maintenance

Running around Cali: Martin Jez’ 1988 Pete cabover

California-based owner-operator Jez realized he'd need to upgrade his emissions system in the near term -- he delayed the need by, well, buying old.

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Year of interrupted sleep: 2012 in review, Part 3

September-December 2012 on the Channel 19 blog -- one operator reaches a milestone, amid ongoing industry conversation, weird-weird trucking news and .... Happy new year, drivers!

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Hino, Cummins, Paccar top power rankings for medium-duty engines

Class 5, 6 and 7 truck engines and transmissions were rated in J.D. Power's U.S. Medium Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study of vocational application models.

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PHOTOs: Bridgestone’s retread process, tire maintenance and more

A pictorial tour through Bridgestone's La Vergne, Tenn., North American Manufacturing Education Center and retread plant.

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Reader: ‘The grass doesn’t get any greener’

Readers give kudos to the trucking company owner (other than themselves) in their lives.

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Bug-removal tip: Scotch Brite ‘Dobie’ pads

This one comes by way of owner-operator Henry Albert's blog, where he shares an anecdote about the Scotch Brite "Dobie" cleaning pads (pictured) he uses to clean bugs from his windshield -- and how he somewhat inadvertently passed the trick off to Daimler engineers at the Uvalde, Texas, proving grounds. Give it a read here. As for getting the bugs off, he writes: 1. Spray a little window cleaner on the pad itself. 2. Rub down the entire ...

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LETTER: Kudos, more maintenance please!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate everyone and everything they do at Overdrive. I can't tell you how much I enjoy getting your magazine in the mail each month. My wife has learned over the years that every time I come home to a new issue she can expect to be by herself again for the next couple of hours while I pour over each and ...

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Heat: Your tires’ No. 1 enemy

The folks at GITI Tire reminded us of this in their most recent newsletter, citing an article from the Saturday Evening Post that estimated 80 percent of tire failures were due to underinflation -- the article appeared in 1928, and "nothing has changed," the company said. It's a no-brainer, really, but how many times have you neglected to hit that inside tire in a dual pair with a needed dose of air because you were in ...

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Xantrex: 3 inverter installation tips

1. Installation best at the factory or authorized dealer aftermarket: If you're considering an aftermarket inverter installation to an older truck or mulling options on a new vehicle, take it under advisement that leading inverter manufacturer Xantrex Technology reps have formally recommended inverter installation by a truck OEM or an authorized dealer. According to Xantrex, inverter shipments have risen sharply since 2005, and the company expects sales to increase at least 40 percent in the next ...

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Cummins introduces iPhone app with 3-D engine views

The latest in the trucking-related smartphone apps world is a nifty program offering 3-D views of engine componentry and systems from the folks at Cummins. It's geared toward connecting technicians with careers with the diesel engine manufacturer, but I imagine there are plenty of you who'd get a kick out of the the app's features as well. Featuring a strong educational component geared toward students of engine and related systems technology, reps say, the app's "intelligent ...

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