1. Truck Class Designation - Why It Matters

    ”Truck” is a relatively vague word when it comes to vehicles on the road. A garbage truck and the Chevy truck you take fishing are not the same truck. You can’t compare a Freightliner Cascadia to a Toyota Tacoma. An Autocar DC is not a “car” at all.

    All in all, there are eight classes of trucks that range from weight to duty classifications. These classes are important, because not only do they determine what parts you’ll need for your vehicle, but they can also affect part warranties and more as well.

    Let’s go in class by class.

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  2. Shopping For Truck Mirrors

    Replacing Truck Mirrors and Brackets

    It’s easy to underestimate the importance of your side mirrors until they need to be replaced. Like all of your truck’s operational systems, your mirror system consists of multiple individual parts that work together to make sure you can have a clear, crisp, wide and unobstructed field of vision while on the road.

    Whether you’ve got cracked glass or the whole mirror system is barely holding on by a thread, there are a few things to consider before ordering a replacement mirror.

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  3. Inspecting and Identifying Spring Brake Chamber Types

    Earlier we broke down all the different types of brake chambers, most of which are brought together in a spring brake system. But there are many types of spring brakes and ways to identify them that might get a little confusing.

    Know what to ask for and know what it looks like when you get it by looking at these identifiers.

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  4. 5 Things You Should Know About Truck Mirrors

    1. Mirrors On Big Trucks Are A Big Deal

    Even though your truck mirrors aren’t responsible for the power or mobility of your vehicle or fleet, they should still be given considerable attention. No matter what size truck you’re driving, there’s only so much you can see with the naked eye. Your mirrors amplify your visibility of not only the back of your truck but also what the drivers on both sides of you are doing. Mirrors are also your first line of defense in making sure you can change lanes safely and anticipate any road situations in which you have to stop or maneuver quickly.

    With so much to keep up with in your day-to-day driving and business, it can be easy to just jump in the truck and go without giving a second thought to the clarity, condition and setup of your mirror system, but when it comes to how and what you see, there’s a lot to consider.

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  5. Don't Fall For Autumn's Tricks - Preparing Your Truck For The Changing Season

    You hear it all the time - "Winter is Coming". But before we get there, we have to deal with Autumn along the way. Whether you're an experienced truck driver or it's your first year behind the big wheel, it's always smart to keep your truck outfitted with the best parts to combat the seasons. Now, let's get into some things you'll need to prepare for.

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  6. “Braking Down” The Different Types of Brake Chambers

    There are several different types of brake chambers that accomplish different tasks in different areas of the undercarriage of your truck. Knowing your rotochambers from your piggybacks (hint: both brake chamber types) will help you navigate you to the right parts you need for your truck.

    Not only will we show you some background on these parts, but we’ll also lead you towards some of the best options in the industry for your truck.

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  7. AGM Batteries and Fuel Efficiency

    What’s The Latest News About Diesel Prices?

    Starting in January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will reportedly take measures to cut back on sulfur emissions from ships. In the interest of climate change, ships will no longer be able to use fuels with a sulfur content above 0.5 percent — a huge reduction from the current sulfur content of 3.5 percent.

    What does that have to do with trucking, you ask? The new fuel that will be used by the maritime industry, also known as ultra-low sulfur diesel, is the same type of diesel used by the trucking industry. With ships currently using about 3.8 million barrels of fuel on a daily basis, the new IMO regulations will create a lot of new demand for the ultra-low sulfur diesel, which could potentially have a major impact on fuel prices.

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  8. When's The Last Time You Checked Your Wheel Hubs?

    Where Is The Wheel Hub Of A Truck?

    It may be a no-brainer that the wheel hub of your truck is located, you guessed it, on the wheels. But what exactly does the wheel hub consist of and what can you expect from it? For modern trucks and most trucks made after 1997, the wheel hub was standardized to include a mounting assembly, supporting lugs, and a wheel bearing. Many modern vehicles also include an electronic ABS sensor in wheel hubs.

    The wheel hub is the only part on your truck that actually secures the wheels to the vehicle, so even though it’s easy to forget about your hubs until something goes wrong, an 80,000-pound commercial vehicle can’t take the risk of a wheel hub blowing out on the road.

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  9. How To Beat CVSA Inspections Part 5 - Spring Brakes and Brake Chambers

    The final part of our brake inspection series ends in one of the earlier stages of the braking process: the brake chambers. If the chambers aren't pumping correctly, you're definitely on your way to defective and out-of-adjustment brakes.

    Like our other four posts in our series, we're going to show what the CVSA inspectors are looking for and how you can stay one step ahead.

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  10. Tips to Optimize Your Heating and Cooling System This Fall

    Fall: A Welcome Reprieve For Truck Drivers

    It’s finally September, and in addition to getting a break from the tropical storms and annual CVSA inspection events, truck drivers can now also enjoy a reprieve from the heat with Fall weather coming. While you’ve probably had the air conditioning on full blast for the past few months, you can now give your heating and cooling system a break as temperatures start to drop.

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