Severe Service

Overdrive Staff | April 01, 2012

Post-warranty engines can make use of Lubegard’s Engine Protectant, Gear Protectant and Power Transfer Protectant. All use LXE technology to join negative polarity and positive polarity to create a bond that offers lubrication and anti-wear protection under pressure.




Air and fluid leak detection

The TP-8697HD kit from Tracer Products includes the OPTIMAX3000 super-high-intensity blue-LED leak detection flashlight with an inspection range of up to 20 feet. EZ-Ject A/C dye injector with hose and couplers, two EZ-Ject universal A/C dye cartridges with co-solvent-free Fluoro-Lite dye, an 8-ounce bottle of Dye-Lite All-In-One concentrated oil dye, an 8-ounce bottle of Dye-Lite coolant dye and fluorescence-enhancing glasses complete the package. Tracer Products,



Disc brake axle

Ridewell’s new 5-inch-diameter disc brake axle is available with Wabco PAN 22 air disc brakes. The axle has a parallel spindle, a hub-piloted 11.25-inch diameter bolt circle and long stud for aluminum wheels. It has an axle beam rating of 23,000 pounds with the 0.59-inch wall and 25,000 pounds with the 0.75-inch wall. Ridewell,



Wireless weight

The Smart Scale system features a wireless handheld receiver to maximize payloads and avoid overweight tickets in field loading applications. The system allows a driver to monitor loading from the cab, loading station or a safe distance from the truck. The system is available for both air-ride and mechanical suspensions. TruckWeight,



Excavators use dump doubles rig to fight MS

Second-generation Champagne & Marx Excavating President David Marx of Saginaw, Mich., approaches the fight against multiple sclerosis personally. His daughter, Christine Davis, a company vice president, deals daily with the condition, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and comes in various forms and severities. Symptoms can range from difficulty speaking to loss of movement.

The company recently outfitted the 2012 Kenworth T800 daycab and double dump trailers pictured with a special graphics package that reflects the company’s commitment to MS research. “Join the Movement” is splashed on one trailer, the MS logo and “” (the address of a Michigan MS info and donation site) on the other.

“We’ve had nothing but wonderful comments about our MS truck and it has driven awareness and donations,” says Davis, whose drivers line up to drive the special T800. “But our choice was easy,” she says. “Tom Lavrack, who has been with us since 1986… [has] always been behind our MS efforts and always seems to be first to donate to the cause. When we told him we’d like him to drive the MS truck, he asked if he could take it home with him. He wanted to get it all polished up. He’s as proud of the truck as we are.”

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