Brooke Wisdom

How To: Maintain Suspension

Do regular inspections of suspension for a smooth ride.

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Big Rig Basics

Getting Your Power Back If your engine won’t run and your lights won’t turn on, it may be time to replace your alternator Replacing an alternator is a simple job, but diagnosing electrical problems is complex. Don’t replace an alternator until you’ve had it tested and know it’s bad. Most trucks today use a pad-mount alternator, like the one shown, for more rigid mounting. Consult your truck’s technical manual or the supplier of the unit for information on ...

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Fast Forward

FMCSA, after requiring onboard recorders for violation-prone carriers, now seeks a mandate for all OTR operations.

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New Products

A no-idle AC system, a live floor system, a draining tool and a long-haul tire are among the products featured.

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Intermodal Muddle

New regs fall short of getting roadworthy chassis for container haulers.

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Editor's Journal

We feel EOBRs are only as good as the rule they support, and the proposed hours rule has too many problems that hamper the flexibility trucking needs.

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Views from the Grandstand

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is a perfect microcosm of the United States and the world.

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Trucker of the Year 2011

When the housing market collapsed, Dan Heister learned how quickly flatbed could go sour — and what it would take to keep his head above water.

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Spec the Perfect Tires

With products becoming increasingly specialized, learn to pick the designs that fit your business and save money.

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SpeakOut

Yesteryears’ truck stops served professionals As a driver who started in 1964 and is still going strong in my 1996 Freightliner cabover, I remember well the Hungry Truck Café in Livermore, Calif., described in the December story “Home on the Road.” I had my share of 15-inch pancakes there. The 76 Union Truck Stops in the late 1960s and early ’70s were also great places. In those early years before they started self-serve protocol, when you rolled ...

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