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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

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

Apply For DOT Number / Check DOT Status

Apply For DOT Number or Check Status of Current DOT Number
The FMCSA monitors and ensures compliance with motor carrier safety (all carriers) and commercial (for-hire, non-exempt carriers) regulations. Companies may find they are subject to registration requirements for both safety (safety registration) and commercial regulation (operating authority registration). Companies subject to the safety requirements are also required to obtain a USDOT Number…. Read More
Source: FMCSA website
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By |January 7th, 2016|Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Apply For DOT Number / Check DOT Status

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

Inspection tips for hubcap and lubricant – Tech Tuesday

Inspection tips for hubcap and lubricant by Fleet Equipment

The hubcap is constantly exposed to hot, cold, wet, dry and abrasive conditions, but would you believe that some of the toughest treatment comes from inside the wheel end assembly? There are many factors that lead to damaging conditions such as an over-tight bearing or cocked seal, but one of the most critical issues that can lead to a cooked hubcap is improper lubricant.

Don’t know about improper lubricant? Very simply, there are two types of lubricants that today’s truck and trailer manufacturers pre-determine for their wheel end assemblies — grease or oil. Similar to the expression, “Oil and water don’t mix,” you should never mix grease and oil lubricants in the same assembly. Mixing the different lubricants in the same assembly will inevitably result in wheel end failure. Here are a few indicators of hubcap failure due to improper lubricant:

Milky window: The view window in the hubcap will become nearly opaque white when subject to heat. The heat comes from inside and spells trouble. Pull the wheel and check the bearing adjustment to check for low lubricant or a change to an incompatible lubricant.

Melted window: With the hubcap removed, inspect the edges of the view window for damage or discoloration. If the edge has a rippled look, chances are it has started to melt from excessive heat. Heat build-up could be from running on low lube, excessive pre-load on bearing or a recent switch to an incompatible lubricant.

If either condition occurs, clean all lubricant out of the hub, and then clean and inspect bearings for damage. To avoid this common problem, SKF recommends always checking for the proper lubricant prior to re-installation.

By |November 4th, 2014|Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Inspection tips for hubcap and lubricant – Tech Tuesday

Save on Tires and Fuel with proper alignment – Tech Tip

Are you getting the most out of your tires

Tech Tip Tuesday article about Tire and Fuel Savings with improved alignment

We found this interesting article with some great info about tire savings

You’ve heard the expression, “It’s like herding cats”? It’s like that with tires when your alignment is out of whack. With all those wheels heading in different directions, it’s unlikely you’re getting the best fuel economy – or tire life.

The effects of misalignment are subtle, but the impact is rather startling. Bridgestone’s Guy Walenga tells when a wheel is misaligned it’s like dragging it sideways across the pavement.

“We have said in the past that if you have a 2-inch misalignment between steer and drive tires on tractor with a 181-inch wheelbase it would be like scrubbing the tires across the pavement for about 60 feet for every mile you drove,” he says. “Increasing the scale for dramatic effect, over a year, that would amount to dragging the tires sideways for about 1,100 miles. Not only is that going to produce tire wear, it saps fuel economy too. It takes a lot of energy to drag a tire sideways, and the energy comes right from your fuel tank.”

Alignment is a fuel savings opportunity many fleets overlook, but Bill Bliem, senior vice-president of Fleet Services at Vineland, N.J.-based NFI, takes full advantage of the savings it provides.

“When I joined the company, I did a lot of yard surveys with my maintenance directors and I noticed most of the drive tires had feather wear,” he says. “I discovered the company never did vehicle alignments except where there was an obvious need. Since we started doing regular alignments of the front axles as well as the drives and […]

By |May 27th, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Save on Tires and Fuel with proper alignment – Tech Tip