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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

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

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sniffing Out Brake Trouble – Tech Tips Tuesday

 

Number of factors can lead to premature wear-and-tear of a vehicle’s brake system
 
We found this helpful safety article and video on the automotive-fleet website.

Fleet drivers are your first line of defense for unscheduled maintenance needs. As a fleet manager, you need their help to identify early signs of trouble so a slowly emerging problem doesn’t develop into a major safety hazard. This is particularly true with brakes.

A number of factors can lead to premature wear-and-tear of a vehicle’s brake system – exposure to road salt, a history of aggressive driving and sudden braking, a driver whose foot habitually rides the brake, a glitch introduced during manufacturing or repair work, etc.

By |November 18th, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sniffing Out Brake Trouble – Tech Tips Tuesday