Maintenance Archives - Fleet Equipment Magazine
The importance of proper maintenance for your fleet’s older trucks

We cover the most common fault codes outside of the engine for trucks that are 5-plus years old. 

Unplanned truck maintenance trends skew toward the surprising

Are you dealing with service issues that you haven’t typically seen before? You’re not alone.

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How to prioritize diesel engine fault codes

Knowing how to respond can help you keep your heavy-duty diesel engines in the best shape possible.

Three ways small fleets can reduce their costs on the road

Managing a small fleet often means worrying about and managing the safety of several drivers while also managing costs during historic inflation. However, safety shouldn’t take a back seat to costs. According to The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road-related deaths are on the rise in the U.S. In fact, federal

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Optimizing back-of-cab connections for ROI opportunity

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times:  There is no one size fits all solution or silver bullet to components used within the industry. Every segment, every application, every fleet, every truck, may need to do things a bit differently.  This goes for truck and trailer adapters and cables as well.

Success by the truckload: Truck technician training tips 

There’s a shortage in just about every aspect of every industry. Driver shortages, supply shortages, technician shortages, parts shortages – they are all plaguing fleet operations and slowing down the entire expediting process. The only thing the commercial industry isn’t short on is, well, shortages.  It’s extremely inconvenient, to put it nicely, but in every

How M&A activity can benefit fleet uptime

You don’t always think about how mergers and acquisitions can be a boon for uptime, but M&A presents opportunities to improve products and services and can drive beneficial efficiencies throughout the supply chain. Gaining new territory is about more than growing a company’s footprint and meeting new customers; existing customers who do business in the

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Dealing with medium-duty truck diagnostic differences

If both medium- and heavy-duty trucks roll into your bays on the regular, you’ve probably seen a difference in the way data is collected. Switching between different scan tools and service information can lead to a breakdown in communication. It takes the right type of equipment to get the information and data points you need

How heavy-duty parts distributors are keeping up with fleet eCommerce needs

eCommerce is deceptively difficult to get right. Having the right truck parts in the right locations at the right time is already a complicated waltz–making those parts easy to find at a click of a button is another story. Every year, more fleets are flocking to the web to get the parts they need, but

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The tools to properly diagnose truck service needs to avoid a nightmare

This Halloween, we thought we would share a tale fitting for the holiday—The Nightmare of Elm’s Fleet. Elm was a typical fleet owner. He strived for efficiency and considerable profit margins. When trucks rolled into his bays, he and his team of technicians serviced them so they were ready to roll in no time. But

The value of truck parts availability, visibility

So where is the part?! Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself yelling that at some point this year. Supply chain challenges have hit every segment of the trucking industry, and the impact on service turn times might be one of the most frustrating. A lot of that frustration is born from the lack of

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The unintended ADAS consequences of seemingly unrelated truck repairs

A truck rolls into a service shop and needs a radiator replaced. The technician dutifully does the job, moving components out of the way, replacing the radiator and putting everything back into place. The truck rolls out, but when the truck rolls under certain overpasses, a shuddering of the active brake assist systems runs through

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