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.

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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

Spotlight on All New Isuzu F-Series Trucks

The All-New FTR
The FTR is truly a game-changer that raises the standard for Class 6 medium duty trucks. This truck’s low-cab-forward design gives it fantastic maneuverability and visibility along with the ability to carry more cargo than a conventional Class 6 GVWR truck at the same wheelbase. Its four-cylinder diesel engine is environmentally friendly and gives the truck outstanding fuel efficiency.

A class-leading warranty provides its owners with peace of mind. And it’s an Isuzu truck, a name that is synonymous with dependability, durability and low cost of ownership.

Isuzu FTR Class 6 Low Cab Forward

Payload allowance for increased customer needs
8 wheelbases accommodate bodies from 14-30 feet
Outstanding driver visibility, superior maneuverability and a tight-turning diameter
FTR, the LCF answer to Class 6 efficiency delivering a lower cost of ownership

 

 

 

Download the Isuzu F-Series brochure or the 2018 FTR Specification Sheet .

Need help finding the right Isuzu truck for your business? Bentley Truck Services is here to help you, no matter what the vocation.

Contact one of our locations nearest you today to schedule a test drive and walkaround or for info about our finance options!

 

By |August 22nd, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Isuzu Trucks, Spotlight, Truck Service|Comments Off on Spotlight on All New Isuzu F-Series Trucks

FusoFirst: Mitsubishi Fuso’s Mobile Web App and Roadside Assistance Program

THE FUSOFIRST PROGRAM
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America free FusoFirst program is dedicated to provide full-service customer support, helping to maintain the dependability of it’s FUSO FE and FG Series trucks.

Available in the U.S. and Canada, it covers any new or existing FUSO vehicle within its 3-year/unlimited miles bumper-to-bumper warranty period.

Contact us for more information about the program.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:
24/7 ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
Towing
Tire service
Jump starting
Lock-out service
Fuel/DEF replenishment

WEB-FRIENDLY MOBILE APP
Dealer locator
Vehicle troubleshooting
Vehicle technical data
Driver assistance videos
Link to roadside assistance

ONGOING OPERATOR TRAINING/EDUCATION

NATIONWIDE PARTS & SERVICE ACCESS

ONGOING DEALERSHIP TECHNICIAN TRAINING
Contact us today to find out more

By |August 9th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks, Truck Service|Comments Off on FusoFirst: Mitsubishi Fuso’s Mobile Web App and Roadside Assistance Program

Huge Savings on Commercial Truck Parts and Service for your Isuzu Truck

It has been a long and cold winter. Your Isuzu-built vehicle is one tough truck, but even the toughest truck needs some attention. Below are a few more preventive maintenance tips that can help keep your truck operating efficiently through the summer.

By |July 18th, 2017|Isuzu Trucks, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Huge Savings on Commercial Truck Parts and Service for your Isuzu Truck

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

CVSA’s Brake Safety Day 2017

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day is Sept. 7, 2017

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced that September 7th, 2017, is Brake Safety Day, an enforcement and compliance campaign where law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program.

The goal of Brake Safety Day is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections, and identifying and removing vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways.

In addition, outreach and educational efforts by CMV inspectors, motor carriers and others are integral to the success of the campaign. Brake Safety Day activities seek to educate drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance.

Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be routinely inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of trucks and buses, posing serious risks to all highway users and public safety. Antilock braking systems help the vehicle, and thus the driver, maintain control in certain situations, which reduces the risk of some types of crashes.

Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage (representing 45.7 percent) of all out-of-service violations cited during Operation Airbrake’s companion International Roadcheck campaign in 2016, which focused on inspections of both commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

Bentley Truck Services is ready to assist […]

By |July 6th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on CVSA’s Brake Safety Day 2017

Are You Ready? CVSA Roadcheck 2017 Starts Next Week

CVSA International Roadcheck 2017 will take place June 6-8
Let us help with Parts and Service – Call  (215) 937-1044 or stop by our Service Department at the location nearest you
Each year during the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) Roadcheck event, tens of thousands of inspections are conducted. On average, about three times as many inspections are done each day during Roadcheck than on any other day.  Nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during the 72-hour period.

CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver ad cargo safety and security. Every year CVSA places a special emphasis on a particular category of violations. This year the area of main emphasis is cargo securement.

Now is the time to prepare for Roadcheck 2017 and make sure your drivers and vehicles are operating safely.

According to CVSA, drivers will be asked to provide their license, endorsements, medical card, and hours of service documentation. Drivers also will be checked for seat belt usage and for use of alcohol and controlled substances.

The vehicle inspection will include a check of the:

braking system
coupling devices
exhaust system
frame
fuel system
lights
safe loading
steering mechanism
suspension
tires
van and open-top trailer bodies
wheels and rims
windshield wipers
emergency exits (on buses)

 

By |June 2nd, 2017|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Are You Ready? CVSA Roadcheck 2017 Starts Next Week

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!

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, […]

By |December 27th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Good maintenance practices for steel and aluminum wheels – Tech Tip Tuesday