ZF has been a global leader in trucking equipment, including transmissions, steering technology and advanced safety systems. The question always was: When will we see this in North America? With ZF having acquired WABCO, that question, along with a host of others, once again came to mind. For the answer, I connected with Fredrik Staedtler,
Time and miles: Both seem to roll by more quickly than we realize. Consider six months, 1,800 operating hours, or 50,000 miles – for many working trucks and truck drivers, those aren’t long intervals: But they’re key markers for a piece of basic wheel-end preventive maintenance that’s too often overlooked. This installment of the Bendix
Here are the biggest stories from September focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
The easy answer to the headline question is: Yes! The more complicated answer to the seemingly simple follow up: How? … that will take some explaining. The impact on your equipment operation The pandemic put all fleets in a do-what-you-gotta-do predicament. With so much uncertainty, no one could fault you for rolling your trucks into
For a long time, the standard was a 6×4 configuration in which both rear tandem axles receive power. Trucks came with 6×4 regardless of the jobs they were designed to do. However, some fleets and drivers have lately been switching to 6×2 configurations in which only one of the rear axles receives power. The other
Dana Inc. has introduced the new Spicer Trac-Lok limited-slip differentials (LSD) for medium-duty truck applications, which the company says autonomously delivers improved vehicle handling. “Spicer Trac-Lok provides improved traction capability without the driver engaging any switches or mechanisms, thus reducing frequent incidents of poor traction and lessening instability during turns. It also places less stress
With the recent release of WinAlign 16.2, Hunter has released a new alignment inspection printout to assist with selling heavy-duty alignments. Customers with Hunter’s WinAlign HD alignment machine and latest WinAlign software update (16.2) have a new way to present alignment check results for heavy vehicles, the company says. Once alignment is checked on a
Dana Inc. has introduced new drive technologies for material-handling vehicles, including a low-voltage, high-efficiency motor for electric-powered applications, as well as a new series of modular, high-efficiency drive axles for Class I, IV, and V industrial lift trucks. New low-voltage, high-efficiency motor Dana has launched a new 48- to 120/144-volt synchronous reluctance internal permanent magnet
Kenworth has introduced an airbrake package with a 23,000-lb. rear axle for enhanced road capacity for the K370 cabover. Combined with the K370’s standard 12,000-lb. front axle, the new axle offering increases the K370’s gross combination weight rating to 35,000 lbs. The package features the Dana S23-172 or S23-172E rear axle, 1710 drivelines, 22.5-in. tires,
Drivers of commercial vehicles may become frustrated by frequent incidents of poor traction and a sense of instability during turns. A limited-slip differential with automatic traction engagement can solve these problems, delivering improved vehicle handling by limiting wheel-slip rather than fully locking.
Wheel-end technology developments are right now being driven by the need to reduce turnaround times for service and installation. Like with any other service, more efficient installation and maintenance allows a shop to achieve higher levels of satisfaction and maintain profitability, and allows your fleet to maximize uptime. Watch the video above to learn more,
With the continued integration of more technologies into automated commercial vehicle safety systems, steering gear maintenance is an often neglected, yet key element in the effective operation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). This installment of the Bendix Tech Tips series focuses on inspection, maintenance, and installation of steering gears, which provide hydraulic power assist