Great resource for truckers, mechanics and fleet owners to keep in your shop – Tech Tip Tuesday

Here’s a great resource we found on The American Society of Safety Engineers website that’s useful for truckers, mechanics and fleet owners to use as a technical, safety and compliance checklist.

Download the checklist here

The American Society of Safety Engineers

By |December 1st, 2015|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Great resource for truckers, mechanics and fleet owners to keep in your shop – Tech Tip Tuesday

Cooling System Preparations for Winter – Tech Tip Tuesday

One of the most important tasks that should completed before the cold of the winter sets in is to ensure that the cooling system in your vehicle is properly protected from the harmful weather conditions.

The coolant mixture used to defend against the cold should be a priority for all who want to keep their vehicles in good condition throughout the winter.

The American Trucking Association

The American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council provides a checklist for all truck owners to help them practice safe habits when it comes to caring for their trucks throughout the cold season. This Recommended Practice states many different regulations concerning what types of coolant mixtures are best-suited for specific types of trucks, as well as the dangers of mixing more than one type of coolant.

Concerns and Cautions

One of the biggest and simplest mistakes that a truck owner can make during the winter months is to incorrectly mix the coolant used to protect the cooling system of the truck. Purchasing more than one brand of mixture can be costly because, if coolant is combined with a different brand, the engine may not function at its full capacity. A couple easy ways for a truck owner to make this mistake are if they use two different mixtures because they are constantly topping-off their engine, or if there is a leak in the system and they are being cautious and adding more coolant unnecessarily.

Keeping tabs on the types of coolant used in your trucks is a priority to ensure maximum productivity from your vehicles. Because there are some coolants that are compatible with one another, mixing can sometimes not produce negative results. However, as coolant mixture producers move farther away from […]

By |November 17th, 2015|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Cooling System Preparations for Winter – Tech Tip Tuesday

Do You Know Where Your Spare Fuses Are? – Tech Tip Tuesday

DOT Inspectors issuing warnings for not being able to locate spare fuses

Did you know your fuse box is equipped with spaces for spare fuses?  Recently some DOT inspectors have been asking drivers for his/her spare fuses and the they ares not aware of the location of the fuses.

You should review this with your drivers and they need to know where the spare fuses are located.    Also make sure that if the spare fuses were used during a repair to the vehicle, the spares are replaced in the fuse box to meet the DOT requirement of the vehicle being equipped with spare fuses.

So far most customers have been issued a warning not a ticket.

By |September 1st, 2015|Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Do You Know Where Your Spare Fuses Are? – Tech Tip Tuesday

Learn How to Prevent Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires – Tech Tip Tuesday

Proper care of your wide-base tires can improve their life.
Do wide-base single tires wear differently than standard tires in dual assemblies? There’s a perception among some users and prospective users of wide base tires that they will experience different rates of wear than standard tires. Many also believe that wide base tires are more susceptible to some forms of irregular wear.

The tire makers tell us that some forms of irregular wear were indeed more prevalent in earlier generations of the tires, but that’s supposedly not as much of an issue as it once was.

“Wide base tires may have shown a tendency to develop irregular wear over time, but that was more of a problem with early generations of the tire,” says Matt Loos, director of truck and bus marketing at Bridgestone. “It’s not really the case any longer. The technology and the construction is to the point today where they can be expected to wear at similar rates. That certainly was an issue originally.”

Likewise, Paul Crehan, Michelin’s director of product marketing, says recent offerings address the wear problem.

“This has been a problem for a number of years, but we have spent the last four years trying to figure out a solution,” he says. “Last year we introduced two new wide base tires, one optimized for the highway, the other for regional. Both of these two tire families were designed to fight irregular wear in the shoulder area. By designing the tread pattern and the casing to better manage the load stresses on the tire, we have significantly reduced irregular wear on trailer tires.”

Wide base tires are, by design, subject to different wear conditions than duals, Crehan says, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that […]

By |August 11th, 2015|Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Learn How to Prevent Irregular Wear on Wide-Base Tires – Tech Tip Tuesday

Helpful information for fleet drivers during hailstorms – Tech Tip Tuesday

There are some measures that drivers can take, though, to protect themselves and their vehicle during hailstorms.
Here are some safety tips, provided by Union Mutual of Vermont and Progressive Insurance, you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

When hail is larger than three-quarters of an inch in diameter, drivers are advised to:

Stop driving. If you can see a safe place to drive to, such as inside a garage or under a service station awning, do so as soon as you can. Make sure you pull completely off the highway, but avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water.
Keep your vehicle angled so the hail hits the front of the vehicle. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and back glass are not, so they’re much more susceptible to breakage.
Stay away from vehicle windows. Cover yourself with a blanket or coat, if possible, because there may be debris. In particular, protect your eyes. See if you can get onto the floor face-down, or lay down on the seat with your back to the windows.
Don’t leave the vehicle until the hailing stops. Your car will furnish reasonable protection.

To learn more about the hailstorm research project, click here

From the Automtive News website

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By |July 21st, 2015|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Helpful information for fleet drivers during hailstorms – Tech Tip Tuesday

More Tips for Warm Weather Months from Isuzu – Tech Tip Tuesday

SUMMER MAINTENANCE TIPS BOUGHT TO YOU BY ISUZU COMMERCIAL TRUCKS
It has been a long and cold winter. Your Isuzu-built vehicle is one tough truck, but even the toughest truck needs some attention. The pot holes may have knocked your front end out of alignment, you may need new tires or a rotation, the fuel water separator may be filled with moisture, the windshield solvent may be out and you do not know what condition the hoses and belts are in! Below are a few more preventative maintenance tips that can help keep your truck operating efficiently through the summer.

