Truck News



  • MAT HD acquires Stemco brake business

    September 26, 2019 1:18PM by John G Smith

    LONGVIEW, Texas – Stemco and its parent company — EnPro Industries — have sold a Rome, Georgia brake business to MAT HD, a subsidiary of MAT Holdings. The sold business produces brake shoes, brake kits and lined shoes for medium-

  • Surprise brake blitz grounds 16%

    August 8, 2019 10:32AM by John G Smith

    GREENBELT, Md. – Roadside inspectors placed 16.1% of vehicles out of service for brake-related issues on May 15, during a surprise inspection blitz coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). There were 10,358 commercial vehicles inspected overall, meaning 1,667

  • Brake Safety Week to focus on brake hoses, tubing

    June 18, 2019 11:39AM by John G Smith

    GREENBELT, Md. – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is scheduling its annual Brake Safety Week for Sept. 15-22, and will place a particular focus on brake hoses and tubing. Brake hoses and tubing needs to be properly attached, undamaged,

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    Fras-le expands brake lineup

    January 31, 2019 2:05PM by John G Smith

    Fras-le has expanded its lineup of hydraulic brake pads and added a new value-priced friction material called durbloc into the mix. Pins and other features in a related Mechanical Retention System (MRS) have been designed to help keep water from

  • Fras-le expands brake lineup

    January 30, 2019 3:28PM by John G Smith

    Fras-le has expanded its lineup of hydraulic brake pads and added a new value-priced friction material called durbloc into the mix. Pins and other features in a related MRS (Mechanical Retention System) have been designed to help keep water from

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    Cardone unveils brake program

    December 11, 2018 10:09AM by John G Smith

    Cardone Industries is launching a complete heavy-duty brake program that includes air disc calipers, brake pads, rotors, and other accessories for Class 7 and 8 vehicles. While engineered and tested to meet or exceed OE performance, the products will save

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    Meritor’s Elsa brakes go hydraulic

    September 21, 2018 12:06PM by John G Smith

    Meritor is offering optional hydraulic actuation on all ELSA disc brakes for applications that require hydraulic disc brake variants. The traditional mechanical, pneumatically operated brake housing is replaced by a hydraulic single- or twin-piston variant. The bridge, carrier and slide

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    Want to spot brake defects? ‘Bend at the waist’

    September 7, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Brakes are a focus of roadside enforcement officers every day of the year, but the focus will intensify later this month during Brake Safety Week. Scheduled for Sept. 16-22, the week coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) combines education initiatives and inspections alike, depending on the jurisdiction. It has traditionally allowed enforcement teams to shine a light on a variety of systems and issues.

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    Stop and Think: Strategies to avoid brake violations

    September 7, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Despite steady enforcement initiatives such as Brake Safety Day, a part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program, brake-related defects continue to be a leading cause of out-of-service violations. But fleet maintenance departments have a direct impact on a fleet’s violation rate, since routine maintenance can prevent many of the defects found at roadside.

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    Where’s the credit, CVSA?

    July 19, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance just published the results of its unannounced Brake Safety Day enforcement initiative, which took place on April 25.

  • Brake blitz grounds 12.4% in Canada

    July 17, 2018 11:20AM by John G Smith

    GREEBELT, Md. – A surprise Brake Safety Day inspection blitz in Canada and the U.S. put 1,595 trucks out of service for brake violations on April 25, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reports. There were 11,531 inspections conducted overall,

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    Clear the Air: Don’t be sidelined by a failing air compressor

    March 16, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    TORONTO, Ont. — Admit it. A truck’s air system probably isn’t your most pressing maintenance concern. The systems are pretty reliable, and beyond changing the air-dryer desiccant cartridge every couple of years, you probably don’t give the rest of the system any more attention than it absolutely needs. While its primary function is supplying air for the brake system — an important task in its own right — other components on the truck need air, too. Automated transmissions, for example, and certain emissions system components.

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    Haldex partners with Fras-le on disc brakes

    January 24, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    LAS VEGAS, NV – Haldex is bringing its Air Disc Brakes to North America with a “big bang,” says Walter Frankiewicz, president and senior vice president, Haldex North America.

    The company announced during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week that it is offering a full line of all-makes Air Disc Brake pad repair kits through a partnership with Fras-le.

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    IN PRINT — What happens when drums and discs mix?

    November 6, 2017 12:00AM by Jim Park

    Now that air disc brakes have taken their place in North American truck makers’ order books, fleets are still asking questions about mixing discs and drums. Are there serious downsides to running discs only on the steer axle? Should I worry about mixing disc-equipped trailers with drum-equipped tractors or vice versa?

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    Bendix upgrading brakes and electronics

    September 29, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ATLANTA, GA – “Push them in, the wheels spin.” It’s one of the first things that many driver trainees memorize when learning how to use the yellow tractor protection control valve and red trailer supply valve. Now Bendix is preparing to release a new generation of the controls among a series of new product releases coming in 2018.