Maintenance en Cold Weather Battery Maintenance is Important for Uptime <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>During the harsh winter months in the United States and Canada, proper truck battery maintenance is consistently a top-of-mind item for me. I think about it when I start my car in the 16 degree eastern Pennsylvania mornings. It creeps into my thoughts in the middle of the day when I&rsquo;m reviewing reports.</p> <p>For my second column, I wanted to share with you some best practices that our experts employ. It&rsquo;s best to spot potential battery problems as part of a PM (preventive maintenance), as opposed to during a road breakdown.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:29:00 +0000 210041 at Papé Kenworth ‘drives uptime’ with Kenworth TruckTech+ <div class="field-deck"> Kenworth TruckTech+ developed with Decisiv, company notes </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Pap&eacute; <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="" target="_blank">Kenworth</a></span> announced it is driving customer uptime by speeding service and repairs and increasing efficiency with Kenworth TruckTech+ Service Management at its 13 dealerships in Central California, Oregon and Washington.</p> <p>Headquartered in Eugene, OR, Pap&eacute; Kenworth provides new and used <a href="" target="_blank">Kenworth trucks</a>, lease and rental trucks, and parts and service.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:35:00 +0000 209611 at Allison Transmission transitions to yearly subscription service <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a>Allison Transmission</a> announced it has transitioned its software offering to a yearly subscription service by releasing Allison DOC Premium V2017.1.0.</p> <p>Allison DOC is a diagnostic tool that allows technicians to monitor and review all the control systems that are critical to the operation of Allison transmissions, the company noted. The software is available for purchase through <a href="">Noregon</a> or through the <a href="" target="_blank">Allison Web Store</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Powertrain Maintenance News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:17:00 +0000 209591 at Old Man Winter and eight more reasons to consider TPMS in your trucks <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Winter is a perfect time to think about a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) for your trucks—that c-c-cold isn't very conducive to d-d-drivers wanting to check tire pressures. And here are eight more reasons to consider a TPMS now.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Safety Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:56:00 +0000 209461 at <p>Winter can make manually checking truck tires a real nuisance, and a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, can offer relief and additionally benefit fleets in a number of ways, according to three manufacturers.</p> Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner Hiring: The interview process <div class="field-deck"> Before you start interviewing, it is important to have a process in place. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Once you&rsquo;ve completed phone screening job applicants, you may think it&rsquo;s time to dive right into the face-to-face interview. Not so fast. Before you start interviewing, it is important to have a process in place.</p> <p>The hiring process has changed from the days when the interviewer had all the power. Those days are gone and top candidates now have choices about where they want to work. Job applicants will be checking out your website and social media presence to find out about both your brand and your reputation.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Fleet Management News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:32:00 +0000 209291 at What makes for a top truck technician <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Fleets and trucking companies today compete just as much for good technicians as they do in the constant search for drivers. Fleet Owner spoke with some of the best techs around for insight on what makes them tick: why'd they become a truck technician, what's good, what isn't?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Fleet Management News Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:15:00 +0000 208821 at <p>If you&#39;ve <a href="" target="_blank">made it to this room</a>, it&#39;s safe to say you&#39;re a very skilled truck tech. The winners of the 2016 Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo pose together with company CEO W.M. Rusty Rush and winning NASCAR driver Tony Stewart (at left and right-center in front row, respectively) Dec. 13, 2016, in San Antonio.</p> Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner Youngblood joins Michelin Commercial Service Network <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Michelin Americas Truck Tires announced <a href="" target="_blank">Youngblood Automotive &amp; Tire</a> has joined the Michelin Commercial Service Network (MCSN), expanding the MCSN coverage in Texas. With 22 service trucks and&nbsp; 30 TIA-certified service specialists, Youngblood will offer a complete range of services, including repairs, inspection and alignments, and 24/7/365 emergency road service (ERS), the company noted.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:37:00 +0000 208761 at Hutchens Industries debuts new website <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Hutchens Industries, Inc. of Springfield, MO, announced the <a href="" target="_blank">launch of their new website</a>, The new website is a complete redesign from the old, and will possess features that allow customers the opportunity to view product information, the company noted.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:14:00 +0000 208521 at Great Dane tech training program receives ASE accreditation <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Great Dane has received <a href="" target="_blank">accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence</a> (ASE) for its service technician training program.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the first time a semi-trailer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) has received ASE accreditation for a technician training program,&rdquo; according to Great Dane. The ASE accreditation is through the ASE Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) program.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:11:00 +0000 208321 at Cold weather and truck air systems <div class="field-deck"> Bendix test fleet data helps generate tips for air system management in cold weather conditions. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Fleets are quite familiar with the challenges <a href="">winter weather poses to truck operations</a>, for not only do <a href="">snow and ice</a> make highways hazardous to navigate, the chemicals used to help remove them from the roadway can <a href="">cause corrosion</a> to take root on trucks and trailers as well.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:46:00 +0000 208121 at <p>Keeping both a truck and trailer&#39;s air suystem &quot;moisture free&quot; in winter is critical, says Bendix. (<em>Photo courtesy of VDOT</em>)</p>