Monday, January 14, 2019

1948 Chevrolet 515 Holmes

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This is a 1948 COE Chevrolet Truck with a Holmes 515 bed mounted on the back. Peter Aspesi purchased this truck in 1996 from Gannon Chevrolet in Westboro, Massachusetts. It was the first Holmes 515 in the area and Peter did a complete restoration and finished the truck in 2000. Warren Roosevelt purchased the truck from Peter in 2005 after displaying the unit at an ATHS Truck show in Syracuse, New York. Just another great addition to our museum family!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Road Service Details - A & T Road Service

A&T “Mobile” Truck Road Service is a 24-hour, 7-days a week roadside mobile truck repair service for light and medium-duty to heavy duty commercial trucks. We will go just about anywhere for anything, at any time. At A&T “Mobile” Truck Road Service we like to think of ourselves as the “Ambulance Service for Trucks.” If your truck is broken down, we will come to you and perform the necessary triage to get you back on the road. A&T now includes towing, load adjustments and more.

We repair engines, axles, brakes, electrical, hydraulic, tires and wheels, trailers, air brakes and hoses, transmissions and we even do a little body repair when needed. We carry replacement parts and all the tools we need to get whatever needs fixing done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Most of the time, we can do the repairs at the site of the truck breakdown.

If we need to take it to our shop, we have a full-service truck repair facility with the capability to service and repair virtually any truck or trailer. We now offer in-house towing, load adjustments, fuel delivery, crane inspections, glass replacement, vehicle rentals, vehicle storage, welding, new and used tire replacement, liftgate repair and service, and welding services.

At our facility, we have tens of thousands of parts, fittings, filters (we have one of the largest selections of Baldwin filters in the U.S.), brake linings, belts, hoses, brake drums, electrical parts–you name it and we probably have it and if not, we can get it very, very quickly. We have a large selection of Grote lighting products including LED. We stock a huge selection of Goodyear belts and hoses for all truck uses. Our entire business at North Bay Truck Center and A&T Road Service is fixing your truck right the first time in the minimum amount of time.

We are also available to come to your shop for repairs and routine service of your fleet in order to keep your downtime to a minimum and your business moving and prosperous.
 
A&T “Mobile” Truck Road Service is a part of the BIT Inspection Program and is able to do inspections for you on-site. We are DOT Certified and all BIT inspections are performed utilizing DOT/BIT Inspectors. A&T “Mobile” Truck Road Service meets all requirements under Title 49 of the DOT Inspectors Guide.

You can find more information about the CalBit Program and the requirements at their Website.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Techs see increase in after treatment system, electronics-related repairs



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Maintenance on Class 8 tractors is increasing in complexity as the amount of technology and electronic controls increase, and technicians say they have seen a jump in the repairs they are performing on after treatment systems and electronic systems.


Maintenance on Class 8 tractors is increasing in complexity as the amount of technology and electronic controls increase, and technicians say they have seen a jump in the repairs they are performing on after treatment systems and electronic systems.

During the recent Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) 2018 National Technician Skills Competition, which brings together truck service and repair technicians from across the country to test their knowledge and abilities, Michael Kerfoot, a technician for TravelCenters of America (TA); Phillip Pinter, a tech for FedEx; and Kyle Ballard, a technician for Clarke Power Services, each took home awards. All three agree that when it comes to maintaining today's heavy-duty trucks, the job has gotten much more complex than it was in years past for a variety of reasons.

Pinter, the 2018 TMC SuperTech Grand Champion, said after treatment systems and engines are continually increasing in complexity. “With more complexity, there are greater challenges," he said.

Kerfoot said the number of after treatment systems he sees in the shop has increased as systems are coming out of warranty. Most of the time, systems simply need a diesel particulate filter cleaned or replaced. Normal run time for the filters, which is set by EPA regulations, averages between 200,000 and 350,000 miles, but recommended cleaning intervals are different for each engine OEM.

