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POLL: What’s your truck’s oil-change interval?

Whether your oil-change interval varies based on oil analysis results or not, what's your most common interval for change?

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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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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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How-to: Identify quality air coils

A quality air coil will exhibit good “strength, durability, flexibility, memory recoil and performance in hot and cold temperatures,” say the writers behind parts manufacturer Phillips Industries’ Qwik Tech Tips monthly newsletter. A chief consideration is the material the air line is made of. The company says a shortage of castor beans in 2002-03, the chief component in natural Nylon 11 (Polyamide 11), led to more prominence in air coils made of synthetic Nylon 12 (Polyamide ...

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Do it yourself: Tractor maintenance

The first volume of tractor maintenance topics, compiled by the editors of Overdrive and Truckers News, covers 12 tasks that help optimize equipment life.

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Popular Mechanics seeks ‘Worst Road’ nominations

Make your voice heard! No, I'm not talking about the proposed mandate of electronic onboard recorders for hours of service compliance (for more about that: comments are open through May 23). Popular Mechanics editors are seeking out the "worst road in the USA," they say at the magazine's website. Who better to nominate it than the truckers of the USA? We well know -- Overdrive's own Highway Report Card survey for more than a decade ...

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Oil analysis program

Shell’s LubeAnalyst oil analysis program helps assess whether fluids and equipment are performing as intended and determine appropriate lubricant change intervals.

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