Fuel Economy

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

Inspecting Your Tires – Tech Tips

Routine and regular inspections are the key to getting the most out of your tires
Inspecting tires on a routine and regular basis is the key to succeeding in maximizing your tire removal miles. Drivers, technicians, and outside vendors who service your vehicles can all play a significant role in getting the most miles out of your tires.

The goal of every tire program is to ensure that the tires are running smoothly and evenly without irregular wear. Fuel economy is maximized when tires are running without irregular issues such as shoulder cupping, one-sided wear, fast shoulder wear on both shoulders, and heel/toe wear. Fuel economy will be adversely affected and tires will be removed prematurely due to uneven wear; and the cost/mile will show a dramatic increase.

Training drivers, technicians, and your vehicle servicing network will go a long way to maximizing tire removal miles with the side benefit of fuel economy improvement. A serious on-going tire training program is essential and should include identifying specific wear patterns, their probable cause and how to correct the issue. A few facts your training should include…

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By |January 20th, 2015|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Inspecting Your Tires – Tech Tips