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    Brakes, Tire & Wheel

    Tips to implement more efficient brake changes

    Jan. 4, 2024
    Beyond keeping roadways safe, proper brake inspections and service help maintain performance, minimize downtime, and lower total cost of ownership.
    1143496188 | Delmaine Donson | Getty Images, 211169408 | Leigh Prather | Dreamstime

    Truck parts tug of war: OE vs. aftermarket?

    Jan. 2, 2024
    Conventional wisdom dictates that aftermarket parts are more cost-effective, while OEs have had the edge on performance. But modern fleets have found data, not stereotypes, drive...
    Photo courtesy of Cody Clegg
    Shop Operations

    The delicate art of overachieving

    Dec. 21, 2023
    Last issue I asked our readers to nominate someone they work with who deserves recognition for their stellar performance. The idea stemmed from meeting so many hard-working professional...
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    Employees & Training

    Using work perks to perk up shop retention

    Dec. 19, 2023
    Showing appreciation for a technician’s work is more than a kind thing to do. It’s a solid business practice for recruitment and retention.
    Erin Brown
    Shop Operations

    Fleet Maintenance Overachievers of the Year: 2023 full list

    Dec. 19, 2023
    You can’t succeed in commercial vehicle maintenance without a good work ethic, but some take it to another level. Here are the six overachievers our judges selected as the best...

    More content from December 2023

    Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.
    Battery & Electrical

    Analysis: The dark side of electrification

    Dec. 15, 2023
    There’s a lot to like about the commercial vehicle industry switching to EVs, but some serious issues need to be addressed before scaling the technology.
    Phillips Industries
    Trailers, Towing & Specialty

    PERMALITE Apex and PERMALITE Apex Motion

    Nov. 29, 2023
    Bright, interior corner trailer lights for dry vans and reefers

    Knock Sensors

    Nov. 29, 2023
    Now cover Ford, Ram, and more makes
    Omnia Advanced Materials
    Brakes, Tire & Wheel

    NoVibeHeat brake SHIM

    Dampens high-frequency squeals
    Marathon Brake Systems
    Brakes, Tire & Wheel

    Air disc brake calipers and chambers

    Nov. 28, 2023
    Designed to meet many aftermarket air disc brake applications
    Panasonic Corporation of America

    Auto Darkening Welding Helmet, No. YA4609

    Nov. 28, 2023
    Comes in black with a multi-color eagle graphic
    Michelin North America
    Brakes, Tire & Wheel

    My TechXpert App

    Includes tire specs, part numbers, and training videos
    Motive Technologies
    Chassis, Body & Cab

    Asset Gateway Mini

    Nov. 27, 2023
    Compact, versatile, and discreet
    Aperia Technologies
    Brakes, Tire & Wheel

    Halo Tire Management

    Nov. 27, 2023
    Offers predictive TPMS and analytics
    Shop Equipment

    Creeper, No. 510098

    Nov. 27, 2023
    Oil and acid resistant
    Ascot Supply
    1/2" Drive Composite Impact Wrench with Extended Anvil
    199976822 | Welcomia | Dreamstime
    Employees & Training

    Fewer techs want to leave vehicle maintenance trade, WrenchWay says

    Nov. 20, 2023
    WrenchWay recently released its 2023 Voice of Technician survey, which found that fewer technicians had considered leaving the trade than in 2022 by almost 30%.
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    Trailers, Towing & Specialty

    Snow problem: Equipment to handle winter weather

    When ice and snow coat the roads, plows, lights, and tire chains can help fleets keep moving.
    Meyer Products
    Trailers, Towing & Specialty

    Road Pro 36-Series snow plow

    Nov. 16, 2023
    Suited for 26,000 - 33,000 GVW trucks
    226194083 | Aaron Amat | Dreamstime | 73140849 | Tamara Lee Harding | Dreamstime | 55678178 | Kathryn Sidenstricker | Dreamstime
    Safety & Technology

    Anti-theft device stops ‘cat’ burglars in their tracks

    Nov. 16, 2023
    Active Cat from Accelerated Solutions Group deters catalytic converter theft using a vehicle's existing knock sensors and alarm system.
    Redline Emissions | 47639198 | Dreamstime
    DPF jail
    Emissions & Efficiency

    Wrongfully condemned: How to give DPFs a clean record

    Nov. 14, 2023
    Just because a DPF looks dirty doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a second chance, though some should be sentenced to the scrap yard. Here’s how to tell if you can clean or replace...
    Trailers, Towing & Specialty

    Drawer System

    Nov. 10, 2023
    Offers weatherproof, lockable storage containers

    18V 3/8" Drive MonsterLithium Cordless Impact Wrench, No. CT9038

    Nov. 10, 2023
    Delivers 525 ft-lb of bolt breakaway torque
    Milwaukee Tool
    Automatic 6528587c1e1ee

    Automatic Wire Stripper, No. 48-22-3083

    Oct. 18, 2023
    Features a built-in cutter
    Hunter Engineering Company
    Hawkeye Xl Web
    Shop Equipment

    HawkEye XL

    Aligns trucks, trailers, buses, and more
    Safety & Technology

    FM 6510 dashcam

    Oct. 9, 2023
    Offers both detection and driver coaching
    Goodyear Armor Max ESD tire
    Tub O' Towels
    Heavy duty cleaner and degreaser spray by Tub O' Towels
    Fluids & Chemicals

    Heavy duty cleaner and degreaser spray

    Sept. 20, 2023
    Designed to cut grease and grime on most surfaces
    Optronics International
    Stlw314 Series Led Stop turn tail Light
    Patterson Fan Company
    The Blue 2200 floor fan by Patterson Fan Company
    Shop Equipment

    The Blue 2200 floor fan

    Easily portable and perfect for shops and garages