Heavy Duty Technology

  1. How Long Does an AGM Battery Last?

    What Does AGM Battery Mean

    Chances are, you don’t think about your vehicle battery until your vehicle doesn’t start. But rather than continuing to invest in the same traditional flooded batteries, let’s take a step back and consider another great option — Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries.

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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.

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  3. Why You May Be Underestimating Fan Clutch Remanufacturing

     Reman Fan Clutches: Lower Cost, Not Lower Quality

    Accepting that your fan clutch needs to be replaced can be tough when you’ve got hauls to deliver and other expenses to consider. But when your vehicle is overheating, your fan clutch is excessively loud, or if your fan clutch is causing extra drag on the engine that’s affecting power, it’s time.

    Although no one wants to have to buy a new fan clutch, we’ve got some good news — you don’t have to buy a brand-new clutch. Clutch remanufacturing is an active yet underestimated part of the heavy-duty industry, and when you buy reman, you’re buying a high-quality replacement without the high sticker price.

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  4. Common Causes of Truck Accidents

    What Causes Truck Accidents?

    Vehicle accidents are common, but because of the size and weight of commercial vehicles, crashes and injuries can be more severe. According to the most recent data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), about 5,000 people were killed in the United States in big truck crashes in 2017, with tens of thousands injured.

    In addition to potentially damaging yourself and your truck, getting into a crash of any kind can also affect your reputation as a driver and your company’s reputation in the industry. Rather than taking big risks and hoping for the best, prioritizing the safety of yourself and those around you can help your big truck avoid big disasters on the road.

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  5. Velvac Has Got Your Back – With Advanced Rear-view Backup Camera Technology

    Contrary to popular belief, humans don’t have eyes in the back of their heads, and even if we did, we wouldn’t be able to see directly behind us due to the large trailer that we’re towing from our truck. Mirrors are helpful, but not even mirrors can show you what’s directly behind your truck, and with huge trailers can provide plenty of blind spots.

    So the backup camera was invented. Instead of another person directing traffic while the driver sticks their head out the window, we used nifty technology to put a camera that would show exactly where the rear of the truck was and how much space we had to work with. If your truck isn’t equipped with one, then you might be due for an upgrade, and we have the perfect brand.

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  6. Driving Safely to Avoid Large Crowds and Events

    Navigating Large Crowd Gatherings and Events

    As America begins to reopen again and local events take place around the country, the empty streets that truckers and vocational drivers have gotten to enjoy for the past several weeks are now once again filling with people and traffic. With state restrictions further lifted in the coming months, it’s important for drivers to not only know what kinds of situations they’re getting into but also how to navigate their large, heavy vehicles around those situations to keep themselves and other pedestrians and motorists safe.

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  7. How Grote Can Help Light Your Way, And Other's Too

    Darkness is everywhere these days, and people often fear the things they cannot see. Quite literally, it’s easier to feel comfortable when it’s dark out when you have a bright shining light to light your way. You feel more comfortable because you can see what you’re doing. Your less likely to miss a step, trip or drop something, and when truck driving gets late as it often does, comfortability means a lot.

    Not only that, but it’s driver safety month this June for truckers, and part of the responsibility of being a safe trucker is not only your own safety, but the safety of others around you, whether they be pedestrians or other vehicles. That’s why we want to promote products to you that promote safety, and we’ll be starting with lights!

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  8. Protecting Drivers During National Safety Month

    Remembering Truckers During National Safety Month

    Every year, the National Safety Council (NSC) designates June as National Safety Month. In an effort to save lives and prevent injuries “in the workplace and anyplace,” the NSC will be focusing on multiple topics this year, including driving. While it’s everyone’s responsibility to be responsible and pay attention on the road, it’s also important to remember our truckers and professional drivers during this month of awareness

    With exceptions to Hours of Service regulations and on-time delivery stress still affecting drivers due to the spread of Coronavirus, there are steps that trucks and fleets can take to ensure their safety as we all ride out this new normal together.

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  9. Haldex And Their Precise ABS Braking System

    In 1998, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, for short) released new regulations that required that trailers use anti-lock braking systems (or ABS, as it’s commonly known). This was a measure to increase safety across the board, as ABS is a precise and electronically efficient way to smoothly stop your vehicle without the wheels locking up and your trailer from sliding and swerving behind you.

    While 1998 was over 20 years ago, we’re pretty positive that your truck operates on the same system today. But like any other parts or systems, some work better than others and are more reliable and efficient. So who better than to provide those service aftermarket for your truck than a brand that had been producing ABS systems for over 25 years before they were required in 1998?

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  10. Get A PowerEdge on Electrical Parts Spending for Your Truck

    Cutting back during a global pandemic isn’t easy. While you have no choice to cut back on restaurants and gas, all that time at home can make a person go crazy when they’re doing their online shopping. Before we know it, we’ve spent more on random stuff that we don’t need than we would have had we not been stuck at home in the first place.

    The same can be said about truck parts, believe it or not. In a global pandemic, sacrifices have to be made when ordering any parts or upgrades to your truck or any of its parts or components. However we don’t want you to skimp out on safety or effectiveness, so we’ve come up with a solid brand as a solution in the electrical parts space.

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