February 28, 2016 5:30 PM, EST

Kenworth Expands Availability of TruckTech+, Engine Auto Start and Stop System

Skoog by John Sommers II for Transport Topics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kenworth Truck Co. made a series of announcements here, including the expansion of TruckTech+ to new Class 8 trucks with Paccar MX-11 engines.

The remote diagnostics system is in operation in more than 10,000 new trucks equipped with Paccar MX-13 engines.

The company made the announcement here Feb. 28 at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting.

“Since Kenworth TruckTech+ describes the issue, based on fault codes, it’s a game-changer when it comes to keeping trucks on the road,” said Jason Skoog, Kenworth’s assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “Minor issues can be addressed on the road or back at the home terminal, while larger issues can be diagnosed and fixed at the nearest Kenworth dealership.”

The truck maker also announced it has expanded its engine auto start and stop monitoring system.

The company said besides detecting when batteries get to a critical level, it can now detect when engine oil temperature dips to a point where it could cause fuel gelling.

“This is a great feature, especially for those running in climates where fuel gelling may be an issue,” Skoog said. “This will help ensure trucks are ready to roll regardless of winter conditions.”

Among the company’s other announcements at TMC: 

• Kenworth will offers a new clear back-of-cab diesel exhaust fluid tank configuration option for the T880 and T680 models. Kenworth said the option is designed to maximize fuel capacity by removing the DEF tank from the frame rail and mounting it above the fuel tank and under the cab. 

• The new 40-inch sleeper for the T880 and T680 will enter production next week.

• The Kenworth Aero Advantage Fairing is available for order with the T680 Advantage and the 76-inch high- and mid-roof sleepers.