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Wheel end preparation in cold weather

February 8, 2019 -- Here are a few reminders on Wheel-End preparation in this cold weather...
1. Check air brake chamber housings for corrosion – or damage that could allow corrosive materials to take hold – and ensure that dust plugs are properly installed.
2. On drum-braked wheel-ends, lubricate the automatic slack adjusters, clevis pin connections, cam tubes, shafts, and bushings. Lubrication is an effective tool for combatting corrosion, since it keeps moisture at bay.
3. On wheel-ends with air disc brakes, check the guide pins and inspect the boots for tears or punctures that could permit corrosion of the caliper within. Replace any pins or boots as needed. Verify that the shear adaptor cover is in place and fully seated.
4. Ensure free movement of air disc brake pads in the carrier – remove them and clean the carrier surface with a wire brush, if necessary – and make sure that the brake moves freely on its guidance system.

We will be closed Saturday, February 2nd

February 1, 2019 -- WE WILL BE CLOSED

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Cedar Rapids and Davenport locations
For our software conversion

For emergencies please call
319-366-8238
Please leave a message on our after hours service line
Thank You

Online Ordering will be down until 2/3

February 1, 2019 -- Online ordering will be down starting at 5:00pm on Wednesday 1/30 until Sunday 2/3 for our software conversion.

If you need parts ordering assistance, please contact your local Sadler location. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you for your business.

Working with batteries safely

January 31, 2019 -- Automotive lead-acid batteries contain hydrogen-oxygen gases that can be explosive. The acid inside the battery is highly corrosive and can cause severe burns on your skin if it leaks out of the battery. To help avoid danger and injury, look down below with these safety precautions when handling and working with a lead-acid battery. Handle with care as acid could leak out if the battery is cracked or damaged.

Wear protective gear when working with batteries.
By wearing proper eye protection, this will help prevent any acid from going into your eyes. Always wear rubber gloves or mechanics gloves when pouring the acid into the battery could burn your hands. In addition to wearing proper protection, make sure to remove all types of jewelry to prevent any shocks or burns if it were to touch the battery terminals.

Keep all flames, sparks, and cigarettes away from the battery.
When working with car batteries, make sure to not smoke or cause any sparks anywhere near your work area. This could cause the battery to catch fire or even explode.

Work in a well ventilated area.
When working with car batteries, be sure you are in a well ventilated area due to batteries off-gassing harmful chemical fumes. To prevent any harmful inhalation, be sure to open a window or garage door to let the fumes out.

Never lean over the battery while boosting, testing or charging.
Any time you're working on your battery, whether its boosting, testing or charging, do not stand or lean over battery. Although it is not common, sparks or explosions can occur. It is safe practice to keep a safe distance while doing any of these tasks.

Never try to open a battery with non-removable vents.
Some batteries have removable caps to check and/or refill fluid, however, some batteries are permanently sealed. Never attempt to open a sealed battery as it could be under pressure and can explode if punctured.

Clamp installation and removal.
When jumping your vehicle, always remember that upon initial clamping, place positive first, then negative. However, when its time to remove them, always remove negative first, then positive.

- Posted on the Noco Blog

Sadler Power Partner celebrates 100 Years!

January 29, 2019 -- 2017 Sadler Power Partner of the Year

January 28, 2019 - From Truck Parts and Service Magazine:

Triangle Suspension Systems is celebrating its first 100 years as a major supplier to the heavy-duty aftermarket in 2019.

During a press conference held Monday in conjunction with Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2019 in Las Vegas, Triangle gave an overview of the company and presented plans for the future.

Triangle Spring Company was founded in 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and relocated from the Golden Triangle (the convergence of the three rivers in Pittsburgh) to its current location in DuBois, Pa., in 1927. The company was acquired by Marmon Group in 1969 and today Triangle Suspension Systems is a Marmon Highway Technologies/Berkshire Hathaway company

Triangle President George Koerner says Triangle services the heavy-duty aftermarket through a loyal customer base of over 1,400 authorized dealers. Triangle branded products include core products of Triangle leaf springs, Flagg suspension components and Continental/ContiTech air springs for heavy-, medium- and light-duty trucks and trailers.

