Industry News

  1. When To Replace Shocks

    Am I Driving with Bad Shocks?

    Shocks are an integral component of a truck’s suspension system and help to keep vehicles grounded. Without shocks, both drivers and vehicles are put at risk of injury due to bouncing and swaying of vehicles on uneven terrain. Like other truck parts, shocks get worn out and need to be replaced; but when is a good time to do it? Keep reading to learn how long shock absorbers last on heavy-duty trucks and the warning signs of worn-out shocks.

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  2. Taillights Vs. Brake Lights: What's the Difference?

    Why You Need to Know the Difference Between Brake Lights and Taillights

    For a seasoned trucker or fleet owner, talking about what makes a brake light different from a taillight may seem like going back to kindergarten, but there’s a good reason to have awareness of both types of lighting — it’s easy to assume they’re always working and also easy to miss if they’re not.

    Even though your brake and taillights may live together under the same globe or cover, and U.S. law dictates that they both must be red to be compliant with Department of Transportation standards, these are two different lights with two different jobs. And knowing what they are and what to keep in mind when you need a replacement can help save you some uptime and money.

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  3. Are Shocks the Same As Struts?

    Difference Between Shocks and Struts

    Are Shocks the Same As Struts?

    Struts and shocks are both integral components of a truck’s suspension system; and while the trucking terms may seem interchangeable, the two parts have completely different functions – even though they share the same end goal. It is important to note that not all commercial vehicles have both struts and shocks. Some vehicles only have shocks. Some may only have struts; but that does not mean that one component is better than the other. So, what is the real difference between struts and shocks? We’re going to put the confusion to rest once and for all. Keep reading to learn the functions of struts and shocks as well as when to replace them on your heavy-duty truck.

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  4. Getting to Know Meritor in the Aftermarket

    Meritor OE and Aftermarket Brands

    Whether you’re out driving a truck or maintaining a fleet of them, chances are you’re familiar with Meritor. A powerhouse in both the OE and aftermarket, Meritor doesn’t just have one specialty — they are a global supplier of axle, brake, and suspension solutions for both the transportation and industrial sectors.

    Meritor Genuine parts are well-known in the industry for being the same parts that are used on OEM equipment and installed on brand new trucks on the assembly line. This brand is renowned for its genuine performance on new vehicles and vehicles that are still under warranty, but what many fleet owners don’t realize is that Meritor has more brands in the aftermarket than you may realize.

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  5. PSI To Apply Spring Brakes

    Spring Brakes And Air Pressure

    Spring Into Action

    Long-haul trips can be stressful. You will encounter your fair share of irritating drivers as well as unwelcomed weather elements and undesirable road conditions; and with all these challenges, there may be a time when you need to pump the brakes - and fast.Therefore, it is important that your heavy- duty truck is equipped with reliable spring brakes plus enough air pressure.

    Keep reading to learn how spring brakes are applied; why air pressure matters; and what it could mean for your truck's air brakes. 

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  6. 6 Signs Your Water Pump May Be Slowing You Down

    Do I Need to Replace My Water Pump?

    Most seasoned truckers and fleet operators know that when your engine is working at peak performance, life is good. But when something is off, it’s not something that can be ignored. Your engine system is made up of multiple components that keep everything running smoothly, and the water pump is one of those parts.

    If you’re not familiar with what the water pump does, don’t feel bad. Contrary to what the name suggests, this essential component is responsible for circulating coolant from the radiator throughout the engine. This keeps your vehicle at a consistent operating temperature. But although water pumps are built to last, they wear out just like any other part does, and knowing the early signs of water pump failure can help you avoid full engine failure.

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  7. Introduction To Mud Flaps For Semi Trucks

    Mud Flaps for Trucks 101

    Did you know that 38 states have mud-guard regulations? No? Don’t feel bad. Mud flaps aren’t exactly discussed by truck drivers, or even heavy-duty truck companies. That is, until now.

    Mud flaps are one of the most important truck accessories on the market for semis and dump trucks and really should be required in all states. Mud flaps are much needed during rainy months (increasingly important in hurricane season which is going on now) and offer additional safety measures for drivers. Keep reading to learn the basics of mud guards including what they are and why they matter.

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  8. Why Truck Light Compliance Matters

    What Does it Mean to Have Compliant Truck Lights?

    Your headlights, taillights, and marker lights are all essential pieces of your truck’s safety system. If you can’t see the full scope of what’s in front of your 80,000-pound vehicle and other motorists can’t clearly see you, there’ll be trouble for everyone. When you look online, aftermarket headlights are a dime a dozen — a few clicks and you can choose the type of light you need at the right price. Because what’s one headlight or stop/turn/taillight from the other, right?

    Not necessarily. While it is true that you can easily find replacement lights for your truck or vehicle, there’s one important thing you need to keep in mind along with making sure it’s an exact fit — whether it’s compliant. But what does that mean and how can you tell?

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  9. 10 Maintenance Tips for Your School Bus Fleet

    Back to School for Bus Fleets

    The end of summer doesn’t just signify a return to school for students and teachers — the country’s school bus drivers will also return to work in many parts of the country. During a typical school year, the country runs over 480,000 buses upwards of 4.4 billion miles, so back to school time means that it’s also time for school bus fleet owners and operators to get their bus fleets up and going again.

    No matter how many buses and routes you’re running this year, preventative maintenance for school buses should be an essential back to school tradition. Safe pick-ups, drop-offs, and on-time delivery of students to school cannot be understated, so taking the time before each trip to properly inspect buses is crucial. Here’s everything you should be looking for to ensure that everyone has a good year.

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  10. Trucking Misconceptions: Cost is Everything

    Common Misconception: Price Matters Most

    The ups and downs of the trucking industry have all fleet owners and managers thinking of cost and tightening up cashflow where possible. While it’s important to track your expenses and make sure your business isn’t leaking money like a sieve, it is a common misconception that when it comes to your trucks, price matters most.

    Don’t get us wrong — price does matter. But it by no means should be the sole factor in making decisions for your truck or fleet. There’s a lot to be said about finding a great deal that’s going to save you some money, but what many trucking professionals don’t realize is that saving cost now doesn’t always equal the best value.

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