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Misaligned tires increase vehicle rolling resistance and waste fuel -- that's on top of chewing up tires. Photo by Jim Park

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Align the Truck Before the Need Arises

Your tires will tell you if your vehicle is running straight and true. Don't wait 'till it's too late.

Inflation pressure should be checked with a reliable gauge at least weekly, and every time a trailer comes out of a drop yard. Photo from Michelin.

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Keep up the Pressure

Under-inflation is the leading cause of blowouts while contributing to poor fuel economy and premature wear. This is the second in a special five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Stay on top of tire inflation and most of your roadside failures will disappear. Photo from Goodyear.

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Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

National Tire Safety Week is more for consumers and passenger car drivers, but given tires' third-place ranking in trucking fleets' operating costs, we figured a few timely reminders wouldn't hurt. This is part one in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Wide-base single tires could start showing up on vocational trucks such as refuse haulers under GHG Phase 2. EPA likes the fuel efficiency, while operators like the weight savings. Photos: Jim Park

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What's Ahead for Wide-Base Single Tires?

Could the next round of greenhouse gas reduction rules push more fleets over to wide-base single tires? It seems likely, given not only their relatively low rolling resistance but weight savings as well.

Photo courtesy of Elliott Equipment Company

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Why Aerial Work Platform Inspections Matter

Although tedious, aerial work platform inspections can keep businesses compliant, equipment in service, maintenance costs in check, and workers safe on the job.

Stability control and collision mitigation systems depend on a fully functioning brake system set to OEM specs. Photo: Meritor Wabco

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Are Your Brakes up to Snuff?

With all the advantages provided by today’s advanced safety systems, what a shame it would be if they couldn’t live up to their potential because of poorly maintained foundation brakes or inadequate friction material.

Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) aftertreatment systems can drive up capital costs as well as maintenance costs. (Photo: iStockPhoto.com)

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Aftertreatment System: A New System Not to be Overlooked

Many fleet operators may not realize that aftertreatment systems are often vulnerable to compromise and failure due to seemingly minor and unrelated causes that have been largely ignored in routine maintenance practices.

(Photo: iStockphoto.com)

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Know Your Fluids: Coolants and DEF

Fluids are critical for fleet health — are you current on your fluid knowledge? In part two of this three-part series, how to make the right choices about and maintain coolant and fluid options are shared.

Why is so little emphasis placed on tire preventive maintenance? Is it because, in the words of a popular advertising campaign, “Tires Ain’t Pretty”? (Photo: iStockphoto.com)

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Tire PMs: Low-Tech Solutions for Cost Control

This six-part series covers essential processes needed for effective preventive maintenance. Despite so many high-tech options on the market, fleets must remember tried-and-true methods for an effective tire program. 

Using a voltmeter ormultimeter (pictured) isnecessary for checkinga battery’s charge. (Photo: iStockphoto.com)

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Electrical Systems: Proactive Measures for Protection

In part two of this six-part series, tips for maintaining electrical systems are shared, including helpful tools and best practices for battery maintenance and replacement.

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USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Is Your Oil Filter Short Changing Your Engine's Protection?
Fleets have a choice when it comes to oil filter technology. Conventional filters are less expensive, but have several fundamental flaws, while reusable filters use better methods and materials to ensure that oil lubricates the engine effectively and efficiently and, potentially, reduce long-term cost.
How Auto Parts Can Be A Fleet's Next Cost Savings Center
Fleets are under ever-increasing pressure to cut costs. A fleet parts provider can help turn maintenance from an expense to a cost savings center by saving fleets up to 35% and sometimes more on OEM parts.
Automating Common or Tedious Fleet Management Tasks
Automating common or tedious fleet management tasks is the next best thing to being on call 24/7. It doesn’t take you out of the equation. Rather, automating helps you cut costs without error and oversights… without having to make every call.
The Impact of Mobile on Fleet
Five ways you should be using mobile technology to improve your fleet.
The Process of Turning Maintenance Data Into Actionable Information
Maintenance providers can help fleets gather crucial maintenance data and integrate it into the entire data stream to create intelligence that will improve operations.
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