maintenance

Volvo, Mack looking to minimize downtime with Certified Uptime Centers

Volvo and Mack both announced recently they will begin introducing Certified Uptime Centers within their respective dealer networks in 2016 in an effort to maximize uptime.

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Goodyear roadside service program sets new monthly record

Goodyear-Fleet HQ 24/7 Emergency Roadside Services set a new monthly record in August, servicing 15,375 trucks in the month.

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‘Right to repair’ battle won by truck owners, independent shops

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed on access to heavy-duty service information for model year 2010 and later trucks and buses over 10,000 pounds sold in the United States and Canada.

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Peterbilt SmartLINQ diagnostics system enters production

The system comes standard with all Peterbilt trucks equipped with a Paccar MX-13 engine.

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Kenworth TruckTech+ enters production

Every new Kenworth Class 8 truck equipped with a Paccar MX-13 engine now comes with a complimentary subscription to TruckTech+ as long as the truck is under the 2-year standard warranty.

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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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Lighting plug and socket PM tips

The Phillips company's latest Qwik Tech Tips newsletter details plug and socket preventive maintenance steps in trademark quick-and-simple format.

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Why every owner-operator needs a maintenance account

Most owner-operators don’t have a maintenance account. But they should. Even 10 cents a mile could help save keep you afloat when repairs are needed. Here are some numbers to back up the importance of having a maintenance account.

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Liner protrusion and why it’s critical

Liner protrusion refers to how far the cylinder liner protrudes above the spacer plate on the top of the block. If the liner does not protrude enough, the head gasket can, and will, fail.

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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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