Maintaining the Air Bag Suspension in Your Semi Truck

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Company Truck Dickinson, ND Modern tractor-trailer suspension systems are most commonly airbag suspension systems, not leaf springs anymore. The airbag systems are incredibly durable, and with proper maintenance to the system, it will last as long as older leaf spring systems did. Proper maintenance and regular inspection of the system is the best way to stay ahead of any problems that may arise with use.

Watch for Signs of System Problems

The suspension system on your truck has several jobs. The first is to cushion the ride for the driver, and the second is to cushion the ride for the cargo in the trailer. The airbags also play a role in eliminating stress on the truck and trailer from bumps in the road.

A severe jolt from a pothole or crack in the road can damage other components in the suspension system is the airbags are not working correctly. A visual inspection of the suspension system should be done regularly by the driver, especially if the driver feels a change in the handling of the truck or the suspension ride quality.

The airbags are easily accessible when a trailer is no attached to the truck, so taking a second to look at them and check for damage or cracks can be the best way to catch a failing airbag before it fails completely.

3 Ways Owner-Operators Can Keep Their Transmissions in Good Shape

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Delivery Truck Dickinson, ND If you are an owner-operator, you probably know just how expensive it can be to keep your semi-truck in good condition. If certain expensive parts become damaged, then repair costs can be very expensive. For example, a transmission replacement can be very costly, and it’s something you want to avoid if possible.

In addition to the cost of replacing a transmission, you have to worry about how your business can be impacted by a transmission issue. If your truck isn’t running, then you aren’t able to work. Luckily, you can keep your transmission in great shape by following these three tips.

The Lowdown on U-Joints

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Body under the truck Heavy-duty trucks are at the heart of many industries operating in today’s economy. Without a reliable semi, consumer goods wouldn’t be transported to retail outlets and construction companies wouldn’t be able to haul heavy loads to job sites.

A fleet of heavy-duty trucks must be meticulously maintained to ensure each vehicle is in good working condition at all times. The engine, transmission, and body of a truck are easy to maintain, but the driveline is a critical component that can go overlooked.

Of all the parts installed on a heavy-duty driveline, the U-joints are subject to the most constant movement and stress. Premature U-joint failure can be costly, so you need to understand what these vital components are and how you can better maintain them in the future.

7 Indications Your Semitruck Needs Transmission Service

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7 Indications Your Semitruck Needs Transmission Service

The transmission is one of the most important mechanical components of your semitruck. A malfunctioning transmission at the very least detracts from efficiency and could render a semitruck completely useless in severe cases.

You should have your transmission serviced at the first indications of malfunctioning to prevent additional transmission damage.

The following are seven indications to look out for that show your semitruck needs transmission service.

4 Tips for Maintaining the Suspension System on Your Semitruck

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speeding yellow semi-truck on highwayA semitruck has a lot of parts to maintain, and more miles you put on the truck, the more they need regular service. The suspension system is not normally a high-maintenance item, but you need to keep an eye on things and inspect it regularly is critical to avoid a breakdown from a broken spring or air bag damage. Here are some tips to follow.

1. Check Your Suspension Between Loads

The best time to visually inspect the suspension on your semitruck is when you are between loads. Once you disconnect the trailer and pull out, you will have a clear view of all the suspension components on the rear of the truck. Inspect the following elements.

How to Care for Truck Brakes

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When your business involves a fleet of large trucks, you have a lot of vehicle maintenance to attend to. Out of all the maintenance, however, the most important thing to take care of is your trucks’ brakes. Not doing so can pose a serious safety risk to your drivers and others on the road, not to mention a liability risk to your business.

Fortunately, you can do some key things to take better care of your fleet’s brakes and to extend their lifespan.

Instruct Your Drivers to Perfect the Art of Slowing Down

3 Things to Know About Semitruck Air Dryers

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Virtually all of the semis and other heavy-duty work trucks on the road today utilize air brakes. Air brakes have a greater reliability than hydraulic brakes, and they can ensure that you can stop your truck safely every time. Of course, even air brakes can develop problems that reduce roadway safety. Many such problems stem from damage or degradation to system components.

Unfortunately, many operators fail to understand all of the components that make up an air brake system, which can lead to neglect and a higher risk of breakdowns. If you would like to brush up on your knowledge regarding air brakes, keep reading. This article outlines three key things to know about the component known as the air dryer.

1. Air Dryers Protect Against System Contaminants

4 Key Things to Know About Wheel Bearing End Play

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The wheels on your truck experience massive amounts of stress, thanks to the fact that they remain in contact with the ground at all times. A wheel has to be strong and steady enough to resist constant jolting and bouncing while still remaining supple enough to allow your tires to rotate correctly. Your wheel bearings play a crucial role in this process.

Wheel bearings provide stability while ensuring the low-friction conditions necessary for smooth rotation. Of course, to provide reliable results, your wheel bearings require a specific amount of end play. If you would like to learn more about this vital concept, keep reading. This blog goes over four key things to know about end play.

Fix Small Overheating Diesel Problems To Manage Major Concerns

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Driving a big rig can be a challenge if a truck engine continually overheats during operation. Thankfully, this situation only has a handful of causes, each of which is a minor concern if owners take the time to get their rig repaired as quickly as possible.

Minor Reasons a Semi Truck May Overheat 

Semi drivers who experience overheating engines lose time on a haul and may experience other mechanical issues. Thankfully, an overheating engine typically serves as a warning of minor problems that require only a little repair. Just a few of these small engine concerns include:

2 Common Causes of Premature Brake Drum Wear

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Most trucks on the road today contain drum brakes powered by compressed air. Drum brakes offer reliable and effective results. Yet as time goes on, drum brakes experience a lot of wear and tear. Improperly maintained brakes accumulate such wear and tear much more quickly than they should, hastening the rate of component failure.

The drums, in particular, often succumb to premature failure as the result of maladjusted components. To make matters more complicated, a wide variety of underlying issues may affect the rate of drum brake wear. If you would like to boost your knowledge of truck brake troubleshooting, keep reading. This article investigates three factors that can lead to premature drum wear.


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