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How service keeps rolling through the changes

While many of our country’s businesses either shut down or saw business slow significantly this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one area of the economy that has had to stay resilient is truck service. To borrow from the famous motto of the United States Postal Service, neither rain nor snow nor pandemic can keep

Podcast: Daimler Trucks North America on keeping up with service during a critical time

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, trucking has, of course, been designated an essential service, and naturally truck maintenance followed suit. Today’s guest is Kevin Bangston, general manager of distribution network development for Daimler Trucks North America, who talked about how DTNA’s service network is providing for its customers, as well as some of

Tips for testing electrical systems

Trucks’ electrical systems grow more complex with each passing year. In the past, before the advent of the onboard computer systems, circuits were more likely to keep functioning with corroded terminals, wire insulation hardened and splitting, improperly spliced wires and any number of other issues. With today’s sophisticated electrical systems, proper testing practices and repair

When it comes to maintenance, don’t forget about technology

When it comes to maintenance, technology such as tablets and cameras can sometimes be seen as less important compared to some of the more visible components of the truck. After all, it’s easier to see when there’s an engine problem than when there’s something wrong with a device, and usually more pressing to fix it.

Keep those bays open: Managing bay availability and avoiding a truck service backlog

Picture this: A fault code is triggered in a truck less than a mile away from your shop. It’s serious. It needs to be fixed right away. The driver locates your shop as the closest, makes a call, and is told to come right over.  The driver arrives only to find that no bays are

Commercial Tire Services, Goodyear align to serve Greater Chicago fleets

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has added Commercial Tire Services to its aligned service network, giving the company eight additional locations for truck service in the Midwest. Commercial Tire Services has also converted a facility in Melrose Park, Ill., to a Goodyear authorized retread plant.

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Eight common parts inventory headaches, and how to avoid them

It’s already enough of a headache to have to send a truck in for maintenance—pulling a truck from its route for an extended period of time is, of course, not a good recipe for making money with that asset. But if the shop doesn’t have the right part when the truck gets there? That headache

Parts inventory tips for your shop

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your fleet shop’s parts inventory system.

How dealership programs can improve truck service

Dealers are well aware of fleets’ need for efficient service, and many of them make use of programs that prioritize this.

VMAC shares 5-in-1 Multifunction Power System concept

VMAC shared its latest prototype concept of a gas engine-driven 5-in-1 Multifunction Power System, powered by Honda, at this year’s The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The company says it plans to release the 5-in-1 system later this year. The new VMAC Multifunction Power System includes five components: a rotary screw air compressor, generator, welder,

Decisiv and TICO launch TICO Edge

Decisiv, Inc. and TICO have introduced the TICO Edge system, a cloud-based platform that allows the manufacturer’s dealer network, customers and the TICO Uptime Center to communicate and collaborate with real-time visibility into individual repair events. TICO Edge breaks the chain of inefficiencies when a terminal tractor goes down in an outdated service process and

When the truck service problem is that you don’t know what the problem is

“There’s something wrong with this truck.” That’s the driver’s complaint, but the real problem is that there’s nothing wrong with the truck, according to the diagnostics. No fault codes, no dash lights, nothing. The driver can describe the symptoms, but now your tech has to hunt for the cause of the problem before she can