TravelCenters of America utilizes the Enviromotive 9000 series cleaning equipment, which consists of at least a soot scale, a flow tester, a blast cabinet and regeneration oven, said Kevin Lindsey, assistant manager for technical development for TA. The company also has Noregon J-PRO diagnostic software at all locations and some locations have engine OEM-specific software.

Lindsey said upstream engine issues with after treatment systems usually derive from an air/fuel ratio problem. “These become more labor intensive as far as troubleshooting the root cause is concerned,” he said, adding that the time and expense associated with an after treatment system depends on the issue.

A scheduled maintenance interval cleaning could be done in just a few hours and for less than$1,500.00 or so, Lindsey said. “An up-stream failure can lead to significantly more diagnostic time, versus a simple maintenance cleaning, along with more labor time involved for the troubleshooting and the repair as well as parts costs,” he added.

Mark McLean, a technician for FedEx and the 2017 SuperTech Grand Champion, said the increased electronics and communication needed in today’s vehicles means the data busses are heavily loaded, and he has seen more issues arising with them. When talking to students and new techs entering the field, McLean said he emphasizes the growing role of electricity. “Everything is electronic now—smart modules, smart circuits,” he said. “The number one thing you can do is understand electrical systems and you can be a very valuable asset. That is where everything is going.”

It is important for techs to know how to use their electrical meter and to understand what it is telling them. “Once you understand that, the rest of it is pretty easy,” McLean said.

In addition to more electronic controls and sensors, Pinter added, driver comforts and hotel loads are putting extra strain on the alternator and starting charger system. Other challenges with today’s technology often center around the growing number of modules communicating with each other over the data link and getting all the modules to agree that everything is working as it should, he noted.


 Mindy Long | Dec 18, 2018

Source:  https://www.truckfleetmro.com/technology/techs-see-increase-after-treatment-system-electronics-related-repairs











Saturday, January 5, 2019

About Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)


History

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (49 U.S.C. 113). Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. Activities of the Administration contribute to ensuring safety in motor carrier operations through strong enforcement of safety regulations; targeting high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers; improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies; strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards; and increasing safety awareness. To accomplish these activities, the Administration works with Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, labor and safety interest groups, and others.

Activities
Commercial Drivers' Licenses
The Administration develops standards to test and license commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Data and Analysis
The Administration collects and disseminates data on motor carrier safety and directs resources to improve motor carrier safety.

Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
The Administration operates a program to improve safety performance and remove high-risk carriers from the Nation's highways.

Research and Technology
The Administration coordinates research and development to improve the safety of motor carrier operations and commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

Safety Assistance
The Administration provides States with financial assistance for roadside inspections and other commercial motor vehicle safety programs. It promotes motor vehicle and motor carrier safety.

Other Activities
The Administration supports the development of unified motor carrier safety requirements and procedures throughout North America. It participates in international technical organizations and committees to help share the best practices in motor carrier safety throughout North America and the rest of the world. It enforces regulations ensuring safe highway transportation of hazardous materials and has established a task force to identify and investigate those carriers of household goods which have exhibited a substantial pattern of consumer abuse.
Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014

Learn more at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

FMCSA Grants Petitions to Ensure Uniform Rest Rules in California for Truck Drivers



The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) grants petitions requesting a determination that the State of California’s Meal and Rest Break rules are preempted under 49 U.S.C. § 31141 as applied to property carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers covered by the FMCSA’s Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.

FMCSA is granting this petition to ensure uniform and consistent rules in order to promote safety and economic growth. Drivers, consumers, and job creators are best served by reliable and consistent rules.

This action prioritizes safety, jobs, and uniformity for truck drivers.

Learn more at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/fmcsa-grants-petitions-ensure-safe-and-uniform-rest-rules-california-truck-drivers


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Avoiding brake-related CSA citations



The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s CSA violations should be an unnecessary problem, especially since they can lead to costly delays, and unexpected downtime may cause fleets to lose customers not only because of delays.