Heavy Duty Technology

  1. Clearance Sensing Vs. Stroke Sensing Automatic Slack Adjusters

    Automatic Slack Adjusters have become a standard part on heavy duty truck vehicles. In 1994, it became required by the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard to have them on your vehicles. But that doesn’t mean all slack adjusters are made equal. There are two significant types of automatic slack adjusters, Stroke Sensing and Clearance Sensing, and it’s important to know which one is which.

    What’s The Difference?

    The difference is in the measurement. A slack adjuster on the surface is just a measuring tool that tells you how much give there is between the push of the brake pedal and where the brakes are applied. But there are two places that you can measure the effectiveness of a brake, the stroke of the brake being applied by the driver, or the clearance between the brake pad and the drum after the brake has been applied.

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  2. Do I Need to Replace My Fan Clutch?

    Why the Fan Clutch is Important: A Refresher

    There’s no question about why the engine is important for your truck or fleet, but it’s also important to remember that one reason your engine is running smoothly is because of the smaller parts working together to help it along. Your engine’s fan clutch cooling system is a good example.

    When your truck is in motion, the internal combustion engine heats up. While the production of heat is necessary for the engine to power your truck, if it gets too hot, it can lead to trouble unless the fan clutch and fan activate to cool the engine temperature down.

    Horton fan clutches

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  3. How To Beat CVSA Brake Inspections: Part 1 - Automatic Slack Adjusters

    Heavy duty trucks and transport vehicles are only making money when they’re driving on the road. The sooner a truck gets to its destination, the sooner it can pick up another load and go to its next destination. The faster a truck can get there, the more likely the fleet will be able to be awarded competitive jobs. To put it simply, more money is made when the truck is moving while money isn’t being made when the truck is “parked”.

    Roadside Inspections are one of the easiest ways to lose money, and there are a lot of issues that get flagged that could be in your truck's brake system right now. So we decided we'd "brake down" all of the most common braking issues in our new 5-Part Blog series. Throughout the journey will identify what inspectors look for, and how to identify issues before they cause your fleet heavy fines and extended downtime.

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  4. 3 Important Facts About Fuel-Efficient Parts

    What Does it Mean to be Fuel-Efficient?

    Traditionally, the goal of the trucking industry has been simple — deliver the freight safely and quickly. In the past, fuel costs were simply considered a means to achieve that end. But there are many aspects of the trucking industry that have changed over the last few decades, and chief among them is the emphasis on having fuel-efficient trucks.

    But what does that mean? Googling the definition can lead you down a super technical rabbit hole that you may not get out of, but simply put, the fuel efficiency of your truck refers to the relationship between how much fuel you’re using and how far you’re traveling. While investing in companies and parts that focus on improved fuel economy can be more expensive in the short-term, it can also lead to some serious wins and savings for your business down the ro

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  5. The Big Deal About Viscous Fan Clutches

    What Do Fan Clutches Even Do?

    BorgWarner Viscous Fan Clutches for Fuel Efficiency

    One of the under-celebrated heroes of your truck’s power generation system is the fan clutch. Going back to Engine 101 for a minute, you know that an engine gets hot from all the pressure put on it. You also know that letting that engine overheat is not only dangerous to driver safety but can also cause serious damage to the vehicle. The cooling fan is what helps cool the engine down when things are heating up under the hood, but the fan clutch plays a key role in supplying the power behind that cooling fan.

    Just as engine cooling needs are different depending on your application,

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  6. The 3 Main Reasons Your AC Might Smell Bad

    Why Does My AC Smell?

    Your truck’s heating and air conditioning system may not be crucial to the overall functionality of the vehicle, but nobody can argue that it’s still one of the most important systems to keep in proper working order. A non-functioning or faulty HVAC system means the driver is either too warm or too cold and is probably distracted from the main task at hand — staying safe on the road.

    But even if all the essential parts and components of your AC system are working seamlessly together, there’s still one major problem that haunts thousands of AC systems every year — a funky odor coming through the vents from the blower motor. Although this issue may not affect the temperature of the air coming through, it’s still a seriou

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  7. Installing the Right Air Dryer from Bendix – The Inventors of Air Dryer Technology

    More than forty years ago Bendix ignited a revolution in the heavy-duty truck industry with a dream. A dream to provide clean air to reservoirs, valves, and all air controlled systems in a vehicle. A dream to filter out contaminants in airways that caused heinous maintenance episodes and downtime that felt like it lasted a lifetime. That dream was the Air Dryer: an air filtering mechanism that removes dirt, liquid, water vapor and even oil from your truck’s air system. Forty years later, the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree. Bendix still makes some of the most reliable Air Dryer systems in the aftermarket.

    Any vehicle that doesn’t have an Air Dryer installed is considered archaic. And if you’re bypassing a bad Air Dryer system, then you’re doing a disservice to your truck. So today, we’re going to get you started on a new Bendix Air Dryer and walk through how easy it is to install one.

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  8. 3 Easy Ways to Identify a Blower Motor Issue

    From Hot to Not: Knowing Your AC Blower Motor

    When your truck or fleet is on the road, you depend on a lot of small things to work correctly, like the vehicle starting on the first try. Something else you may take for granted is a refreshing blast of cool air coming out of your air conditioning vents when it’s hot and stuffy in your passenger cabin. When this doesn’t happen, it can not only be frustrating and lead to an uncomfortable journey, it can also signal trouble within your truck’s heating and cooling system.

    Knowing the major players in commercial vehicle heating and cooling can help you identify what might be going wrong with your AC so you can find the right part and fix the problem the first time around with minimal downtime to your business. The journey to understanding air conditioning components starts with the

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  9. Bring Your Wheel Hub into the 21st Century with ConMet PreSet Plus

    ConMet PreSet Plus Hubs

    When the Best Gets Even Better: PreSet Plus Hubs

    It’s no industry secret that Consolidated Metco has been one of the largest pioneers in wheel hubs since 1964, but the continued dedication to innovation and modern trucking needs is what keeps ConMet blazing trails in the commercial vehicle industry.

    ConMet made a name for itself by introducing the PreSet hub assembly to the commercial vehicle industry in 1995 — completely changing the way truckers and fleet managers viewed wheel hub replacement and service. But even though PreSet hubs have increasingly become the standard over the years boasting fewer labor costs and more convenience, ConMet wasn’t done yet. In 2011, the PreSet Plus wheel hub assembl

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  10. What is a ConMet PreSet Wheel Hub and Why Should You Care?

    PreSet Wheel Hubs: Changing the Game Since 1995

    Whether you’re a truck driver, fleet manager, or just want to learn more about how to get the most bang for your buck in your undercarriage, PreSet wheel hubs from Consolidated Metco are a great way to maximize your uptime.

    Wheel hubs — the assembly between the drive axle and brake discs or drums that securely attaches the wheels to the vehicle — have come standard on cars and trucks for years, but the PreSet wheel hub assembly from ConMet began pioneering hub technology in 1995. So, what’s the big deal? One type of wheel hub is just as good as the other, right? You may be surprised at how much of a difference a PreSet can make on your truck or fleet — a difference via increased uptime, decreas

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