Industry News

  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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Orifice Tubes: Unsung Heroes In Your AC

    What is an Orifice Tube?

    Like most of the systems in your truck or fleet, the heating and cooling system is comprised of a complicated network of parts and components that all work together for the same goal — to make sure the temperature in your cabin stays exactly as hot or cold as you want it. The success of this system depends on the performance of every single part from the blower motor to the O-rings.

    Because this system is so intricate, it can be easy to not understand everything about how it works. As long as that fresh, cold blast of AC comes on when you turn the truck on, that’s usually all that matters. But it’s also important to gain a better understanding of the small heroes inside your heating and cooling system, such as the orifice tube.

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  7. How To Beat CVSA Inspections Part 4 - Camshafts

    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.

    Our second-to-last post will deal with one of the more forgotten parts of the brake system, the Camshaft. Though power and finesse aren't usually associated with this part, being able to detect issues with your brakes that have to do with the camshaft will keep you a few steps ahead of the CVSA fines.

    CVSA Inspection Recap

    If you haven't read the first post in this series, here are some need-to-knows as far as CVSA Brake inspections go.

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  8. Should We Worry About Self-Driving Trucks?

    What Are Self-Driving Trucks?

    Perhaps one of the most popular and also heavily debated topics in the trucking industry right now is self-driving trucks. Also known as autonomous trucks and auto-piloted trucks, these are vehicles that essentially drive themselves with minimal human intervention.

    While many are embracing this new technology as a positive change for trucking, others — especially drivers themselves, worry about the possibility that self-driving trucks could mean unwelcome changes to their jobs including job losses.

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  9. How To Beat CVSA Brake Inspections: Part 3 - Brake Drums

    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.

    This third part of our blog series pounds into the brake's drums. One of the things to explore with drums is that CVSA inspectors will recognize issues with other parts of your braking system depending on what they see on the drum side. We'll cue in on what they see so that you can recognize it first and get away from any hefty fines or lost revenue that comes with downtime.

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  10. 5 Things You Need To Look For In a Brand

    Source From Brands You Can Trust

    Even though the back half of 2019 has not been the easiest on the trucking industry, there remains an emphasis on value versus cost when it comes to sourcing aftermarket truck parts for your vehicle or fleet.

    With so many foreign parts distributors reaching out across social media and other avenues with promises of cheaper parts and fast delivery, it can be a tempting solution to keep your parts stocked without spending that extra money, especially during a point in the American economy that has not particularly favored the trucking industry.

    It cannot be stressed enough that while there are exceptions to the value versus cost rule, such as a later life cycle on a commercial vehicle, value should still rule the day. But while you’re doing your homework, how do you know which brands to trust?

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