truck maintenance

How to prep your truck for Old Man Winter

Nothing tests a truck’s readiness for climate change like a hard, frigid blast of arctic air. That’s why winter preparation is an annual event for owner-operators. Basic preparation can pay big dividends by avoiding unnecessary downtime.

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A few new sources for trucking discounts

A few new websites that enable dealers and fleets to mark down prices on parts and labor.

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Used parts gaining traction with owner-operators

Used and refurbished parts are catching on as a maintenance alternative for owner-operators due in large part to harsh economic conditions.

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Don’t overlook cost of a truck wash

If you wash your truck at home, you can claim the cost of household water and detergent for washing the truck as a business expense at tax time.

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PHOTO: Montana Peterbilt breaks new ground

And just who is that guy standing next to the Pete? The new facility is set to open in May 2013.

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Attention to detail

Texas trucker’s focus on maintenance keeps him on the path of success.

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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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CRST breaks ground on $13 million driver training facility

CRST International started work in Jurupa Valley, Calif., on an 18.7-acre driver training and truck maintenance facility in the Agua Industrial Park near the I-10 and I-15 freeways. The $13 million facility will be three times the size of the current CRST facility in Fontana, Calif., and will add 30 new jobs to the area, the company says. The campus will feature 16 state-of-the-art truck and trailer maintenance bays, with capacity to ...

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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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CSA Proof Your Rig

Pack the right parts and inspect your truck diligently to avoid time-consuming, costly inspections.

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