锘??xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> Back on the Road - TA Truck Service A Blog by TA & Petro Stopping Centers http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification BlogEngine.NET 3.3.5.0 en-US http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/opml.axd http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/syndication.axd My name Back on the Road 0.000000 0.000000 Engine Cooling System Maintenance Tips for Truck Drivers <p><img src="http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/image.axd?picture=/2020 Blog Posts/coolant-check.jpg" alt="technician inspecting condition of coolant" /></p> <p>Did you know that up to half of all major engine failures are a result of cooling system issues? That&rsquo;s a lot of downtime, which costs drivers big. Establishing a well-rounded preventive maintenance program is the best way to get the most value out of your equipment and maximize uptime, especially when it comes to the cooling system.</p> <p></p> <h4>Essential Duties of Cooling Systems</h4> <p>The cooling system is the primary way your engine protects itself from the heat of combustion. In other words, it keeps your engine from overheating. The primary function of the coolant is to regulate the heat and transfer it to the radiator. If a problem in the cooling system hinders that removal of heat from the engine, equipment issues and eventually engine failure will occur.</p> <p>Coolant is also used to cool doser assemblies and keep DEF tanks thawed in the winter. If coolant is leaking from the system, it can travel to the exhaust system and eventually damage aftertreatment devices as well.</p> <p>Over the years, engine cooling systems have evolved to keep up with exhaust gas recirculation and other emission and fuel efficiency technologies. Today, these systems have different coolants and metal protection strategies as the industry adapts to newer technologies, but the inspection process is still very much the same.</p> <h4>Cooling System Maintenance Tips for Maximum Uptime</h4> <p>Damage to this system can be difficult to see until it&rsquo;s too late, which is why cooling system maintenance must be included in every driver&rsquo;s preventive maintenance routine.</p> <p>Recommendations may vary from one manufacturer to another, but there are still common cooling system maintenance guidelines every driver should follow:</p> <ul> <li>Make&nbsp;sure your cooling system is properly filled with coolant at every PM interval and during pre and post-trip inspections. Most trucks have translucent tanks or a sight glass for checking coolant levels.&nbsp;</li> <li>Check&nbsp;the condition of your coolant to ensure it&rsquo;s at the optimum freeze point.&nbsp;</li> <li>Inspect&nbsp;your radiator, belts and hoses for potential failures and deterioration, especially ahead of winter.&nbsp;</li> <li>Perform a pressure test on your cooling system to make sure no leaks are present. The most common cause of cooling system issues is due to a lack of coolant as a result of leaks. Have any leaks repaired by a professional technician immediately.</li> <li>Properly&nbsp;flush the system whenever coolant is changed and be sure to use the right coolant mix and water dilution. Coolant is comprised of 50 percent water and can rust or cause metal flaking in the engine&mdash;contaminants which must be removed by flushing the system.&nbsp;</li> <li>Check&nbsp;the engine fan to ensure it cycles properly and is in good mechanical condition. Make sure the shroud and all mounting hardware are secure and in good working condition.</li> </ul> <h4>Catching Issues Early On Helps Control Maintenance Costs</h4> <p>Identifying leaks and catching issues early on is key to controlling maintenance costs. That&rsquo;s why knowing <em>when </em>to address them is also crucial. Pay attention to these warning signs and symptoms that may indicate your cooling system needs maintenance:</p> <ul> <li>Low coolant light comes on.</li> <li>Check engine light comes on.</li> <li>Engine shuts off by itself.&nbsp;</li> <li>Coolant is leaking under the engine on the ground.&nbsp;</li> <li>Heater or defroster issues.</li> <li>Temperature gauge running higher than normal.</li> </ul> <p>If you experience any of these warning signs or are due for your next PM, <a href="http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/location/">stop into a TA Truck Service shop near you</a> to see how our technicians can help. Our PM packages include more than just an oil change&mdash;choose our <a href="http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/amenities/truck-repair-maintenance/preventive-maintenance/truck-oil-change-packages">Ultimate PM</a> package and we&rsquo;ll check your coolant level and freeze point, all coolant hoses and belts for any wear and tear and more!</p> http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/cooling-system-maintenance-tips-for-truck-drivers http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/cooling-system-maintenance-tips-for-truck-drivers#comment http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=86c0a7cb-2066-4411-8823-643be0256bc5 鍛ㄤ笁, 19 鍏湀 2020 15:42:00 -0400 TA Truck Service Cooling system Preventive Maintenance TA Truck Service http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/pingback.axd http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=86c0a7cb-2066-4411-8823-643be0256bc5 0 http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/trackback.axd?id=86c0a7cb-2066-4411-8823-643be0256bc5 http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/cooling-system-maintenance-tips-for-truck-drivers#comment http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/syndication.axd?post=86c0a7cb-2066-4411-8823-643be0256bc5 Breaking it Down: Brake Safety Week Q&A with the CVSA <p><img src="http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/image.axd?picture=/2019 Blog Po/08-August/CVSA QA_Blog.jpg" alt="Semi trucks pulling into TA Truck Service shop bays." /></p> <p>The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) continues its safety efforts with their annual Brake Safety Week initiative, which will take place this Aug. 23-29. You may wonder what this means for your deliveries and how you can prepare&mdash;in addition to getting a FREE mid-trip inspection at participating TA Truck Service locations, Will Schaefer, Director of Safety Programs for the CVSA, explains.