maintenance

Infrastructure fixes running out of gas

We can’t expect tomorrow’s dwindling fossil-fuel-powered vehicles to adequately fund already under-funded highways while the e-powered elite rides free.

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How do you prevent cracks in your convex mirrors?

Cold-weather issues, take one. Enquiring minds among readers want to know: "I have had my convex mirrors crack in the wintertime more than once and was wondering if I am the only one and what people have found to stop it."

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Pilot Flying J looks to add more stores, expand parking availability notices in 2018

Pilot Flying J intends to open 20 new locations this year and continue renovating existing stores. The company is also looking to expand its parking availability notification system, which it began testing last year on the West Coast.

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Business base: Mechanical experience before buying the truck

While knowledge of the working systems of the truck is required of an CDL driver, there’s no replacement for maintenance experience when it comes to hands-on know-how to save on repairs by doing them yourself, or knowing when not to.

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Hacking trucks: Cybersecurity and the ELD mandate

With hundreds of thousands of big rigs about to tack on internet-connected ELDs, some people see a major security threat.

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Partners in Business tip: Log maintenance records

Only with complete records can you track the work done on your truck and, when necessary, prove that required maintenance has been done.

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POLL: What was your level of mechanical experience when you started as an owner-op?

Owner-operators, when you launched your business, what level of mechanical knowledge and/or experience did you have -- whether the required basic knowledge or more in-depth professional experience or education?

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Love’s adding oil change services to Truck Tire Care locations, expanding diesel tech training

The company now offers diesel oil changes at more than 130 of its 270-plus Love's Truck Tire Care locations and is continuing to add the service to other locations.

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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Don’t ‘drive through the lights’ — and other aftertreatment system PM refreshers, tips

Daniel Mustafa, Assistant Manager of Technical Development for TravelCenters of America, says he still sees otherwise upstanding, wonderful people doing the kinds of things with their trucks that can turn a less-than-$1,000 major nuisance repair into a soul-crushing $11,000 one. When it comes to the aftertreatment systems on trucks with engines of 2007 and later emissions specs, price tags for poorly maintained units mount quickly given failure-related issues that happen down the line. In the particular ...

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