Maintenance

Business, Equipment

Study: LTL Carriers Cover More Miles Between Breakdowns Than Truckload Fleets

Truck on roadside with hood up vitpho/Getty Images

Less-than-truckload carriers outpaced truckload fleets in terms of miles between roadside breakdowns, according to a recent study.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
June 26, 2020
Technology, Equipment

Fan Drive Technology Is Evolving to Meet the Needs of Modern Engines

When exhaust-gas recirculation became the technology to meet the heavy-duty truck emissions standards, underhood temperatures skyrocketed and put extreme pressure on cooling fan drives and belts. Fleets now can spec a variety of variable-­speed and electron­ically controlled fan drives.

Steve Sturgess | Special to Transport Topics
April 24, 2020
Equipment

Eliminating the Fear Factor

Eliminating the Fear Factor

Choosing the right fleet maintenance provider for your national program can be a daunting task. Amerit’s CEO, Dan Williams, shares 5 essential tips for eliminating the risk and ensuring your success in choosing the right single source provider for your fleet.

September 2, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards Tackle Latest Challenges

Jack Poster, manager of VMRS Services at TMC Jack Poster by Rachel Akpotu (Technology & Maintenance Council)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards emerged nearly 50 years ago and are used by many different organizations across the trucking industry, but there are aspects of them that deserve more attention, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 27, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Must Choose Tire Inflation, Monitoring Systems That Work Best for Their Operations, Industry Representatives Say

Hendrickson tire inflator A view of the Hendrickson tire inflator at the 2017 North American Vehicle Show in Atlanta on Sept. 26, 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Blown-out, flat or damaged tires are considered by fleets to be at least a leading cause of roadside maintenance calls for commercial trucks, while underinflated tires are the single-biggest source of tire issues in general.

June 24, 2019
Technology

Telematics and Its Impact on Fleet Maintenance

Telematics and Its Impact on Fleet Maintenance

Of all the costs associated with vehicle ownership, maintenance is probably the highest. The latest MiX Telematics white paper explains how to drastically reduce these maintenance costs by simply utilizing the reporting and automating capabilities of a full-featured telematics solution.

March 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Comments on Vehicle Maintenance Practices

A technician checks diagnostics on a tractor's engine A technician checks diagnostics on a tractor's engine. (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Federal trucking regulators have issued a request for comments on the role that vehicle maintenance plays in motor carrier safety. The responses will be included in research that will use online surveys to obtain data to address the study’s objectives.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tinkering Toward Improved Truck Safety Technology

Advances in technology are happening everyday and trucking is staying on top of the developments, Fran Matso Lysiak writes.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Rigorous Maintenance Essential to Avoiding Brake Problems

Truck brake inspection A Maryland officer inspects a truck's brakes. Air leaks often are difficult to trace but can lead to costly out-of-service violations. (TT File Photo)

Preventive maintenance on the pneumatic system of brakes is essential to keeping Class 8 trucks on the road.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
September 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

All-Electric Trucks Present Training Challenges

All-electric Class 8 tractors can present new challenges for maintenance shops, including the training of technicians, but fleets said they expect overall maintenance requirements to decrease.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
May 11, 2018

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