Cool and collected: A guide to choosing the right heavy-duty coolant
Technicians and drivers should be trained on correct coolant usage.
What coolants will battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks require?
Electric commercial vehicles are significantly ramping up in popularity, as commercially viable models from OEMs have come to market and are starting to be seen running routes in real-world applications. With outside factors including improving total cost of ownership and government emissions mandates, this trend is sure to increase in the coming years. While exciting,
Watch: Maintaining the right coolant mix is a must
The chemistry of today’s extended-life coolants is fairly complex, and you need to maintain the proper mix if you want to make the most of it.
Watch: What coolant should I use in my engines? (Part 2)
After you’ve confirmed the coolant for your engine, you need to then make sure you are choosing a high-quality coolant that will serve your engine well. There are a couple of rules of thumb to remember when selecting and using coolants.
Watch: What coolant should I use in my engines? (Part 1)
The coolant you should use in your engines depends on the make and model of the engine. The first and most basic step is to follow the recommendations of the engine and/or vehicle manufacturer as to what coolant technology you should be using. But beyond that, there are a few considerations when deciding what type of coolant to use—nitrited or nitrite-free, and extended life or otherwise.
Vocational trucks require thought-out filter choices
In vocational operations, trucks are exposed to harsh environments. For that reason, elements that can prevent these vehicles from operating at peak capacity require specific filter choices.
Watch: Identifying filtration issues
Today’s heavy-duty engines have evolved to incorporate modern technology and to adhere to emissions regulations—and that means their components have had to evolve with them. From a maintenance standpoint, one result of this is that when a problem comes up, it’s not so simple to determine the root cause.
The importance of wisely choosing replacement oil coalescing cartridges
Oil-coalescing cartridges—which remove and purge oil aerosols from the system’s air, along with moisture—provide an extra level of protection for these components, which can be costly to replace.
Understanding coolant types is important to your engine and cooling system
As engine technology and component materials have changed, coolant technology has also changed, particularly with the use of more aluminum in engines. However, there is a misconception that all coolants are interchangeable.
Watch: Tips for switching to extended life coolants in heavy-duty trucks
Extended life coolant, or ELC, can simplify a fleet manager’s life by providing a longer service interval compared to conventional coolants. Click here to catch up on all the episodes of FE’s On the Road. When transitioning from conventional coolant to an ELC, you need to be aware of the conversion practices and ensure that
Identifying and fixing heavy-duty truck filter issues
Today’s heavy-duty engines have evolved to incorporate modern technology and to adhere to emissions regulations—and that means their components have had to evolve with them. From a maintenance standpoint, one result of this is that when a problem comes up, it’s not so simple to determine the root cause. Say, for instance, you think there’s
Transitioning from IAT to OAT coolant
From wanting to upgrade to an Organic Acid Technology (OAT) ELC to acquiring a new equipment asset and not being sure what coolant it’s currently running, the reasons for switching from an Inorganic additive technology (IAT) to OAT can boil down to one point: “The primary benefit of an ELC is to simplify the life