Heavy Duty Trucks News
TPMS: one size may not fit all

It appears that tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are poised to enter the age of modern reliable electronics. This should be a very good thing for the trucking industry. I believe that TPMS will become standard equipment on new over-the-road trucks, tractors and trailers in a few short years. The driving force will be operating

Use resources to manage tires

With much of my career focused on technical consulting, sales training and interacting with tire and trucking industry professionals, I feel qualified to offer one overall observation for improvement: Become aware and take advantage of readily available resources to enhance decision making and the performance of your employees. There are very few problems that someone

Productive cooperation: a new solution

Communication, teamwork, cooperation and other buzzwords aren’t news to those of us in the trucking industry. They represent worthy goals in many instances, but I’ve long had a bit of a problem with the way concepts have been presented. One of the cornerstones of good management has been identifying goals and deploying available resources to

Modern truck tires: sounds of silence

Those of you who have been in the industry for a while can remember when trucks were loud. Sometimes this was intentional, other times the trucks just came that way new. Objections to this noise resulted in the federal government regulations during the 1970s and ‘80s limiting truck noise. At that time, the three primary

Multiple components can influence truck handling

Change is a constant. Never has this been more obvious than in the increasing diversity of vehicle sizes and the configurations and the service conditions they are expected to endure. The days of a typical trucking fleet composed of just linehaul tractors and smaller delivery trucks are rapidly disappearing. Truck brands, many new to the

Axle length matters

Currently, there is discussion in the industry that has the potential to affect tire selection. Ironically, tires themselves aren’t really the issue. The use of new generation wide single tires, primarily the 55 Series designed for over-the-road use, replacing traditional dual sets, is at the heart of the issue. In order to maintain approximately the

Rolling resistance: Part 1 of fuel consumption

Not so long ago, there were three primary criteria for truck tire selection: treadwear, durability and price. Consolidation of the tire manufacturing industry and advances in materials and process technology have brought wear and durability much closer together among tire brands, and at much higher levels of overall performance. It might even be said, provided

Tire fires: a modern version

The best thing about truck tire fires is that they hardly ever happen anymore. There are good reasons for that. One is that steel radials simply don’t fail in this manner. Older, bias-ply tires were built with multiple layers of crossed body plies that flexed as the tire rolled under load. Increased loads, decreased inflation

When tire stems that seem okay fail

Truck maintenance may often seem like a balancing act. This is especially true with new technology, components, environmental regulations and supplier consolidation.

Alcoa introduces new stronger, lighter weight 24.5-in. LvL ONE wheel

Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products recently rolled out the 24.5-in. LvL ONE wheel. The new wheel in the 24.5-in. x 8.25-in. standard wheel category works with load range “H” tires, with a load rating of 7,850 lbs., which is 450 lbs. more than steel alternatives and weighing 30 lbs. less.

Choosing the right level of partnership

The lackluster economy has forced many trucking companies to search for new ways to cut operating costs and improve efficiencies

Tires and brakes—a forced relationship

The biggest engine, the most powerful brakes, and the most sophisticated suspension systems are only as good as the power they transfer to the pavement.