ANTIFREEZE
Antifreeze is normally associated with winter, but it is equally important during the heat of summer. Even if your vehicle runs in cooler climates the mixture between antifreeze and water is normally a 50/50 ratio. This will also protect the engine during the winter months. In fact, it is recommended that the radiator be flushed every 24 months to prevent corrosion.

AIR FILTER
A clean air filter is one of those items that is often overlooked. On your Isuzu truck, the air cleaner is easy to access and easy to replace. In fact, it only takes a couple of minutes but a clean filter can help improve your fuel mileage and keep your engine running at peak performance.

TIRE SAFETY
When the thunderstorms hit and the rain sweeps across the road, nothing is more important than matched tread, enough tread and proper inflation. When we do a preventive maintenance service, we not only check the pressure, but evaluate your tires and make recommendations. Summer heat from the pavement can cause havoc just as much as under inflated, low tread depth, or non matched tread during a rain storm. Switching to all-season […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Isuzu Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on More Tips for Warm Weather Months from Isuzu – Tech Tip Tuesday

Tips for Summer Truck Maintenance – Tech Tip Tuesday

Key Components and Systems Need Additional Attention In Summer Months

Hot weather is already upon some parts of the country. The heat of summer can be as hard on your trucks as the freezing temperatures of winter. Yet some fleets don’t have specific maintenance set up for warmer weather. If you haven’t prepared your trucks for the heat, now is the time to bring them in for their summer maintenance service.

Here are some key components and systems that need additional attention in hot weather.

Cooling system: Start with checking antifreeze concentration levels. If the antifreeze-to-water ratio is off, the cooling system will not operate efficiently or may even fail in warm weather. Inspect the radiator mounts, fan shrouds and fan clutch as well. Basic maintenance of the cooling module should include a thorough pressure wash of the radiator/charger air cooler/air conditioning condenser from the engine side, pushing the debris out the front of the cores. With the engine off and key stowed away to avoid an inopportune start up, work from the top down, and get the pressure washer into the upper and lower corners behind the fan shroud. Be careful to not bend the fan blades with the wash wand or to nick the cooling fins.

Air conditioning system: Check for leaks and for state of charge. If you hear noise coming from the blower motor, it may be time to replace it. Check for refrigerant leaks. Pay special attention to hose, fittings and bend, and flex points. Make sure the condenser is clean and free of debris. Examine the filters to make sure they’re not plugged. Given today’s driver shortage, you can’t afford not to have a fully functioning air conditioning system. If the A/C fails, […]

By |June 23rd, 2015|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Tips for Summer Truck Maintenance – Tech Tip Tuesday

Bendix Has Tips for Truck Fleets for CVSA Roadcheck 2015

 

 

 
Bendix offers tips for CVSA Roadcheck

Improving highway safety isn’t always about what happens behind the wheel or on the road. As fleets and owner-operators across the trucking industry prepare for the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck program, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems offers insight on factors that affect the highway safety equation long before the turn of an ignition key: brake system upkeep, component selection and inspection, and technical know-how.

The largest targeted commercial vehicle roadside inspection program in the world, this year’s 72-hour Roadcheck starts today the through 4th, and will involve approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, and federal inspectors across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. According to CVSA, Roadcheck has encompassed more than 1.4 million roadside inspections since its inception in 1988, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided.

See full article here.

By |June 2nd, 2015|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Bendix Has Tips for Truck Fleets for CVSA Roadcheck 2015

Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance – Tech Tip Tuesday

 

 

 
9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance
When talk turns to maintenance, it’s usually the tractor that gets all the attention. While today’s trailers are designed to last longer, they still need some TLC.

The following trailer maintenance tips can help ensure your trailers are always in top operating condition.

1. Check the air

Tires are a major expense, so they deserve your attention. “Proper tire air pressure is key to tire longevity,” says Mike Goor, president of Contract Leasing Corp., a trailer leasing, sales and service company. Since drivers are often too busy to check tires as they should, he recommends tire pressure monitoring or inflation systems.

However, these systems need their own attention, notes John Morgan, senior product manager at Meritor. “Check the supply hose connection to the tire on a regular basis and occasionally look for leaks.”

Chris Steph, Stemco Intelligent Transportation Systems business leader, suggests these three simple checks:

• Verify that the system pressure is set correctly

• Check the auxiliary battery switch (ABS)/auxiliary power fuse

• Check the system shut-off valve position.

More specifically, check regulator pressure at least once a quarter and check the power fuse monthly, since the driver warning lamp will not illuminate without power. The system shut-off valve needs to be checked every time there is a visual inspection of the trailer.

If your tires are properly inflated but you’re still seeing tire wear, the problem is probably not with the tires, says Russ Franks, field service manager for Meritor. “Unusual tire wear is an indication you have something wrong with the undercarriage, suspension, shock absorbers or axle alignment.”

2. Inspect suspensions

Visually inspect suspensions looking for signs of irregular wear, tears or heat cracks on the air springs, advises Dave Vanette, new business development manager at Firestone Industrial […]

By |February 10th, 2015|Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance – Tech Tip Tuesday

Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice from Van Trailers – Tech Tip

 

 

 

A Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice from Van Trailers

Although laws in several states require owners to clean off the roofs before the vehicles head for the road, that’s easier decreed than done.

A. Duie Pyle, the old-line freight carrier operating in the Northeast, has found the answer in the “snow scraper” from Scraper Systems. The fleet has installed the equipment at 15 of its 17 terminals, and the other two should have them soon, says Randy Swart, the chief operating officer based at the company’s headquarters in West Chester, Pa., outside of Philadelphia.

Read more here.

By |February 3rd, 2015|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice from Van Trailers – Tech Tip