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October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, CK-4, Shell Rotella, Ford Super Duty, Ford

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Are Your Drivers Pencil Whipping Their DVIRs?

It’s important for drivers to do a proper walk-around of their vehicles and to complete a driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) every day. This way, your maintenance provider can be on top of needed repairs before they become catastrophic failures.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Inspections, Vehicle Safety

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away

Brodsky

Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Tags: Retreads, RTA, Obituary, In Memoriam

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

How to Get Your Fleet Vehicles Winter-Ready

Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Here is a list of items to check — and repair if needed — to keep your fleet vehicles up-to-date on maintenance and help keep drivers safe during winter road conditions.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Winter Driving, Vehicle Safety

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: 12 Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

Pep Boys lists 12 commonly made maintenance mistakes that can be costly in the long run.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Driver Safety Tips, Pep Boys, Safety

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Spotting Signs of Misaligned Wheels

Pep Boys and CNET provide advice on how to recognize symptoms of wheel misalignment.

Tags: Maintenance, Driver Safety Tips, Pep Boys, Suspensions, Safety

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Summer Heat

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

AAA offers seasonal advice to help drivers protect their vehicles during soaring temperatures.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Safety, First-Aid Kits

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Driveshaft Issue

Photo of Ford Transit van courtesy of Ford.

The safety compliance recall covers more than 370,000 2015- to 2017-model year vehicles in the U.S.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, 2015-MY, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Opens Denver Locations

Rush Truck Centers' new Denver facilities expand the dealer network to 108 stores in 21 states. Photo: Jim Park

Rush Truck Centers' new Denver facilities expand the network to 108 stores in 21 states. Jim Park has the story.

Tags: Isuzu, Peterbilt, Rush Truck Centers, Ford

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Tire Maintenance

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

In recognition of National Tire Safety Week, here are some tire maintenance tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Driver Safety Tips, Tires, NHTSA, Safety

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder to Distribute, Service Workhorse Trucks

Photo: Workhorse

Ryder System has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Workhorse Group that makes Ryder the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America, Ryder has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Alternative Fuels, Ryder, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Drones, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Check Engine Light Repairs Rise 2.7%

Graphic courtesy of CarMD.

A newly released report from CarMD also finds that the most common problem triggering onboard diagnostics is a faulty oxygen sensor.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Vehicle Repairs, Safety

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Opens Parts Distribution Center in Va.

Photo of Mopar facility in Winchester, Va., courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler has opened its new Mopar parts distribution center in Winchester, Va., that will ship 9.2 million parts annually from a 400,000-square-foot facility, FCA has announced.

Tags: Mopar, Parts and Service, FCA

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers CK-4 Alternative Oil for Super Duty Diesels

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford is recommending the use of a new Motorcraft diesel engine oil for its Super Duty trucks and warning fleet and commercial customers to avoid using most new CK-4 or FA-4 oils because they may cause damage to the engine, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, Ford, Motorcraft, Ford Super Duty, CK-4

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers Replacement Parts for Non-Ford Vehicles

Omnicraft

Ford’s Customer Service Division has launched Omnicraft, an all-new brand of replacement parts that will be available to all Ford dealers.

Tags: Ford, Parts and Service

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Pep Boys Acquires Just Brakes Repair Chain

Photo: Dwight Burdette

Pep Boys has acquired the privately-held Just Brakes chain of repair and maintenance stores in a deal that will increase the chain's network to more than 900 locations.

Tags: Pep Boys, Mergers & Acquisitions, Repair Shops

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

Tags: Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Antifreeze

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Top 10 News of 2016 on Business Fleet

(Clockwise l to r) The Grateful Grail customizes Ford Transit van as mobile coffee shop; F-150 is part of Ford's recall of transmissions at risk for unexpectedly downshifting; CleanFUEL USA files for bankruptcy; Jeep adds two Grand Cherokee models for 2017, including the Trailhawk.

The top 10 Business Fleet news stories of 2016 covered several topics including vehicle recalls, vehicle add-ons, and safety scores.

Tags: Recalls, Safety, Vehicle Conversion, vehicle research

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Responding to the TPMS Light

Here are tips on how to respond to the tire pressure monitoring system warning light.

Tags: Driver Safety, Bridgestone, Driver Safety Tips, Tires, NHTSA

August 16, 2016 - Press Release

Fleetio Launches Mobile Vehicle Inspections

Screenshots courtesy of Fleetio.

Fleetio has begun offering a Web-based software module that provides an alternative to paper-based vehicle inspections for fleets, the company has announced.

Tags: Fleetio, Mobile Apps, Inspections

August 16, 2016 - Press Release

ARI 's Fleet Health Tool Identifies Higher-Cost Vehicles

Screenshot courtesy of ARI.

ARI has begun offering the Fleet Health Card, an analytical tool that helps fleet managers identify problematic vehicles that have the biggest impact on cost and reliability.

Tags: Maintenance Costs, ARI, Online Tool, Big Data

July 22, 2016 - Industry News

Tread Depth Violations Highlight Tire-Focused Roadcheck

The number of inspections with tire violations shows the increased enforcement activity during Roadcheck. Graph: Vigillo

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz this year focused on tires, and an analysis of inspection data shows that tread depth was by far the most common violation cited.

Tags: Inspections, Tires, Roadcheck, Vigillo

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Pioneering 3D Parts

Mercedes-Benz Trucks already successfully produces 30 spare parts with the latest 3D SLS printing processes. (PHOTO: DAIMLER)

Owners of Mercedes-Benz trucks will soon be installing genuine plastic replacement parts that have been produced on a 3D printer.

Tags: 3D Printing, Parts Printing, Global

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Is Top Tier Gas Worth the Price?

AAA's Fuel Quality Research did an intake valve comparison. Photo courtesy of AAA.

According to AAA research, non-Top Tier gasoline caused 19 times more engine deposits than Top Tier brands, but three-quarters of U.S. drivers still pick a gas station based on location and price instead of the quality of gas.

Tags: Gasoline, AAA, Gas Prices, Fuel Efficiency, Top Tier

July 6, 2016 - Industry News

Mopar Express Lane Opens 1,000th Facility

Mopar Express Lane opened its 1,000th store in the United States in Bradley, Illinois.

Tags: Mopar, FCA, Magneti Marelli

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