Watch: TPMS or ATIS – What’s better for your truck?
There are two main types of digital tire monitoring systems in the marketplace: Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, known as TPMS, and Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, known as ATIS. Deciding on one system over another isn’t as straight-forward as you might think. Both have their own set of pros and cons, to the point that some fleets even opt to use both systems at the same time.
Watch: Three tips for axle spec’ing
We all know that being aware of how well your truck’s components integrate together should be one of the first things you consider when spec’ing a new truck. But this is especially true for axles, which work closely with everything from your truck’s engine and transmission to its wheel ends and tires.
Watch: What are oil additive packages and what do they do?
An important element in meeting or exceeding the standard requirements of both CK-4 and FA-4 oils is the additive package, which is crucial to help keep your engines clean and protected from sludge, heat and acids. So, what do some of these key additives actually do?
Watch: Building a better battery
In a world where many fleet managers still site batteries as one of the top factors in downtime and increased maintenance, what can be done to fix the issue?
Watch: Choosing the right alternator
Today’s commercial diesel engines depend on the reliable flow of fuel, air and coolant to efficiently take you from Point A to Point B. However, if you bring a stray electrical current into the mix, you could be faced with wrecked internal components and sophisticated electronics systems that are put in an early grave.
Watch: Don’t let road gators take a bite out of your fleet
Keeping your fleet’s steer, drive and trailer tires properly inflated during summer months will significantly reduce the probability of your tires failing and producing road gators, which is both a safety issue and bad for your bottom line.
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.
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.
Watch: Buying used trailers
Throughout last year, the trailer market was hitting record-setting levels, and many fleets found themselves on long waiting lists for new equipment. With that being the case, and with backlogs still fairly substantial, many fleets have turned to used trailers for their equipment needs.
Watch: Wheel end fires: How to determine the cause
Wheel end fire are serious maintenance issues that can be caused by setup, maintenance, driver neglect, road debris or some combination of all of these factors.
Watch: How to extend truck tire tread life
With tires being one of a fleet’s biggest costs, it’s important to have a program in place that enables you to get the most value out of the tires you buy. Here are a couple of steps that can help you extend tire tread life.