Vice President, Sales and Marketing Vince Roth says Triangle springs are manufactured in DuBois, Pa., and have been American made, using U.S. steel, since the company’s founding in 1919. There are currently more than 6,000 multi-leaf spring and parabolic (taper) spring active SKUs available to the aftermarket. Roth says all of the company’s spring products are built to a meet or exceed all genuine OE specifications. Triangle offers custom engineered solutions for unique applications, such as its Flagg suspension line with more than 7,000 active part numbers covering the entire suspension undercarriage.

“We understand the need to diversify our product offerings,” Roth says.

As for its 20-year partnership with Continental/ContiTech, Roth says Triangle offers more than 400 SKUs and patented software to help distributors and end users find the correct air spring at any time.

Additionally, he notes Triangle’s WebSST online catalog tool provides distributors and installers essential technical information to ensure they order the correct components and related parts to complete repairs as quickly as safely as possible. “We make it as easy as we possibly can” for distributors to order replacement parts, Roth says.

Koener also states it consistently provides value to their customers with high-quality products, problem solutions, strong technical support, engineering expertise and a commitment to reliability and on-time delivery. “We believe people are our most important asset,” he says. “Customers, employees, and suppliers have all played a major part in our success and we know it doesn’t happen without all of them.”

Within the aftermarket, Koerner says Triangle has three distribution centers in the U.S., and ships any order placed before 3 p.m. same day. “We say what we do; we do not make promises we can’t keep,” he says.

The company says continued investment in product development, innovation, manufacturing, and technology as well as expanding their distribution network are on the horizon as Triangle embarks on their second 100 years. Koerner says Triangle is “up to the challenge,” and will continue to invest in its business.

“We’ll never lose sight of our customers’ needs,” he says.

Triangle is exhibiting its products and services in Booth 215 during HDAW.

Weather Announcement - Tuesday 1/22 delivery schedule

January 22, 2019 -- Weather Announcement - Tuesday Delivery

Cedar Rapids:
Drivers will proceed out and determine delivery schedule based on road conditions.

Davenport:
Will be running a southern route, all other drivers will be staying in.

Dubuque:
Will be running a Highway 20 route. Other drivers will be staying in.

Waterloo:
Drivers will proceed out and will determine delivery schedule based on road conditions.

If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call your local Sadler location. We will keep you up to date with any changes.

We thank you for your continued business and your understanding. Please be safe if doing any traveling today!

Valley Truck Parts named 2018 Sadler "Power Partner" of the Year

January 9, 2019 -- http://www.sadlerpowertrain.com/video-gallery.html

Sadler Power Train revealed the recipient of the company’s 2018 “Power Partner of the Year” award, honoring the top vendor partner for excellence in products, performance, customer service and partnership.

“We’re pleased to honor this year’s award winner, Valley Truck Parts. Valley’s dedication to outstanding customer service and quality products has led to a very important partnership between our two companies.” said Randy Kray, General Sales Manager for Sadler Power Train. “We thank all of our vendor partners for their contributions to another successful year as we strive to exceed customer expectations.”

Valley Truck Parts President, Gary Troost, along with other Valley Team members will be flying into Cedar Rapids on January 22 to receive the award at the Power Partner award luncheon.

The Sadler Power Train “Power Partner of the Year” award annually recognizes the outstanding vendor partner whose performance best exhibits our shared pursuit of goals and business performance with integrity.

Zerostart Battery Pad Heater - Installation Instructions

January 3, 2019 -- http://www.sadlerpowertrain.com/video-gallery.html

Operating in extreme conditions requires dependable solutions. Give your engine the help it needs to start in the coldest weather by installing silicone pad heaters. These durable engine heaters are designed to provide warmth to areas with fluid susceptible to freezing or thickening. Browse reliable heating solutions for a range of applications and industries. Custom solutions are available in addition to our standard product line. Contact us for more information.

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