Preventative Care

Good maintenance practices for steel and aluminum wheels – Tech Tip Tuesday

December 27, 2016
Source: CCJ – Commercial Carrier Journal

Aluminum and steel wheels are practically bullet proof and a daily glimpse for cracks and rust is probably sufficient as long as you take the steps necessary to maintain them.

“If you have good maintenance practices the wheel should last the life of the vehicle, if not longer,” says Brandon Uzarek, product design engineer at Accuride.

If you’re running steel or aluminum wheels, Uzarek says it’s critical to be sure all mounts and surfaces are clean and flat.

Dave Walters, Alcoa field service manager, agrees, adding the most important part of wheel maintenance is making sure the studs, drum and mounting faces are all clean before installation ever takes place.

“Sometimes, excess or foreign material can work its way into the joints and you’ll lose clamping force,” Uzarek says.

Uzarek recommends cleaning the studs when the wheels are mounted and on hub pilot wheels, studs need to be oiled while also oiling the gap between the flange.

To account for any shifting that takes places when the truck finally hits the road, Uzarek advises wheels be re-torqued between five and 100 miles after the initial mount and again every 10,000 miles.

“A lot of fleets do not do re-torques because it’s an inconvenience,” he says.

Walters says fleets can mitigate much of that inconvenience and still reap the benefits of proper torque by taking a 5 to 10 mile test drive after the wheel is initially mounted to settle the joint, then checking the torque.

“If you cleaned them and did everything properly, you shouldn’t have to re-torque them again unless the wheel is removed,” he says, adding this method was included in the Technology Maintenance Council (TMC) Recommended Practice (RP) 237.

Re-torquing practices can vary and Chris Putz, […]

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Tips for Air System Maintenance During Winter – Tech Tip Tuesday

December 13, 2016
Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Across North America, it’s getting to be that time of year when temperatures regularly begin to dip below freezing—and when commercial vehicle pneumatic systems need a little extra attention. With more vehicle systems incorporating the use of compressed air for non-braking functions—including automated manual transmissions (AMTs), emissions controls and advanced safety technologies—Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC offers the following three keys to air system maintenance during the winter months:
1. Worry about the water
“It’s really not the cold itself that brings the most potential for air system trouble—it’s the moisture that’s brought in with it when the compressor draws in air,” said Richard Nagel, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, charging group. “If enough moisture makes its way through the air dryer, it creates the potential for condensation within the air tanks—and from there, it can travel downstream, affecting the braking system and other connected technologies.”

If that happens, low temperatures can definitely have a negative impact, freezing the condensed water and increasing the likelihood of component malfunctions in the valves, controls, and solenoids utilized in advanced safety technologies, emissions controls, and automated manual transmissions.

Manually draining the air tanks is a simple and fail-safe step that can help keep the air system moisture-free in winter. Bendix recommends draining the tanks at least every three months for a typical line haul truck, and as frequently as once a month for vehicles with high air demand.
2. Maintain and properly equip your dryer
To prevent moisture freezing in the system, a properly functioning air dryer becomes even more important in cold weather. Unfortunately, winter brings with it several factors that can have a negative impact on a dryer’s capacity for effectively removing moisture from […]

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3 Ways to Achieve Best-Uptime – Tech Tip Tuesday

December 6, 2016
Source: Ryder

Keeping your fleet on the road is likely one of the biggest concerns in running your business. It’s the only way your customers can get what they need on-time, every time. However, keeping up with maintenance demands is difficult. Breakdowns happen, vehicle technology is more complex, talented technicians are in high demand, and maintenance costs are rising.

Do Preventive Maintenance – Staying ahead of potential problems is the most effective way to keep your fleet on the road. This means making sure you perform regular preventive maintenance at intervals that make sense for your vehicles. Proper preventative maintenance includes changing fluids and filters as prescribed by the engine manufacturer, lubricating the chassis, and the comprehensive inspections of tires, brakes, engines, exhausts and drive trains, as well as electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Cab and body interiors/exteriors should also be inspected, along with refrigeration and cargo-handling equipment (lift and rail gate, e- and f-track). Technicians should also troubleshoot any issues to prevent breakdowns. Driver comfort and convenience features should also be inspected to ensure proper operation.

As you perform preventive maintenance on your vehicles, make sure they are ready for annual U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections as well to avoid any potential violations or downtime.

Schedule all of your preventive maintenance to work with your vehicle’s delivery schedule, so that you will be able to arrange for another to take its place or receive service when the vehicle is domiciled. Make sure you keep a record of all maintenance performed.

If you keep current with your preventive maintenance schedule, you’ll also find you are putting your drivers’ hours of service to best use.