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What is Brake Safety Week and why is it important?&nbsp;<br /><strong> Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Brake Safety Week is a weeklong campaign of enforcement and spreading awareness about the importance of brake system maintenance.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>Why and when was Brake Safety Week first implemented?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Brake Safety Week was established in 1998 in Canada, since brake violations dominated the out-of-service violations found during roadside inspections in the 1990s. They remain around half of all out-of-service violations.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>Why is Brake Safety Week beneficial for professional drivers?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Brake Safety week is an opportunity both to enforce regulations and to provide outreach to highlight the importance of a properly functioning commercial vehicle braking system, which is made possible by the motor carrier or owner operator through proper vehicle maintenance, the driver pre-trip inspection, the periodic or annual preventive maintenance and general attention paid to monitoring brake system condition. Each player plays a part, and drivers are on the front lines of inspection; they suffer the consequences when brakes fail to perform.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What is this year&rsquo;s focus/emphasis and why?<br /> <strong>Schaefer: </strong>We are carrying over our focus from last year on brake hoses and tubing for a couple of reasons. Brake hose violations, particularly chafed hoses, continue to be a common brake violation. Also, we are seeking to collect more information to better understand the types of brake hose violations that are seen, expanding on what we learned last year. If hoses are actively rubbing other hoses or part of the truck body, frame or other components, this is a red flag. Inspectors check to see if hoses are worn through the reinforcement fabric of the hoses (or into the white color of the thermoplastic hoses), in which case they are out of service.</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>How can drivers prepare for Brake Safety Week?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Make sure your company, or you as an owner-operator, have checked all brakes for proper adjustment, and get them serviced if they are out-of-adjustment. Self-adjusting brakes should not be manually adjusted&mdash;this indicates something else is wrong and they should be carefully diagnosed. Conduct your pre-trip inspections thoroughly and look and listen for chafed hoses and air leaks.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What can a driver expect to happen during a stop?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>The CVSA certified inspector will check the drivers&rsquo; and motor carrier&rsquo;s credentials, explain to the driver the inspection process, and then conduct the inspection, including crawling under the truck to measure pushrod stroke on drum brakes. They will be looking at brakes, but potentially also tires, lights and all other required equipment. The inspector will provide instruction throughout, as well as a copy of an inspection report when complete. In many cases, if no critical item violations are found, they will apply a CVSA inspection decal to indicate the vehicle was recently inspected.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>How long does an average inspection take?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>While this depends on many factors, a full Level I inspection may take in the order of 45 minutes. They can take longer or less time, depending on the number of axles and specific circumstances. In some cases, inspectors are conducting only brake checks, meaning a Level IV inspection that is focused on brake measurements, but not necessarily on all other vehicle aspects. They may take less time per vehicle.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What can drivers do to make this process easier for themselves or to expedite the process?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Have your ELD or AOBRD current, know how to use it and know how to provide the inspector with your record of duty status and supporting documents. And, as mentioned before, correct any issues you see with your vehicle when they occur and before you&rsquo;re inspected.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What kinds of certificates, paperwork, etc. should drivers be prepared to hand over?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Depending on relevant factors, drivers typically need to provide:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Valid driver&rsquo;s license (CDL or otherwise) for the class of vehicle they are operating (complying with endorsements and restrictions).</li> <li>Record of duty status (via electronic logging device or ELD or Automatic On-Board Recording Device--valid until Dec. 16, 2019; any blank logs; ELD/AOBRD instruction card) if applicable and supporting documents.</li> <li>Insurance, DOT number, operating license, if applicable.</li> <li>Shipping papers/manifest (if applicable), vehicle registration, annual inspection certificate(s), and trip inspection report, if applicable.</li> <li>Any relevant hazardous materials/dangerous goods documentation or any permit paperwork (overweight/oversize) and state specific paperwork, where needed.