Knowledge Base

Useful information and best practices pertaining to heavy duty preventive maintenance.

Steering Wheel – Free Play

It is vital to incorporate steering wheel play into any regular truck inspection. Testing steering wheel play can alert drivers and maintenance personnel to issues before they become a major problem. Part 339 of the FMCSA’s “Minimum Periodic Inspection Standards” defines the maximum amount of steering wheel play allowable for given steering wheel sizes. Steering [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Knowledge Base|Comments Off on Steering Wheel – Free Play

Top 15 Out-of-Service CSA Violations

Of all the maintenance related CSA violations that you could encounter in a roadside inspection, there are some that are more likely to result in an OOS (Out-of-Service) designation than others. Out-of-Service violations carry an extra 2 point penalty that is applied to the Violation Severity Weight of each violation. Understanding what violations are most [...]

By | February 6th, 2017|Knowledge Base|Comments Off on Top 15 Out-of-Service CSA Violations

Maintaining Fuel Integrity

In a perfect world, there would be no need for fuel filtration. Clean diesel fuel would leave the refinery and remain contaminant free all the way to the engine’s combustion chamber. It would not pick up sediments as it travels through pipelines. It would not be exposed to dust and debris during transfer. Condensation would [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Knowledge Base|Comments Off on Maintaining Fuel Integrity

Addressing the Diesel Technician Shortage

If you manage the maintenance of a large fleet, then you’ve likely seen the myriad of statistics out there pointing to an impending personnel shortage. If you are responsible for recruiting, training, and retaining quality technicians, you’ve likely felt it first-hand. There is a “perfect storm” brewing in the transportation industry. Experienced “baby boomer” technicians [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Knowledge Base|Comments Off on Addressing the Diesel Technician Shortage

PM Service – In-House vs Outsource

The “In-house” service shop has long been the industry’s choice for fleet preventive maintenance operations. When you combine the old adage “If you want it done right, do it yourself” with seemingly inherent economies of scale, it just makes sense, theoretically. I would challenge maintenance managers to roll up their sleeves and perform a real [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Knowledge Base|Comments Off on PM Service – In-House vs Outsource

Properly Tightening Wheel Fasteners

The proper tightening of wheel fasteners is a topic that has certainly had its fair share of coverage in the last few decades, and for good reason. Although individual wheel separations are not tracked by the NTSB, it is estimated that approximately 1,000 wheel separations occur annually in the United States, often with devastating effects. [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|Knowledge Base|Comments Off on Properly Tightening Wheel Fasteners

Choosing the Right Oil & Drain Interval

A host of factors are at play when determining the ideal lubricant and drain interval combination for your fleet’s power units. Based on service duty levels and other factors, today’s heavy duty engines have recommended drain intervals ranging between 7,500 and 50,000 miles, a wide margin indeed. Fleets comprised of multiple engine brands and models [...]

By | July 12th, 2016|Knowledge Base|Comments Off on Choosing the Right Oil & Drain Interval