maintenance

If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway

You’ve heard the old axiom “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Many owner-operators seem to follow that rule, but you shouldn’t get caught up in that mindset: It’s much more economical to maintain an engine and truck than it is to replace parts because of neglect.

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The six-headed maintenance monster

Wendy works at purging the truck-maintenance demons: "One of the mechanics stuck his head in the bunk, probably to see what kind of injured animal George had in there: 'Uh, Miss Wendy, can I do anything for you?'"

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I-495 Christina River bridge reopens to traffic — partially

Video, pictures and more from the southbound span of the I-495 bridge over the Christina River in Delaware, which reopened to traffic on Thursday last week a month ahead of schedule. NB remains closed.

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Special edition from ‘the preacher’ on retreads

Harvey Brodsky of the Retread Tire Association stresses the importance of tire upkeep -- and a few related resources from Overdrive.

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Got fatigue? Your crankshaft damper may be the problem

Revisiting the importance of damper replacement at long mileage intervals -- and a worst-case scenario without: crankshaft failure.

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Heat so bad you can cut it with a knife

"Sometimes, you know when it's time to go home."

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Change the oil or change engine parts — it’s up to you

When you became an owner-operator, you became responsible for maintaining your truck, and this means changing the oil. With truck ownership, you have a big decision to make: Change the oil, or replace the parts. It’s up to you.

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DPF ash cleaning retread

Trucks with DPF systems come with a warning light alerting the operator to the need for a cleaning, but many experts believe you shouldn’t wait for a warning light.... Plus: Wild non-commercial load to Cali.

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Put the brakes on inspection

"We had our first Landstar 90-120-day inspection this week. It just so happened to fall right before the big Safety Push 2014, and although it ended up being expensive, I'm really glad it happened when and where it did."

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Lawsuits allege Caterpillar concealed defects in 2007-2010 engines

Lawsuits filed against Caterpillar claim that its 2007-2010 year model ACERT C13 and C15 engines were defective and that the company concealed the information from buyers and owners.

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