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How to avoid unexpected ‘no crank’ events

Our thoughts are focused on the journey for the day. Schedules need to be kept. The details of the route are worked out. Truck fluid levels are all good to go. Turn the key, press the Start button, and expect the engine to spin to life with a throaty rumble, ready to take on the

Three preventative maintenance tips to keep your trucks rolling

Any mechanic who works in fleet maintenance will tell you that preventative maintenance will save you time and money. Managers who run a well-maintained fleet have trucks that break down less and save fuel. However, many fleet managers still come up short when it comes to fleet maintenance. As a mobile mechanic, I have worked

Truck Preventative Maintenance Tips
Recruit, retain technicians using truck service technology

The heavy-duty service shop is where preventative maintenance keeps your trucks performing at peak capacity and is the battleground against unplanned maintenance. Of course, the technician shortage complicates matters. When it comes to technician recruitment, your best bet for getting the best technicians into your shop is through relationship building with your local diesel and

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Putting the brakes on poor service practices before the weather does it for you

How you service your trucks’ brakes now will determine how well they perform when the weather turns frigid. Consider this: Every year here at Fleet Equipment, the most-read story in January and February is about frozen air brake lines. Every year. That’s not a surprise to Jake Schell, associate product manager for Mitchell 1’s Commercial

Mitchell 1 Truck Brake Winter Weather Service
Hidden pearls of mechanic wisdom

Virtually every technician in the vehicle service industry with more than a few years of experience knows the mechanic proverbs passed from one generation to the next. These proverbs are basic wisdom in a simple, yet memorable form that help the technician in performing maintenance and repairs. It really is okay to admit that the

DTNA announces annual Technician Skills Competition winners

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently hosted its annual Technician Skills Competition, which tests the abilities of technicians from Freightliner and Western Star dealerships and Detroit distributors in the U.S. and Canada to diagnose and repair a variety of DTNA’s vehicle and engine products. Out of the 1073 participants who entered this year’s virtual competition

Setting truck maintenance labor costs expectations

“Great! How much is that going to cost me?” You’ve thought it, you’ve probably even said it, and while dealing with truck maintenance costs isn’t fun, it’s just a fact of fleet life. Running on the open road means dealing with the unpredictable. If you’re running a heavy-duty repair shop, you need to make fleet

Navigating a technician shortage with recruitment, retention

Due to the industry facing a shortage of qualified technicians, employers such as fleets, dealerships, and service centers face immense pressure to recruit technicians that can efficiently maintain and repair their vehicles. Fortunately, programs across the country are training the next generation of technicians with the skills to work on the modern commercial truck. These

Peterbilt Technician Institute graduates 75th class

The Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) program recently celebrated the graduation ceremony of its 75th class of students. The 11 newly-certified diesel technicians join a growing list of PTI graduates currently in the workplace at Peterbilt service locations across North America. All PTI students complete a comprehensive 12-week training program led by dedicated Peterbilt instructors with

Improving your truck shop operations when you need it most

There’s no time for downtime. In your truck service shops, you’re balancing social distancing, perhaps altered truck maintenance and technician schedules, while maintaining the highest degree of safety and service efficiency. For ideas on how to support everything that depends on your maintenance process, how to stay on top of emerging fault code trends and

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The importance of hearing protection in your shop

The sound of birds on a spring morning, crickets chirping in the otherwise still night, a child saying “I love you”—all are precious sounds that we perhaps take for granted. That is, of course, until they are gone from our world due to hearing loss.  A truck repair shop is obviously a noisy environment with