Tech Tips

Hino Manual Regeneration for Conventional Trucks

What is a Regen

In a commercial truck with the exhaust filter can become clogged over time. This extra soot that has built up will need to be burned (cleaned) out. In most cases if the vehicle is used for a lot of highway driving, this process will happen automatically while driving.

The buildup occurs when a truck idles a lot or is used for a lot of city driving. In this case, a warning light on the dash will light up informing the driver that it is time to perform a parked (manual) regen. Basically, you park your truck, push the manual regen button and the engine will rev up and heat up burning out the excess soot.

Hino Conventional Truck Manual (Parked) Regen

To start a manual regen on a Hino conventional truck, park your vehicle in a safe place. Put the vehicle in park and engage the parking brake. Next, press the DPR manual regeneration switch that is blinking on the dash.

The switch light will then remain illuminated during the regeneration and the engine idle speed will increase. The regen process will be complete in approximately 15 – 20 minutes and the regen indicator lights will turn off. the engine idle speed will return to normal complete.

Watch the complete video to find out more and also what can interrupt a manual regeneration.

If you need other information or have any other service questions about your Hino, Contact the Bentley Truck Services location nearest you.Contact the Bentley Truck Services location

By |December 28th, 2018|Hino Trucks, Preventative Care, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service, Videos|Comments Off on Hino Manual Regeneration for Conventional Trucks

Thermo King SB Series Reefer Unit Driver Operation

How to operate an SB Series Thermo King Refrigeration Unit
Driver Operation – SB Series with uP-VI Controller

Chances are if you run a business that uses a refrigerated truck or if you use a truck that pulls a reefer trailer, you have come across the need to adjust the controls, find the maintenance menu and/or reset alarm codes.

There’s also a good chance your truck or trailer is equipped with a Thermo King brand unit. Thermo King is one of the most recognized and trusted names in the refrigeration unit business.

 

That’s why we have decided to add a few videos and other useful information to our site pertaining to Thermo King operation, maintenance and codes. Check back often for newly released videos, codes and more.

Here’s a great instructional video that we found on the Thermo King YouTube channel on how to operate the SB Series unit.

At Bentley Truck Services, “We are Committed to Excellence”. We have a wide selection of refrigerated rental trucks and lease trucks equipped with Thermo King units. If you need help with alarm codes, operation or maintenance, please contact your nearest Bentley Truck Services Service Department and we can answer any questions you have. lease trucksrefrigerated rental truckscontact your nearest Bentley Truck Services Service Department

By |December 27th, 2018|Commercial Trucking Industry, Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Trailers, Truck Leasing, Truck Rental, Truck Service, Videos|Comments Off on Thermo King SB Series Reefer Unit Driver Operation

Inspect your truck between scheduled service appointments

Everyone knows how important a company truck can be to a business. Keeping your truck on the road and minimizing downtime is critical, but taking it in to the shop for service isn’t always an option. Here’s a few things you can do on your own to make sure your commercial truck is running at peak performance between scheduled service appointments. Always make sure to wear protective clothing and eye wear and keep safety a priority.

Check your air filter: Pull out the air filter and inspect it. If you hold it up to the sun and can’t see light clearly through it, it definite;y needs to be changed. If you notice a good amount of dirt it is time to change your air filter.
Check brake fluid levels: Remove the brake fluid reservoir cap and inspect the level and the quality of your brake fluid. If it needs to be topped off, be sure to do so, Try not to over fill past the “FILL” line. Remember to replace the cap. Be sure to use the correct fluids when topping them off. (DOT 3, DOT 4, etc)
Check your battery terminals:  When inspecting your battery terminals, look for any chalky white dust or corrosion. If you choose to clean it yourself, be sure to wear gloves, protective clothing and  protective eye wear. A wire brush is often enough to do the trick. In addition, it’s a good idea to let your service technician know about it.
Check power steering fluid level: Find the power steering fluid reservoir on your truck and look for the accurate “FILL” level mark. If it’s low, add until you reach the “FILL” line and replace the cap.
Windshield washer fluid: Keep your windshield […]

By |July 31st, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Inspect your truck between scheduled service appointments

Maintenance Tips for your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck – Tech Tip Tuesday

While your commercial truck is under warranty or a special maintenance program there isn’t really to much to worry about. It’s pretty straightforward. Like a car, you schedule your next service appointment and bring your truck in. Your local dealer pretty much takes care of the rest, but what about after the maintenance plan expires.
Now you’re on your own. Business is booming and bringing the truck in for maintenance becomes cumbersome. There are deadlines to meet and deliveries to make. There are a few things you, as a truck owner can do to help keep your truck healthy and on the road running efficiently.

• First, check all of the warning and information labels that are placed on the dashboard, in the door jam and in a few other locations on your truck. These are placed on your vehicle by the manufacturer and are helpful in knowing what needs to be done.
• Second, check fluid levels. There are reservoirs with fill levels that are easily accessible and a quick check can help to make sure you don’t find yourself on the road and running out of some important fluid that helps your truck run optimally. Most important are Fuel, Oil, Water and DEF fluid.
• Third, top off any fluids that need to be filled and/or replace any dirty, contaminated fluids. Remember, the fill levels are on the reservoir. Pay attention to these and only use the recommended products/brands (these can be found on the labels mentioned earlier.

