricants: Engine, transmission and axle oils with the proper viscosity also contribute to fuel economy. Using oils with too-high viscosity can increase the energy required to pump the oil through the lubricating system and result in internal viscous friction loss.

Wheel alignment: Properly aligned axles reduce fuel consumption and extend tire life by reducing wear.

Charge air cooler: Charge air cooler leaks result in loss of turbocharger boost, reducing engine operating efficiency, which results in increased fuel consumption.

Engine maintenance: Engine valves in proper adjustment and properly operating engine control systems contribute to good fuel economy. This includes performing overhead adjustments at proper intervals, as well as troubleshooting and repairing […]

By |October 11th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Maintenance Tips for Fuel Efficiency – Tech Tip Tuesday

All You Need To Know About USDOT Numbers – Tech Tip Tuesday

Some may find themselves asking the question, “What is a USDOT number and do I need one?”
To answer the first part of the question, we can break down what a USDOT number is and what it is used for. The USDOT number is required for companies who operate commercial vehicles that are either transferring cargo, hazardous materials or a certain amount of passengers. The USDOT number acts as an identifier between vehicles on the road. This number is very useful when monitoring  and checking a company’s safety information, which would include compliance reviews, crash investigations and inspections that have been performed on the vehicle.

Now you may be wondering if your vehicle needs a USDOT number. The requirements for a USDOT number are mandatory if…

Your vehicle is used to transport hazardous materials that require a safety permit in intrastate commerce
Your vehicle has a gross weight rating of 10,001 pounds or over
Your vehicle is used to transport more than 8 passengers for compensation or more than 15 passengers with no compensation

Also, if your vehicle is involved with Interstate commerce, a USDOT is mandatory. This would include:

Vehicles traveling between a location within a state and outside of the state
Vehicles traveling between two locations in a state through another state
Vehicles traveling between two locations in a state as part of a trade, traffic or transportation starting and ending outside the state

Aside from federal regulations, some states do require their intrastate commercial motor vehicles to acquire a USDOT number which does include Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

If you have learned that you do in fact need a USDOT number there are two ways to apply for one: either apply online (www.fmcsa.dot.gov) or fill out a […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on All You Need To Know About USDOT Numbers – Tech Tip Tuesday