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Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Daily

Check tires, lights and turn signal/hazard flashers for your tractor and trailer at the start of every trip.

Routine Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance inspections may be based on time or mileage. Check the vehicle’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. Pay special attention to items such as:

Brakes
Steering
Tires
Mirrors and any features allowing the driver to see clearly (such as CCTV cameras)
Windshield washers and wipers
Steps, walkboards or ladders
Pneumatic or hydraulic hoses, outriggers,liftgates, hoists or other material handling features
Headboard racks and load attachment points (hooks and winches)

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Better MPG Through Maintenance – Tech Tip Tuesday

Better MPG Through Maintenance
Preventive maintenance can help improve fuel economy. Here are 8 steps to improve your MPG:

Use data to identify possible problems.“If we suspect a truck is having mpg problems, we will schedule it in for what we call a fuel economy check,” says Bill Bliem, senior VP, fleet services, for New Jersey-based NFI. “This includes valve and overhead adjustment, air filter minder check, alignment, fuel flow, etc.”
Take care of your tires.Maintaining correct air pressure in tires equates to fuel savings. For every 10 psi of under-inflation, a 10% reduction in fuel economy can result, according to NACFE. Improper wheel alignment can rob fuel efficiency by creating rolling resistance and also cause premature tire wear.“The biggest thing we do maintenance wise and our biggest fuel economy pick up is tire pressure and alignment,” Bliem says.
Change your oil.Too little or too much engine oil can create more friction and rob power. Clean oil lubricates better than dirty oil, so pay attention to oil change intervals. Explore the use of lower-viscosity oils to improve fuel economy. Gerry Mead, senior VP of maintenance for Chattanooga-based U.S. Xpress, recommends oil intervals based on your fleet’s operations. “OEMs set a limit, but is that limit good for your operation and type of oil?” he notes. “Oils break down and that takes away from its properties to cut down on wear. As oils break down they are less fuel-efficient. We have a zero overdue mentality.”
Let the engine breathe. A restricted air intake system (air filter, air cooler, and tubing) or exhaust system will decrease engine power output. Check components at regular PMs and fix any leaks. These leaks can be particularly hard to find, as leaking air is not as […]

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Maintaining Shock Absorbers and Air Springs

Suspension performance suffers if they’re not in working order.
Air suspensions cushion the ride for drivers, vehicles and loads. Among their components are the springs themselves and shock absorbers, which help control the movement of the bags and the rest of the suspension. These parts are subject to wear and aging, and must be regularly inspected and repaired or replaced when necessary.

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recently revised its Recommended Practice 643A, Air Ride Suspension Maintenance Guidelines.

“Generally speaking, air springs are very durable components,” says John Healy with Stemco, which offers Goodyear brand air springs.

Because they’re made of rubber, air bags usually “age out” before they wear out, notes Dave Vanette, new business development manager at Firestone Industrial Products. “This aging out process has a lot to do with the heat history of the part and exposure to ozone,” he explains. If an air spring is run predominately where the average temperature is high, it accelerates this process.

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Hino Expands Preventive Care Program

NOVI, MI – Hino Trucks preventive service care program, HinoCare, is now available on its conventional model lineup. Hino Trucks is committed to providing the lowest total cost of ownership in the medium-duty truck industry. HinoCare has demonstrated this commitment as it has brought value in peace of mind to hundreds of cab-over diesel owners since the program began in 2013. This preventative maintenance program is now available for Hino Trucks models 238, 258, 268 and 338.

While Hino has gained a reputation for exceptional quality, durability and reliability, investing in HinoCare planned maintenance for Hino’s conventional model lineup will help customers stay on schedule and on budget. The conventional program of HinoCare features two sellable programs – an 8-service and 12-service version on 2015MY and newer models. Already backed by an industry leading 5-year, 250,000 mile engine warranty and 3 years of roadside assistance coverage through HinoWatch, Hino’s new preventive service care program brings greater value and confidence while ensuring low cost of ownership.

HinoCare, which can only be performed by one of Hino’s 220+ certified servicing dealers, isdesigned to preserve reliability, enable higher performance and ultimately enhance the lifespan of your Hino truck.

Contact us today for additional details or to take advantage of this program.

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services the most environmentally friendly lineup of Class 4-7 commercial trucks in the United States. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino boasts a network of over 200 dealers nationwide committed to achieving excellence in customer service and support. Hino Trucks is the premier medium duty nameplate in the United States with a product lineup that offers the low total cost of ownership, superior fuel economy, unmatched reliability and maneuverability, and the most comprehensive bundle of standard features in the market.

 

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