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Truck maintenance tips from Midwest Peterbilt Service Managers.
  • Winter Starting Nighttime temperatures are falling well below freezing. Will your truck start in the morning? Peterbilt Service Managers offer several battery tips to help spark your truck's starting system this winter.
  • Winter Driving Don’t wait for the snow to fly before you get your truck ready for winter driving. In addition to getting your oil changed and anti-freeze checked, our Peterbilt Service Managers recommend these products to help you drive safer during the frigid months ahead.
  • Top 5 Winter-Prep Tips Now that fall is here, view our Peterbilt Service Managers' "Top 5 Winter-Prep Tips" to get your truck ready for cold weather driving.
  • RSD Brakes Doug Sharp, senior account manager for Bendix Brakes, gave an overview of the federal reduced stopping distance regulation.
  • Rapid Check Lanes Midwest Peterbilt Group service shops have now established “Rapid Check Bays” through which they can provide expedited truck service assessments within two hours.
  • DEF Blanket Prepare for the next Polar Vortex with a DEF Blanket - the first line of protection against extreme cold conditions and can help prevent freeze ups.
  • Air Dryer Cartridges should be replaced at least once a year, according to Peterbilt Service Managers. It is best to replace your truck’s air dryer cartridge in the fall and get the moisture out of your truck’s air system before it freezes in the winter.
  • Brake Clinic advises on RSD issues Peterbilt of Lincoln sponsored a seminar on Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) Brakes, which provided important information for customers and Peterbilt employees.
  • Keeping Your CAC Cool The Charge Air Cooler (CAC) is an important component for good engine efficiency. A dirty or failed CAC can reduce engine horsepower up to 50% and cause exhaust emissions to climb outside limits.
  • Hot Weather Tips Before hot weather arrives, be sure to check your belts — fan belt and alternator belt — and hoses for cuts, abrasions and wear. Better to have us replace them sooner, rather than call a tow truck later.
  • Malfunctioning Lights is a maintenance issue that a truck driver can easily overlook during a daytime pre-trip inspection. Some Federal/state inspectors will cite any malfunctioning truck or trailer lamp as a safety violation.
  • Operation ROADCHECK Will your truck pass without a violation? Not all violations are scored the same.
  • Put the brakes on Roadcheck violations! Inspectors will check for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts throughout the braking system. They will also listen for air leaks and ensure the air system maintains pressure between 90-100 psi.
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll (Undercarriage Diagnostics) Undercarriage mechanical faults not only cause breakdowns and mishaps, they also cause components to wear out prematurely, reduce fuel mileage and increase operating costs.
  • Frigid Weather Truck Care Today’s ultra low sulfur fuels are more susceptible to jelling. Fuel pumps in modern diesel engines return less warmed fuel back to the tank. How can truckers better prevent their fuel line from freezing?