We came across an excellent video that covers all of this and more. This will help keep your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck running at peak performance and will help you reduce downtime.

For more in depth questions, feel free to […]

By |June 26th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service, Videos|Comments Off on Maintenance Tips for your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck – Tech Tip Tuesday

Tips for Passing Your Next Roadside Inspection – Tech Tip Tuesday

According to recent FMCSA data, 20 out of every 100 vehicles (1 in 5) that get inspected receive an Out-of-Service (OOS) violation.
The difficulty of clearing road inspections is real. With more than 70,000 drivers and 200,000 vehicles receiving violation notices every year, it makes sense to give your drivers every chance to prepare for and pass roadside inspections.
To improve the success rate with roadside inspections you need to trace it back to where many of the problems originate from – issues with driver inspections, both pre and post-trip. Get that right and expect better results at your next roadside inspection.
Federal laws (DOT 392.7) require that no commercial motor vehicle (CMV) shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied. This implies that drivers should do a detailed visual inspection – service brakes, trailer brake connections, parking brakes, steering mechanisms, lighting devices, reflectors, horns, tires and windshield wipers – to make sure the vehicle is road-worthy and without observable defects.
The following helpful tips are bought to you by Telogis:
Tip # 1 – Educate your team
Tip # 2 – Review your fleet’s current state of play
Tip # 3 – Standardize your inspection process
Tip # 4 – Behavior-based management technology
To find out more information, view or download full pdf.

Contact a Bentley Truck Services location nearest you for all of your commercial truck service needs.
We are here to help you with parts and service for all your pre-inspection needs. We offer planned routine maintenance programs to help keep your fleet on the road!
Visit our Tech Tips for more useful information.

By |September 26th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Tips for Passing Your Next Roadside Inspection – Tech Tip Tuesday

Truck Tire Safety Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Commercial Tire Safety Tips —————————————————————————

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has advised that exceeding tire speed ratings, increased front axle loads, and increased uptime/equipment utilization have led to increased tire failures on commercial trucks.

Here are some tire safety tips from The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to keep your truck on the road and safe:

Tire Inspection

Examine your tires EVERY DAY for:

Irregular tread wear
Cracking
Bulges
Inadequate tread depth
Cuts
Foreign objects
Other Damage

Inflation Pressure

Improper inflation pressure affects tire wear and fuel efficiency.

GAUGE your tires COLD before each trip
Adjust as necessary

Rims

Mismatched tire and rim components may explode and cause serious injury or death.

ONLY use approved tire/rim combinations of the appropriate width and diameter.

Extreme Loading

Overloading or under inflation causes excessive heat build-up and internal structural damage that can lead to a tire failure.

Speed

DO NOT exceed your tires’ speed rating – Doing so will damage your tires and lead to premature failure.

Contact the nearest service department location nearest to you for ALL of your commercial truck service needs.

Visit our Tech Tips section for more helpful tips.

By |July 11th, 2017|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Truck Tire Safety Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

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.

Use Top Quality Technicians – Be confident in the technicians who perform your maintenance. They should […]

By |December 6th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on 3 Ways to Achieve Best-Uptime – Tech Tip Tuesday

How to winterize your truck – tips for trucking fleets – Tech Tip Tuesday

November 24, 2016
Source: FleetOwner.com

Snow, ice and freezing temperatures not only make the roads hazardous for hauling freight during the winter months but can damage equipment and retard fuel economy, too. Here are some tips on how to minimize such winter weather risks. 

Everyone knows operating tractor-trailers during the winter comes with some big risks. But did you know that, on average 467 fatalities are associated with icy driving conditions annually, or that 23% of all vehicle crashes every year – some 1.3 million – are caused in part by inclement weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, and wind? (Those weather-related findings are courtesy Federal Highway Administration research, by the way).

On top of that, cold weather can cause diesel fuel to thicken into “gel” or get waterlogged, potentially damaging a truck’s fuel system and engine. Colder temperatures also affect fuel economy, too, by increasing tire rolling resistance and reducing aerodynamic efficiency, to name just two impacts.

“As winter approaches, we want to equip fleets and their drivers with the best information available for increasing safety on America’s congested and frequently traveled roads,” noted Dean Croke, VP of analytics at Omnitracs, LLC. “With fewer daylight hours and compromised road conditions, seasonal weather creates many challenges for truck drivers.”

Croke breaks down his winter operation advice down into two groups, one focused on drivers and one on equipment. For drivers:

Slow down and be cautious in adverse weather such as rain, sleet, snow, fog and wind.
Always buckle up; safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Keep extra water and non-perishable food in the cab; dehydration and malnourishment can cause weakness, dizziness, confusion, sluggishness, fainting and more, according to […]

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