Monthly Archives: August 2019

  1. 5 Steps to Prepare for a Safety Inspection

    Safety Blitz Inspections Are Here To Stay

    To some people, the month of June signifies the beginning of summer. But to those of us in the commercial vehicle industry, the coming of June also means the coming of inspections and surprise safety blitzes.

    Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) does their due diligence by having commercial vehicle inspections. This ensures that commercial vehicles on the road are being safely operated. Some inspections are planned and give fleet owners and managers time to prepare, such as the International Roadcheck throughout North America, which typically happens in June. This signifies a 72-hour period where commercial vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions across the country perform inspections on trucks and drivers.

    However, some inspections are unannounced, such as the CVSA’s surprise Brake Safety Inspection Initiative in May 2019. This safety blitz results in over 1,600 commercial vehicles being removed from s

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  2. Top Shelf Truck Parts Club: Shock Absorber Edition

    If you’re the type of parts shopper that’s looking for the cheapest solution to fix their shocks and suspension, then you can stop reading now. This post is not for you. It’s not for fleets that use band-aid solutions to solve their problems, it’s for truck connoisseurs who only want the best for their trucks.

    In this post we’re going to explore shock absorbers for trucks and their drivers that want to outlast the competition. The drivers who want less downtime, a smoother ride and better parts for their trucks then what the drivers around them have. Not the downtime dweebs that are replacing parts on their trucks year after year because they’re only interested in “getting by” with their bargain basket parts.

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  3. Clearance Sensing Vs. Stroke Sensing Automatic Slack Adjusters

    Automatic Slack Adjusters have become a standard part on heavy duty truck vehicles. In 1994, it became required by the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard to have them on your vehicles. But that doesn’t mean all slack adjusters are made equal. There are two significant types of automatic slack adjusters, Stroke Sensing and Clearance Sensing, and it’s important to know which one is which.

    What’s The Difference?

    The difference is in the measurement. A slack adjuster on the surface is just a measuring tool that tells you how much give there is between the push of the brake pedal and where the brakes are applied. But there are two places that you can measure the effectiveness of a brake, the stroke of the brake being applied by the driver, or the clearance between the brake pad and the drum after the brake has been applied.

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  4. How To Beat CVSA Brake Inspections: Part 1 - Automatic Slack Adjusters

    Heavy duty trucks and transport vehicles are only making money when they’re driving on the road. The sooner a truck gets to its destination, the sooner it can pick up another load and go to its next destination. The faster a truck can get there, the more likely the fleet will be able to be awarded competitive jobs. To put it simply, more money is made when the truck is moving while money isn’t being made when the truck is “parked”.

    Roadside Inspections are one of the easiest ways to lose money, and there are a lot of issues that get flagged that could be in your truck's brake system right now. So we decided we'd "brake down" all of the most common braking issues in our new 5-Part Blog series. Throughout the journey will identify what inspectors look for, and how to identify issues before they cause your fleet heavy fines and extended downtime.

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  5. 3 Important Facts About Fuel-Efficient Parts

    What Does it Mean to be Fuel-Efficient?

    Traditionally, the goal of the trucking industry has been simple — deliver the freight safely and quickly. In the past, fuel costs were simply considered a means to achieve that end. But there are many aspects of the trucking industry that have changed over the last few decades, and chief among them is the emphasis on having fuel-efficient trucks.

    But what does that mean? Googling the definition can lead you down a super technical rabbit hole that you may not get out of, but simply put, the fuel efficiency of your truck refers to the relationship between how much fuel you’re using and how far you’re traveling. While investing in companies and parts that focus on improved fuel economy can be more expensive in the short-term, it can also lead to some serious wins and savings for your business down the road.

    Fuel Efficiency is More Gas in Your Tank

    One of the best benefits of having fuel-efficient parts in your heavy

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  6. One For the Road - JIT Newsletter Summer 2019

    The Battery You Can Depend On for Your Fleet. Extreme Power, Performance, and Durability.

    With today's no-idling laws and high gas prices, fleet owners and managers are faced with a critical decision: reduce the number of vehicles in their fleets or instruct drivers to shut engines off and draw power from critical auxiliary accessories from the battery.

    The problem with the second option is that frequent deep discharges shorten the life of conventional Starting, Lighting, and Ignition (SLI) batteries. So gas savings are offset by the cost to replace them more frequently. The answer is the revolutionary ODYSSEY® battery. Thanks to its unique Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology design and massive deep cycling capability, this virtually maintenance-free, dry cell design battery has the reserve power to

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