Jim Park was a CDL driver and owner-operator from 1978 until 1998, when he began his second career as a trucking journalist. During that career transition, he hosted an overnight radio show on a Hamilton, Ontario radio station and later went on to anchor the trucking news in SiriusXM's Road Dog Trucking channel. Jim is a regular contributor to Today's Trucking and Trucknews.com, and produces Focus On and On the Spot test drive videos.
Dana to drive Canadian hydrogen fuel cell project
EDMONTON, Alta. -- When the Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project begins next year, the two 140,000-pound B-train tractor-trailers to be used in the test will be driven by Dana's Spicer Electrified e-Propulsion systems with TM4 SUMO HP motor-inverters.
Test Drive: Hendrickson ZMD suspension delivers shockingly smooth ride — without shocks
TORONTO, Ont. -- Hendrickson's Zero Maintenance Damping (ZMD) technology was originally unveiled as a maintenance strategy, but equipment editor Jim Park says the trailer suspension also delivers a surprisingly smooth ride.
Maintenance wizard Arthur Fraser passes away
They cut people from slightly different cloth in Northern Ontario, and Arthur Fraser (Art to his friends), was a fellow who cut his own cloth. He had a way with heavy equipment, and he seemed to be able to figure up a way through just about any mechanical conundrum. He was one of those guys you could always go to for an answer.
How to prevent wheel fires
TORONTO, Ont. -- Wheel end fires, while uncommon, are not rare. They usually make the papers and the TV news websites, though. They can produce dramatic footage of thick black smoke and flames consuming an entire trailer – and the tractor, if the driver can’t get the two units unhooked fast enough.
Save wheel money through refinishing
TORONTO, Ont. -- Nasty-looking wheels, all covered with rust and cracked paint, are pretty well an invitation to a roadside DOT inspection. Rusty wheels may not reflect the attention to detail your fleet usually brings to the maintenance game, but they don't send the right message to the creeper cops. For about half the cost of a new steel wheel, refinishing is a cost-effective alternative to new wheels.
Wheel maintenance a game of millimeters
TORONTO, Ont. -- Wheels do not require much maintenance, but they do suffer their share of problems. From the damage during tire service, to cracking and bending from daily wear and tear -- and corrosion -- your wheels are under constant attack. Recognizing that wheels won't last forever is the first step in improving service life.