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Optimized: Know How to Plan When You Know What Parts Will Sell

The parts department is a busy, even chaotic place. There is never a shortage of things to worry about or issues to monitor. You got parts sales, team performance, deciding whether or not to eat your lunch while standing at your desk because, as you know, the parts business doesn’t take lunch breaks.  Speaking of

Brake pads you can be grateful for

As we make our way into the season of thanks and gratitude, we find ourselves appreciating the things that may frequently go unnoticed in day to day life. If you flip a lightswitch, the bulb comes on. And when you turn on the faucet, clean water flows from the tap. If you hit your brakes,

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Less weight, more strength: How composite spring suspensions apply both benefits

Stronger. Lighter. It’s the dichotomy that nearly all fleets chase when it comes to spec’ing new equipment. This lean, mean spec’ing strategy can boost efficiency and provide equipment longevity. When you think about suspensions for demanding applications, tried-and-true steel spring suspensions spring to mind. (Pun intended.) But what if there was another way–a suspension that

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Protecting both sides of the trailer floor is the best way to combat corrosion and maximize service life and it’s one company’s mission to solve this industry problem

Trailer manufacturers are always looking for ways to combat corrosion by using alternative materials and coatings. Rockland Flooring has come up with a combination of products that will preserve the wood, improve performance and extend service life. With Rockland Flooring, obtaining quality service and trailer flooring does not mean having to break the bank. In

Case Study: New Cab Climate Solution Greatly Reduces Idling

Wheeler CAT Fleet Manager Scott Cline wanted to reduce the engine idle time racked up by the fleet’s service trucks when technicians were out on jobs.  Idle time was averaging 34% across the truck fleet, with some trucks hitting 50% idle time. The numbers were driving up fuel costs and increasing engine maintenance and downtime. 

10 ways predictive maintenance with telematics data can boost fuel efficiency

With fluctuating fuel costs, a predictive maintenance program with telematics data can provide substantial fuel savings to reduce operating costs. Proper vehicle maintenance is essential for the safe and efficient operation of your fleet. But did you know that it can also improve fuel economy by as much as 5% to 10%? Not only that,

The five most frequently asked bearing maintenance questions

Bearings play a crucial role on all wheel ends to keep your loads rolling, and they need maintenance TLC just like any other truck component. Bower has been producing bearings since 1907, so they’ve seen it all in the field. Today, Bower Heavy Duty Bearings by NTN conducts in-field bearing maintenance training for fleets to

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Troubleshooting common issues with heavy duty clutch bearings

We get it. Your wheel bearings are not at the top of your fleet inspection checklist, but just like your engine, transmission, or tires, ignoring proper maintenance procedures of your wheel bearings can cause damage. The failure of your truck’s clutch bearings, for example, could sideline it and potentially cause further damage to the entire

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It’s not ‘just’ a filter: Why high-quality diesel engine filtration matters

It can seem simple at the time—your diesel engine is due for service, requiring fuel and/or oil filters and your in-the-moment cost consciousness awakens. Yet that momentary decision has consequences that can ripple through your entire diesel engine lifecycle. Filtration impacts your engine’s fuel efficiency and its oil drain intervals—all things that add to its

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Air spring maintenance tips

Air springs are vital in the proper operation of your heavy-duty trucks. To avoid excessive wear and premature failure, it is important to keep a close eye on the system and perform regular maintenance checks. Keep these tips in mind the next time you perform preventative maintenance on your air spring systems. 1. Fully extend

Smart trailers: Why they’re worth it

Fleet managers have a truck ton of data coming at them, and with the evolving smart trailer landscape, there’s even more on the horizon. Trailer components like embedded tire sensors, ABS sensors and cargo sensors (to name a few) can provide fleets with actionable analytics to make smarter decisions. Of course, this means investing both

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Wheel end commonalities that strengthen custom trailer solutions

It’s not easy to create commonality in specialized equipment. Specific trucking jobs often require specific trailering solutions. Flatbed hauling, for example, is a different vocational beast than refuse collection and even further from food transportation. Now consider a company like MAC Trailer that serves those segments with customized solutions. Any chance it has to create