The CVSA Annual Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Is Less Than a Month Away!

Are You Ready?

It’s almost here! The 30th Annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck 2017 is less than a month away. The 72-hour roadside inspection and law enforcement blitz will be held June 4-6. Are your drivers ready?

The goal of the three-day blitz is safety. Roadside CVSA truck inspections play a big role in reducing truck-related deaths. Since 1998, the CVSA estimates it has performed more than 1 million truck inspections. These inspections have saved more than 200 lives and prevented more than 4,000 injuries.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

Download the CVSA’s Cargo Securement Tips Flyer

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle safety.

Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses).

Read more about the CVSA International Roadcheck

By |May 10th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on The CVSA Annual Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Is Less Than a Month Away!

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 […]

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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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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

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)

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

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By |September 27th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Preventative Care, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Logan Township, NJ Facility is Now an Authorized Isuzu Dealership

By |August 3rd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Parts, Truck Sales, Truck Service|Comments Off on Logan Township, NJ Facility is Now an Authorized Isuzu Dealership

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 […]

By |June 28th, 2016|Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Better MPG Through Maintenance – Tech Tip Tuesday

Are You Ready? CVSA Roadcheck 2016 Coming Soon

CVSA International Roadcheck 2016 will take place June 7-9, 2016
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) 29th Annual International Roadcheck will take place on June 7-9, 2016. Approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America will perform large truck and bus safety inspections.

Each year, International Roadcheck places particular emphasis on a category of violations. This year will be the year of tire safety, which will include the following:

Measuring tire tread depth
Checking the tire pressure
Checking to make sure no items are lodged between dual tires
Examining the overall condition of the tire to ensure no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls

CVSA Tips for Avoiding Tire Violations

Of course, checking vehicle tires is always a part of roadside inspections; the CVSA continues to highlight the important test as a reminder to drivers and carriers. This tire inspection is in addition to the 37-step North American Standard Level I Inspection, one of the most rigorous roadside inspection procedures that examines not only the vehicle but also the driver.

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. Nearly 75,000 inspections take place each year during the inspection spree. On average, it inspects 17 trucks or buses every minute in Canada, the United States, and Mexico during its 72-hour window. During the annual three-day event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

In last year’s Roadcheck, 1,623 drivers and 9,732 vehicles were found with out-of-service violations, the lowest rate since 1991.

Call or stop by our Service Department at the location nearest you for more information on the CVSA Roadcheck.

 

By |April 27th, 2016|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Are You Ready? CVSA Roadcheck 2016 Coming Soon

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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