Heavy Duty Technology

  1. Shopping For Truck Mirrors

    Replacing Truck Mirrors and Brackets

    It’s easy to underestimate the importance of your side mirrors until they need to be replaced. Like all of your truck’s operational systems, your mirror system consists of multiple individual parts that work together to make sure you can have a clear, crisp, wide and unobstructed field of vision while on the road.

    Whether you’ve got cracked glass or the whole mirror system is barely holding on by a thread, there are a few things to consider before ordering a replacement mirror.

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  2. Inspecting and Identifying Spring Brake Chamber Types

    Earlier we broke down all the different types of brake chambers, most of which are brought together in a spring brake system. But there are many types of spring brakes and ways to identify them that might get a little confusing.

    Know what to ask for and know what it looks like when you get it by looking at these identifiers.

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  3. 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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  4. “Braking Down” The Different Types of Brake Chambers

    There are several different types of brake chambers that accomplish different tasks in different areas of the undercarriage of your truck. Knowing your rotochambers from your piggybacks (hint: both brake chamber types) will help you navigate you to the right parts you need for your truck.

    Not only will we show you some background on these parts, but we’ll also lead you towards some of the best options in the industry for your truck.

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  5. 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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  6. When's The Last Time You Checked Your Wheel Hubs?

    Where Is The Wheel Hub Of A Truck?

    It may be a no-brainer that the wheel hub of your truck is located, you guessed it, on the wheels. But what exactly does the wheel hub consist of and what can you expect from it? For modern trucks and most trucks made after 1997, the wheel hub was standardized to include a mounting assembly, supporting lugs, and a wheel bearing. Many modern vehicles also include an electronic ABS sensor in wheel hubs.

    The wheel hub is the only part on your truck that actually secures the wheels to the vehicle, so even though it’s easy to forget about your hubs until something goes wrong, an 80,000-pound commercial vehicle can’t take the risk of a wheel hub blowing out on the road.

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  7. Tips to Optimize Your Heating and Cooling System This Fall

    Fall: A Welcome Reprieve For Truck Drivers

    It’s finally September, and in addition to getting a break from the tropical storms and annual CVSA inspection events, truck drivers can now also enjoy a reprieve from the heat with Fall weather coming. While you’ve probably had the air conditioning on full blast for the past few months, you can now give your heating and cooling system a break as temperatures start to drop.

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  8. Top Shelf Truck Parts Club: The LifeSeal+ Combination Spring Brake

    It's Spring Brake for the Top Shelf Truck Parts Club members, and I'm not talking about a week off from work in March. I'm talking about the bonafide spring break systems that make your braking safe, efficient and effective.

    Here, we show off a Spring Brake system that's built for those who want the best out of their truck parts, not for the cheapskates that skimp on quality and safety.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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