John Baxter

Handle with Care

How to remove, repair, replace and rebalance your tires when they’ve been tread upon.

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How to: Aim Headlights

Properly aiming your headlamps can improve night vision and reduce the risk of blinding oncoming drivers.

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How to do a brake job yourself

Replacing brake linings is an essential DIY project for owner-operators to avoid problems with stopping their trucks and getting citations.

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Extend Oil Life

With smart operation, you can save money by providing a greater cushion against lube deterioration and engine wear.

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How to: Do a Brake Job

All the parts of the brake system wear, so replace all working parts, not just the linings.

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Drivetrain Revolution

Innovative approaches to drivetrain design promise more efficient highway cruising.

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Are fuel-injector-cleaning diesel additives worth it?; Apnea update

I'm at the FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's joint meeting with the Medical Review Board today -- watch my Twitter feed for updates from the meeting, where committee members are slated to draft guidance on regulation of the sleep apnea condition as it relates to interstate driver medical qualifications. Find prior reporting from recent-past MCSAC meetings on the subject here and here. (Click through our current, February cover image at right for Managing Editor ...

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Roadside Attractions

Red Giant makes big boast, a truck driver musician plus Gauges, Truck Gallery, Channel 19 and more industry news items.

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Freewheelin’s top 10 trucking songs after 1985

With Overdrive's September 50th anniversary issue hard on the way, and considering folks at the Great American Trucking Show got a sneak peak at the 50 top technical milestones John Baxter and oiur editorial crew put together, I thought I'd offer up a little for you. You'll recall our all-time top ten trucking songs, of course, a nice collection of tunes from the golden age. While the classics garner recognition in the all-time list, trucking music ...

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Mack in Hagerstown, Jacobs share 50 years with Overdrive

Mack Celebrates 50 years of Hagerstown powertrain assembly In a ceremony Wednesday at the plant in Hagerstown, Md., where its powertrain components have been assembled since 1961, Mack Trucks paid tribute to the past, celebrated the present and cast a positive eye to the future, just as we've been doing (well, mostly my colleague Lucinda Coulter) here at Overdrive as we celebrate our 50th anniversary over at http://www.overdriveretro.com/. In 1959, looking for a modern alternative to its existing ...

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