Heavy Duty Technology

  1. 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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  2. Heavy Duty Truck Parts Are For More Than Just Trucks

    We focus a lot here on heavy-duty truck parts and for good reason. Class 8 vehicles account for a lot of business, and not just for us but transportation as a whole. However, our parts apply to way more than just trucks.

    From construction equipment, to lighter duty vehicles, to school buses to farming equipment. Our parts cover a lot of different applications, and we’ve detailed some of them below.

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  3. 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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  4. 3 Must-Haves For Your Driveline

    A Driveline is a Driveline, Right?

    Wrong! Although the driveline is responsible for one of the most important processes in your truck — delivering the power from the engine and transmission to the wheels — one size does not fit all. A true line-haul application that needs to achieve highway speeds at least 80 percent of the time does not have the same driveline needs as a truck that does partial line haul and partial inner-city deliveries, for example.

    Don’t feel bad if you haven’t thought about your driveline in a while — it’s an easy part of your truck to forget about. The configuration of a driveline is different depending on whether you have front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive, but unless something goes very wrong with it, chances are you’re not climbing up into your undercarriage to pay it a casual visit.

    Whether you already need to upgrade your driveline or you aren’t sure if the one you’ve got is serving you properly, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you outfit your vehicle with the best driveline parts before a catastrophic failure happens.

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  5. Keeping Your Driveline Up With Engine Downspeeding

    What is Engine Downspeeding?

    In our industry, things are either up or down, and depending on the situation that can either be a really great thing or a not so great thing. At the end of the day, we want trucks that are up and costs that are down, but there are other ups and downs to contend with in the meantime. For example, keeping fuel efficiency up by keeping the speed of the engine down, or downspeeding.

    According to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), engine downspeeding is one of the primary strategies to improve fuel economy in heavy-duty powertrains. The basic idea is this: when the rear gear ratio is sped up, the speed of the engine is lowered. While this concept was first pioneered a few years ago by Volvo, it is fast becoming a common technology upgrade for many heavy-duty powertrain systems.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Why You Should Go Brushless When Choosing A Heavy Duty Alternator

    The recipe for a great alternator has not changed. Mechanical energy is converted to electricity which powers your vehicle and all it’s minor and major applications. It works, but over time, major truck manufacturers have been able to make it work better.

    One major change that continues to flow through the industry, is the switch to the brushless alternator. The old alternators were made with brushes and slip rings that helped convert the energy to electricity. But new technology has taught us that we can build dual-alternator systems that don’t require brushes, which makes for less moving parts and longer life.

    How is Brushless Better?

    Alright, you hear me – no brushes, but why does that matter? How does it make my alternator work better? The concept is that less is more and the less complex we can make a par

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  9. The Why, Where, and When Of Washing Your Wheel Ends

    Why Wash Wheel Ends?

    Everyone knows that your truck or fleet needs a good scrubbing and power-washing every now and then, but have you ever thought about paying specific attention to your wheel ends? Don’t feel bad — this part of your undercarriage is typically an afterthought.

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  10. Fuel Tank Empty Inside? Here Are 4 Money Fueled Tips To Increase Your Truck’s MPG

    You essentially need two things to make a heavy duty truck go. First, you need a truck that’s able to start and stop, and second you need fuel to power it.

    Buying a truck is one thing, once you have it and it’s paid for, that truck is yours. Fuel on the other hand is something a truck will always need, and the more miles you can drive without filling up, the more money you can save. So let’s get down to it and save you some money.

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