Equipment

Lightweight Meritor steer axle now standard on Class 8 Kenworths

The axle is available in standard and wide track configurations with a gross axle weight rating of 12,000 and 13,200 pounds, respectively.

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Commercial tire prices set to increase in 2017

Tire manufacturers Yokohama, Bridgestone and Michelin have announced they will be increasing tire prices by 7-8 percent in 2017.

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Trump’s halt on regulations the ‘death knell’ for truck speed limiter rule

Trump's regulatory reluctance -- and a recent memo to federal agencies ordering them to halt new regulations -- could be the end of the U.S. DOT's quest to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks.

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Volvo nixes plans to cut workers at truck plant due to better Class 8 outlook

Volvo Trucks has cancelled plans to layoff up to 500 workers at its Virginia-based truck manufacturing plant. Volvo spokesperson Brandon Borgna says the company has been “encouraged” by recent trends in the Class 8 market.

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Building the gremlin wall

"Engine trouble is straightforward with our Detroit. It's the dang electrical gremlins that baffle and make us crazy. Those and the black hole that sucks socks and lighters into it.... Sometimes, it's hard to build walls. Even for gremlins."

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Foiling the truck-hackers, ELD edition: Vigilance needed from all quarters of the industry

Might the future bring malicious programming attacks on the electronic systems controlling vehicles? Cybersecurity researchers have shown it's possible, but no actual hack has been documented. One operator's story of ELD/ECM malfunction, however, raises question the industry needs to continue to ask.

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Partners in Business tip: Analyze your oil

Getting an engine oil analysis is a great way to determine engine wear problems before they cause too much damage.

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Mack drops Titan, 16L engine

Mack Trucks confirmed this week that its Titan tractor and its MP10 16-liter engine have been discontinued, effective immediately. The news follows confirmation by Volvo this week that it has halted production of hits heavy haul-focused VNX tractor and has discontinued its 16-liter D16 engine.

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