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The importance of keeping your axle vents in good condition

Axle vents are something few people ever think about, but they play an important role in keeping the axle in operating condition. Axles generate a lot of heat running down the road. As the axle increases in temperature, the air pressure inside the axle likewise increases. To accommodate the increase in air pressure resulting from

Kenworth T270, T370 offer Dana Spicer S140 single-drive axles

The Kenworth T270 and T370 are now available with the Dana Spicer S140 series of single-reduction, single-drive axles, ranging from 16,000-lb. to 21,000-lb. gross axle weight rating. According to Dana, the four S140 series axles are designed to handle a wide range of applications and feature broad ratio coverage from 3.31 to 6.50, allowing maximum

Power source: The importance of axles in hybrid and electric trucks

Electrification is the story of the year in the trucking world. From Cummins to Fuso to Chanje to Tesla, serious moves were made by various OEMs to begin the process of bringing what was previously a theoretical concept to the real world. No one can deny that electrification is coming. With new priorities for OEMs

Freightliner Trucks, Hendrickson partner on liftable forward tandem axle

Freightliner Trucks has partnered with Hendrickson to offer a Hendrickson OPTIMAAX 6×2 liftable forward tandem axle exclusive to the new Freightliner Cascadia. The new OPTIMAAX design will help carriers with diminishing loads, like bulk haulers and delivery vehicles that may have empty back hauls after carrying items such as groceries, livestock, beverages and fuel, Freightliner

Nikola, Bosch team up to develop electric truck powertrain

Nikola Motor Co. announced plans to bring the Nikola One and Two, a class 8 hydrogen-electric truck lineup, to market by 2021. According to Nikola, the truck will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft./lbs. of torque all with “zero local emissions.” At the heart of the Nikola truck lineup is a new commercial

Kenworth T370 now available with factory-installed heavy front drive axles

The Kenworth T370 is now available with factory-installed 18,000- and 20,000-lb. front drive axles. The new offering is targeted for heavy utility services, construction, municipalities, fire and rescue and other specialty applications, the company said. The Kenworth T370 offers the Fabco FSD-18A and FSD-20A front drive axles paired with a Fabco TC-548 transfer case for

Inside axle ratios: Detailing the range of downspeeding options

Any on-highway truck you spec today will likely employ downspeeding to some degree. The sources within this story all agree that the majority of trucks today are putting faster ratios on the road. It’s a trend being driven by increased powertrain innovation and integration, with automated manual and automatic transmissions playing a key role in

Tire choices for 6×2 axle configurations

While adoption of 6×2 axle configurations in over-the-road applications has lagged behind industry expectations—largely because of unexpected challenges and consequences in making the switch to 6×2 configurations, as well as lower-than-expected fuel prices making such a switch less of a money saver—there is still significant interest among fleets in making such a switch. And those

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NACFE issues new Confidence Report on 6×2 axles

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and Carbon War Room issued an update to its Confidence Report on 6×2 axles. NACFE convened a new study team of experts to investigate a technology on which it has already issued a Confidence Report, which NACFE says is due to refinements in the way fleets are implementing

Heavy Duty Truck 6x2 axle
Peterbilt adds PACCAR steer axles to vocational lineup

Peterbilt adds the new PACCAR 20,000- and 22,000-lb. wide track steer axles to its vocational lineup. The PACCAR steer axle is available with standard front air disc brakes or optional drum brakes as well as suspensions and several wheel end options. Both axle ratings will be available in the Models 567, 520, 389, 367, 365,

Mack Trucks announces new features for its axle, AMT

Mack Trucks announced a new Automatic Standby Mode for its 6×2 liftable pusher axle, available on Mack Pinnacle highway models. The 6×2 with liftable pusher axle offers improved fuel efficiency and productivity benefits and is designed for applications that haul out heavy and return empty, such as bulk haul, Mack said. The addition of Automatic

Kenworth T880 now available in all-wheel drive

Kenworth’s T880 construction truck is now available in an all-wheel drive configuration, the company announced. The front drive axle is installed at the Kenworth factory. “For severe duty applications where the ultimate in traction is required, our new configuration is a welcomed spec,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth’s marketing director. “We see our all-wheel drive T880