Those who sell truck parts must prepare for a changing world
The business of selling truck parts is, well, a big business by every measure. The aftermarket that cares for Canada’s Class 6-8 trucks, trailers and container chassis was worth an estimated $4.06 billion last year, according to analysts at MacKay and Company. And the mergers and acquisitions among component suppliers are underway at a breakneck pace.
The top technical trucking tips and tricks of 2019
TORONTO, Ont. – Whether you’re looking to improve shop efficiency, prevent wheel fires, tackle trailer wiring issues, or get the most from your oil, we’re always on the lookout for technical information that could help to guide your operation. Here’s a selection of some of the trucking tips, tricks and guidance that Today’s Trucking delivered during 2019.
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.
Opinion: Rust never sleeps, but what’s your biggest truck maintenance headache?
What’s your biggest maintenance headache? I actually do want to know because, believe it or not, planning for next spring’s Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit on April 15 is already underway. It’s at a preliminary stage, for sure, but we’re already at it. We haven’t yet held a meeting of the dozen or so members of the advisory council that helps us devise the program, but individually we’re creating short lists of subjects to cover.
Is your truck getting the most out of its oil?
TORONTO, Ont. -- The last truck I owned was a 1991 Peterbilt 379 with a Detroit Series 60 engine. I had to change the oil in that thing every 10,000 miles (16,000 km). At about $200 a pop every time I pulled the drain plug, oil changes took a significant bite out of my maintenance budget. I'm not in a big hurry to buy another truck, but I have to say I'm envious of current truck owners who can get away with two or three oil changes per year -- in some cases, maybe only one.
Searching for the right wheel bearing adjustments
TORONTO, Ont. -- The tolerable end play for truck wheel bearings lies somewhere between the thickness of a human hair and a sheet of paper. In other words, it's perfectly acceptable to adjust wheel bearings so that they are just a little bit loose, but not too loose. How do you set your end play?
Keep Connected: Maintenance tips for electronic and electric truck systems
TORONTO, Ont. -- The ever-growing number of sensors and electrical systems mean vehicle components are more interconnected than ever before – adding a layer of complexity to troubleshooting efforts, and requiring a broader approach to diagnostic procedures.