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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.
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    Equipment

    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: the 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...

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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...