Industry News

  1. How to Prevent a Truck Breakdown

    How to Prevent Truck Breakdowns

    It would be nice to sail through the year without any truck downtime at all, but we all know that that’s unrealistic, unfortunately. Although many truck or fleet owners do bake some unexpected downtime into their budgets, it’s still a super high priority to keep these costs and delivery disruption as low as possible.

    But while completely preventing truck breakdowns may not be possible, it is possible to maximize your uptime by doing some routine checks and inspections. Whether you train your team to commit to these inspections or perform them yourself, knowing what to keep an eye on throughout the year can help the life cycle of both your parts and your expense account.

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  2. 4 Truck Parts Terms to Know in 2020

    Important Truck Parts Terms for 2020

    Now that the holiday festivities are over and it’s back to business as usual, chances are you’ve got at least a few trucks that need some parts replaced. With all of the ups, downs, booms and drops that happened within the trucking industry in 2019, it’s valid to want to err on the conservative side when shopping for replacement truck parts. But being careful about how you spend your first quarter budget doesn’t have to mean buying cheap and crossing your fingers that it fits.

    Aftermarket truck parts can seem like the Wild West, but clicking and ordering the cheapest options is a strategy that can come back to bite you. Knowing these different categories of truck parts can help you enter 2020 with more confidence and knowledge in your buying experience.

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  3. The Applications That Make the Holidays Happen

    Thank Trucks, Buses, and Waste Management This Holiday Season

    The holidays are a good time to take stock of our blessings and all of the things we have to be grateful for. Sharing a rich holiday feast with the people we care in a warm, decorated house with gifts under a bright Christmas tree is the scene most of us have in mind this time of year, and in order to make that a reality, there’s a lot of work that happens behind the scenes.

    While it’s important to thank those who cook the food and buy the gifts that we enjoy, it’s also important to remember those who brought these things across the country for us to enjoy — the trucking, public transportation, and waste management industries.

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  4. What You May Not Know about Wheel Hubs

    What are Wheel Hubs?

    When you think about the most important parts of a truck, chances are you’ll consider the engine, the transmission, and other large parts. But a key player and undercelebrated hero of truck performance also lies literally where the rubber meets the road – the wheel hubs.

    Although a truck’s engine and transmission are essential for it to move, it’s not going anywhere without the wheels. A wheel hub’s job is to connect the wheel to the rest of the vehicle body. Hubs work hard to make sure your truck not only moves where you need it to, when you need it to but they are also responsible for the smoothness of your journey. If you’ve ever experienced the noise or feeling of your truck with a wheel hub that’s gone bad, then you understand just how important it is to find ones that last, like conventional hub assemblies and PreSet hub assemblies from Consolidated Metco.

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  5. Must-Haves For Buses in Winter

    The Importance of Buses In Winter

    Whether we’re talking about city buses, school buses, or shuttle buses, the importance of buses to safely get people from one destination to another cannot be understated. Safely navigating a bus through city and highway traffic on a regular basis is tricky enough, but during the winter, the stakes are higher with driver, passenger, and road safety.

    While driver training and intuition can make a big difference in winter bus driving, it’s also critical to not forget about the bus itself — namely, the parts that go into ensuring that buses can safely and effectively handle the adverse conditions of the season. As we head full-speed into a long winter, there are a few key parts and systems to keep in mind.

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  6. Winter and Your Driveline

    How Your Truck Experiences Winter

    As a trucker or fleet owner, you understand how dangerous winter driving can be — especially when it’s an 80,000-pound class 8 truck that’s out there trying to navigate the snow and ice. But also consider that it’s not just you or your drivers that are having to deal with winter — your truck is also experiencing it.

    As it gets closer to the heart of winter, it’s important to not only make sure you’ve got the appropriate tires and that your brakes are at peak performance, but to also consider the major systems of your truck or fleet such as the HVAC and drivetrain, and take into account what they might need to help you stay “up” this season.

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  7. A Guide To Shopping Aftermarket: Buying Based On Truck Life Cycle

    The trucking industry follows a similar pattern to all of retail – out with the old, and in with the new. But to our individual owner/operators out there, you’re not buying new trucks every one to three years. That means you’re sticking with old reliable – and we love that, so we’re going to outfit it with the best parts to keep it running as efficiently as possible.

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  8. 3 Tips For Avoiding Class 8 Truck Starter Failure For This Winter

    Depending on where you are on the road right now, you may already have started experiencing the early challenges of winter. For me, the first big snow hit this morning so what better time to talk about avoiding winter problems than now?

    Truth be told, the winter makes everything more challenging. Not only does it make it difficult when driving, but it even makes trucks harder to start. We’ll take a deep dive into problems that cause these issues so you’ll not sitting out in the cold trying to figure out what’s going on.

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  9. Oil Leaks, Oil Weeps, and Warranties, Oh My!

    Drivetrain Oil Leaks Vs Oil Weeps: Is There A Difference?

    A situation where the oil that’s supposed to be inside of your drivetrain is visible on the outside of your drivetrain is less always less than ideal. And in this situation, truck drivers and fleet managers tend to go one of two ways — either high-tailing it to the mechanic or, if the truck is still drivable, letting it go until it truly becomes a problem.

    Your first line of defense when there’s an oil issue is knowing what you’re looking at — is it a true oil leak or is it an oil weep? What do those mean and how can they affect your warranty coverage? Let’s talk it out so you can have a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into.

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  10. Trucking Misconceptions: Are Truck Drivers Really Safe?

    Study Shows Major Public Misperceptions of Truck Drivers 

    It’s no secret that sharing the road with commercial vehicles makes the general public nervous, but according to a recent study, a high number of drivers of passenger cars and smaller vehicles also believe that commercial vehicles also pose a high level of danger.

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