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Will Schaefer</strong><br /> Will joined <a >CVSA</a> in 2010 and currently supports CVSA&rsquo;s vehicle, size/weight and advanced technology-related policy development, along with other committees and programs as a staff liaison. He has worked in commercial motor vehicle safety and environmental regulatory policy at the international, federal, state and provincial levels since 1999. Prior to joining CVSA, Will worked as a federal regulatory research engineer (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), a technical policy representative of industry (first at the American Trucking Associations and later with the Truck Manufacturers Association) and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy in research, development and deployment of truck and bus fuel efficiency technologies. Will earned his Class B CDL and drove Class 7 transit buses while studying to earn his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland.</p> http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/cvsa-brake-safety-week-q-and-a http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/cvsa-brake-safety-week-q-and-a#comment http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=d14a46b2-7643-484e-bb1f-55556dee56a7 鍛ㄤ竴, 10 鍏湀 2020 09:52:00 -0400 TA Truck Service TA Truck Service http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/pingback.axd http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=d14a46b2-7643-484e-bb1f-55556dee56a7 0 http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/trackback.axd?id=d14a46b2-7643-484e-bb1f-55556dee56a7 http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/cvsa-brake-safety-week-q-and-a#comment http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/syndication.axd?post=d14a46b2-7643-484e-bb1f-55556dee56a7 Protect Your Equipment with Engine Air Filter Maintenance <p><img src="http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/image.axd?picture=/2020 Blog Posts/diesel-engine-air-filter-maintenance.jpg" alt="commercial truck and diesel engine air filter" /></p> <p>Comprehensive preventive maintenance and repairing defects early on helps to control your maintenance costs. When it comes to your preventive maintenance routine, one important area not to be overlooked is your engine air filter.</p> <p></p> <p>Failure to identify when your air filter needs to be replaced can mean having to replace a $50,000 engine down the line. This makes knowing when and how to replace your air filter essential to protecting your equipment.</p> <h4>Air Filters Help Your Engine Breathe</h4> <p>The most important function of the engine air filter is to protect your entire engine against debris and contaminants. When your filter becomes too filthy, it can no longer do its job, and ends up becoming a debris of its own.</p> <p>Clean air filters are also key to fuel efficiency. Air is one of the main elements that puts your wheels in motion. Precise amounts of air combined with diesel fuel create the energy that makes your ride move. Therefore, when clean air and fuel mix, you can expect more miles per gallon from your vehicle.</p> <p>On the flip side, contaminated air makes that process more difficult. A dusty, debris-filled filter will result in air restriction, limiting the amount of air that can flow into the engine. To compensate for this, the engine works harder and as a result, consumes more fuel along the way, lowering your miles per gallon. This alone shows the benefits of a clean air filter, but it&rsquo;s not the only reason you should keep yours clean.</p> <p>A blocked air filter is also a common cause of reduced power output. As mentioned before, clogged filters make it harder for engines to draw in air. This breathing difficulty chokes up your engine, so to speak. This then drains the power out of your engine, resulting in power loss.</p> <h4>When to Replace Your Diesel Engine Air Filter</h4> <p>As a general rule of thumb, you should change your air filter after every 100,000 miles. Keep in mind, this also depends on where your route takes you. You should check it more often if you drive a short-haul operation or in salty, dusty or polluted areas.</p> <p>A restriction gauge and tracking sheet can also help you decide when to replace this filter. Every time you service your vehicle, document the restriction reading and the truck. Use logic to determine if the restriction on the gauge is realistic or just a false high reading. A false high reading, for example, can be caused when your truck is running through an abundance of rain.</p> <p>Reset the gauge, run another trip and then recheck it. If it goes past 18 to 20 inches of restriction or hits the red scale, you need to replace the filter.</p> <p>If you decide to service your own air filter, remember to NEVER remove it unless you intend to replace it. The inner seal on an air filter compresses slightly when installed. If removed and reinstalled in the air filter housing, the seal will not spring back enough to prevent the engine from pulling dirt and debris around the seal and into the engine.</p> <p>If you prefer to leave it up to professionals, <a href="http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/location/">find a TA Truck Service</a> near you and let our expert technicians do the work.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t wait until you experience engine issues to check your air filter. Schedule your preventive maintenance and replace clogged filters early on to help control your running costs and keep you on the road.</p> http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/diesel-engine-air-filter-maintenance http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/diesel-engine-air-filter-maintenance#comment http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=d0682d20-8b31-4dae-9dba-d5f21aab50bb 鍛ㄤ笁, 8 涓冩湀 2020 16:38:00 -0400 TA Truck Service Engine Air Filter TA Truck Service http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/pingback.axd http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=d0682d20-8b31-4dae-9dba-d5f21aab50bb 0 http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/trackback.axd?id=d0682d20-8b31-4dae-9dba-d5f21aab50bb http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/post/diesel-engine-air-filter-maintenance#comment http://www.saibao5.icu/blog/syndication.axd?post=d0682d20-8b31-4dae-9dba-d5f21aab50bb 久青草国产在线观看视频