Nov. 13, 2006

Rick Sousa of Portsmouth, R.I.,
hauls sand and gravel in summer
and road salt in winter in this
2004 Pete 379 extended hood.

TODAY’S TIP: Save every receipt, no matter how small. Why “tip” the taxman? Place an envelope in your truck for collecting your receipts and send them at the end of each month to your business services provider, who can then create a monthly profit and loss statement as well as accurate quarterly tax estimates. Your financial services provider will tell you if an item is not tax-deductible.

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American Truck Business Services, Castrol and Freightliner Trucks

NOV. 11: NORTHWEST CHAPTER “MINI” ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW, hosted by the American Truck Historical Society, Brown Line Inc., Mount Vernon, Wash., (360) 866-7716 or [email protected]
NOV. 17-19: MECA SOUTH FLORIDA TRUCK SHOW, Meca Chrome, Miami, (305) 884-2028 or
MARCH 22-24: MID-AMERICA TRUCKING SHOW, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky.,
AUG. 23-25, 2007: GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW, Dallas Convention Center, (888) 349-4287 or

I am currently running a 3406 E CAT. In approx 10,000 miles I will have 1,000,000 miles on this engine. I change oil every 15000 miles and would like to know if I should shorten the interval between changes?

Closing in on a million miles! Congratulations. Sounds like you’re doing an excellent job putting it all together – good maintenance practices, good engine, engine oil analysis, good driving habits, and ROTELLA T.

Your 15,000 mile change interval should be okay. You may consider shortening the drain interval somewhat if:

1)You idle your engine for extended periods or,

2)Your oil analysis indicates the need for a change.

As long as your oil analysis indicates the viscosity stays in grade, TBN remains several numbers above three, contaminants aren’t present, and wear metals are acceptable, then you’re in great shape to continue your 15,000 mile drains.

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Don’t miss our November 2006 issue. Featured stories that can help you improve your business and your life include:

Partner Insights
Information to advance your business from industry suppliers
The ALL NEW Rand Tablet
Presented by Rand McNally

Where do owner-operators make the big bucks? See why average owner-operator net income leads the pack at three carriers.

The best new oils. Today’s premium oils make up for their expense by cutting maintenance, repair and overhaul costs.


Carrying your medical data. Keeping your medical history easy to find in an emergency could save your life, and there are both low-tech and high-tech ways to do so.

Danny Herman Trucking, Inc.
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