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Getting to Know Your HVAC - Condensers
Now that you’ve read a little more about your semi-truck’s HVAC system, you’ll want to be sure you know how some of the individual components work. In this post we’ll be discussing how the condenser unit works in your commercial truck’s air conditioning unit. To help you learn more about your HVAC unit, our panel of experts have put together the following information on condensers.
Getting to Know Your Suspension
The suspension system is one of the most important systems in your semi-truck. A proper suspension system contributes to the handling and stability of a vehicle while you’re driving. Without a working suspension system, you’ll have difficulty supporting the load being hauled by the truck.
Check Air Brakes This Spring
Flowers sprouting, birds chirping, and grass growing are all signs that spring has sprung; and now that the new season is here, it’s time to perform routine maintenance on trucks by starting with air braking systems. Brake wear is a common complaint among truckers as the chilly temperatures and road salt wreaked havoc on truck brakes during the winter. Truckers will need to inspect brake pads, rotors, calipers, and other essential air brake components to ensure that air brakes run at their peak performance this season. Let’s talk about these brake parts and what will happen if you run on failing brake parts.
Disc Brakes - How They Stop Your Semi-Truck
It typically takes about two football fields, or two hundred yards, worth of distance for a semi-truck to come to a complete stop. That said, the air brake system is one of the most important systems on your heavy-duty vehicle. Brakes that are out of adjustment are the cause half of all out-of-service violations given to commercial vehicles.
The First Female Trucker
Born October 17, 1897, Luella Bates is credited as the first female licensed truck driver. Not only was she a truck driver, but she was a mechanic and truck inspector in the early 1900s. Little did she know at the time that she would pave the way for females in a male-driven industry whether behind the wheel of a big rig or in an office setting. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we are shining light on Luella Bates and discussing women today in the industry.
Diesel Fuel Money Saving Tips
According to Overdrive Magazine, diesel prices have jumped over a quarter per gallon from a week ago. Some locations around the country, such as California, are selling diesel at $6.00 per gallon according to ProMiles. With the soaring prices of diesel, and the Russia-Ukraine invasion going on with no end in sight, truckers want to know how they can save money at the diesel pumps. Here are a few tips to help truck drivers save money during this difficult time.
The Ins and Outs of Brake Drums
Chances are, if you drive a semi-truck, your air brake system has brake drums included as one of its main components. But anyone who’s been driving truck for any amount of time already knows that. However, if you’ve ever had any questions about your brake drums, how they work, when they need to be checked, or what the difference between disc and drum brakes are, then you’ve come to the right place. Our team of trucking experts has put together the following guide to help you learn more about one of your brake system’s most important features.
What Is Wheel Bearing End Play
Wheel separation may sound like something from the Final Destination films, but it is a real thing – and a real problem for truckers. Wheel-offs is one of the most common causes of wheel accidents by big rigs that could be easily avoided if truckers would perform routine maintenance work on their wheel end systems. In this blog post, we will discuss pre-load settings vs. end play. Let’s get started.
The Brake Chamber Break Down
If you drive a semi-truck, then you definitely have brake chambers in your air brake system. Are you hoping to learn more about the brake chambers in your semi-truck’s air brake? If so, you’re in luck! Our panel of expert trucking specialists has put together the following to help you learn more about the air brake chambers in your truck. Read on to learn more!
CVSA Announces 2022 Roadcheck Inspection Dates
International Roadcheck is an annual commercial vehicle initiative set forward by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The goal of the inspection program is to make sure truck drivers are up to date with maintenance work on their trucks for the safety of the drivers and motor vehicles around them by focusing on one category of truck parts each year.
What Are Slack Adjusters?
Have you been wondering what you can do to make sure the slack adjusters in your air brakes are up to par? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn more about slack adjusters, how they work, how to adjust them, and what you need to do to ensure they are operating properly. Our expert trucking specialists have put together the following guide to help you increase your knowledge on the subject.
Why Buy Match Made Parts
More often than not, the word "value" has a negative connotation attached with it. When we think of the word, other words like "cheap" come to mind; but that's not what Match Made is as a brand. Searching for truck parts online can be time-consuming and frustrating especially if you don't find the price point you are hoping for when shopping online on different websites - but that's where Match Made jumps into action.
5 Tips on Maintaining Air Brakes
It’s wintertime, and there is nothing more important than making sure the brakes in your semi-truck are responsive and working properly. The air brake system is one of the most integral ways to ensure that your vehicle is safe on the road, especially during the winter months. You’ll want to be sure that your air brake system is maintained and kept in perfect working order. That way, you can be sure you are driving a truck that’s safe on the road. From the valves to the parking brake, there are a multitude of systems to check when you are making sure your brakes are well maintained.
Starter and Alternator Troubles
The harsh winter climate can negatively affect the performance of vehicles; and often, heavy-duty vehicles have trouble getting their engines up-and-running in the cold. Rotating electric parts, like starters and alternators, may be the reason why. To find out, drivers will need to test the parts (along with the battery) to see which part(s) needs replacement before making long haul trips. Here’s what drivers should know.
Tire Pressure When It Is Too Cold
Cold weather can negatively affect the performance of trucks on the road including a decrease in fuel mileage. But what truck drivers may not consider is how the cold weather affects tire pressure. Proactive tire maintenance is a must for combating the harsh winter climate. Here’s what drivers need to know about cold weather and tire PSI.
America's Top 100 Gridlocked Roads and Your Brakes
Whether you’re a driver or a fleet manager, you know that there are certain highways and freeways across the country that you do absolutely everything to avoid. Traffic congestion and gridlocks can make or break having an on-time delivery, not to mention that it’s incredibly frustrating to go from cruising highway speeds to a slow crawl.
Top Shipping Commodities by Fleet Drivers
Last year, the United States Census Bureau reported that the U.S. shipments of goods in 2017 reached 12.5 billion tons equating to $14.5 trillion. Trucks as a single mode of transportation accounted for 70 percent, or roughly 8.8 billion tons ($10.4 trillion). Thanks to the pandemic, more people are staying indoors and shopping online – but what are they buying and asking truck drivers to haul? Here are the top five moving commodities that people are purchasing.
Getting to Know Meritor in the Aftermarket
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.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Truckers
Valentine’s Day is the sweetest day of the year; and it’s a good excuse to show that special essential employee just how much he/she means to you. While you could give your sweetie the typical Valentine’s Day card complete with roses and candies, there are other ideas that will make your main squeeze feel extra loved this holiday. Here are a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas for truck drivers that won’t break the bank: