Equipment

Note a warranty’s caps on individual repairs and cumulative (“aggregate”) repairs, which might not offer the protection you desire during the contract’s term. This story was originally published in September 2017. Warranties for used trucks come in a wide range of prices, coverage and lengths. You can’t truly weigh the value of any particular warranty,
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Maintenance violations are by far the biggest single contributor to the Motor Carrier Management Information System database that underpins CSA, accounting for on the order of 70-plus percent of the total violations contained therein. While you can’t influence how bad a roadside or weigh-station inspector’s day has been before you see him, you can make
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Former Landstar-leased owner-operator Gary Buchs recalled making a final delivery to a long-time customer and telling his contact that he was retiring. After offering congratulations, the contact retrieved from a Rolodex a business card Buchs had left when he made his first delivery some years prior, noting that Buchs had been called three or four
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With Brake Safety Week starting Sunday, keep in mind this longtime resource when it comes to brakes maintenance, CVSA out-of-service criteria and more: Overdrive sister magazine CCJ‘s 10th edition of the “Air Brake Book,” released last year, added a number of updates, including perhaps most significantly new information on air disc brake market penetration and the things
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The market for used trucks, favored by owner-operators in a majority of purchases, has been good in recent times. Thanks to a higher volume of newer used trucks becoming available, prices have dropped. Also, interest rates, particularly for those with good credit, are in owner-operators’ favor. EVALUATE COMPONENTS AND FUEL EFFICIENCY. The model alone tells
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A new online used equipment marketplace, Equipment Experts, offers users comprehensive data from many sellers and additional information useful in shopping. The website, equipmentexperts.com, was launched this summer by Overdrive’s publisher, Randall-Reilly. Equipment Experts carries used equipment for trucking and other industries. “Buyers gain access to the most robust equipment data on the web to
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If an automatic slack adjuster’s stroke is too long, it takes away from the brake’s force. Automatic brake adjusters don’t need a lot of attention, but they certainly don’t fall in the set-it-and-forget-it category. Periodic inspection and lubrication are critical to optimal performance. When the brake is applied, a rod pushes out on the slack
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Newer compounds used to make rubber hoses have improved their lifecycle dramatically, but they haven’t changed the physics involved. Friction, pressure and heat still can cause component wear, even to the ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) hoses in use today. Hose failures lead to more than half of all radiator coolant hose replacements, according to
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The Partners in Business program is sponsored by TBS Factoring. Preventive maintenance ensures your truck is running efficiently. Check your current miles per gallon at each fill, and if it falls off, determine the reason. Check often enough to catch low oil, a dirty air filter or an air compressor leak. Don’t use a higher-viscosity
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Trucking news & briefs for Thursday, April 9: National hours of service waiver extended as coronavirus emergency persistsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Wednesday that, because the COVID-19 emergency continues, the agency is extending the nationwide hours of service exemption until May 15. FMCSA’s notice also expands the conditions of the waiver to include liquefied gases
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Interstate’s absorbed glass mat battery line provides high cranking and extreme deep-cycle power for auxiliary power units or other added amenities. The batteries are built to withstand extreme temperatures. With the addition of components such as sensors, cameras and collision mitigation radar, truck batteries are more challenged than ever. More truck owners are seeing the
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The Partners in Business program is sponsored by TBS Factoring. Getting an engine oil analysis is a great way to determine engine wear problems before they cause too much damage. It can also cut costs by giving you a precise reading on whether your oil has exhausted its lifespan and needs to be changed to
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More than half of on-highway Peterbilts spec’d in 2019 had a Paccar MX-13 or MX-11 engine, leaving the others to Cummins’ larger X15. In Classes 5-7, more customers are showing interest in gasoline power. With engineers squeezing more power from a tighter engine footprint, smaller-displacement engines have found favor with owners looking to shed a
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