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4'' Heated Tail Lights from JW Speaker
December 6, 2018 -- J.W. Speaker’s Model 234 are the industry’s first LED tail lights that offers SmartHeat technology to de-ice lenses, enabling year-round use while providing superior visibility, extreme durability and unmatched longevity.
- Lightweight yet rugged Integrated lens heater to melt snow & ice
- Sealed to IP69K with superior condensation management
- Drop-in replacement for 4″ round halogen tail lights used in heavy-duty trucks
3 Different versions
1. Stop/tail/turn signal – Red
2. Turn signal – Amber
3. Reverse signal – Clear
All are designed to be a drop-in replacement for 4″ round tail lights using rubber mounting rings and 3-pin Packard connectors.
Krown Corrosion Protection Products - Now In Stock!
December 4, 2018 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGRNxB-Gv78
SPT is now offering a line of rust protection products for light- and heavy-duty vehicles. The Krown product line provides solutions to protect vehicles from road debris, salt and rust.
Condensation vs. Water Leakage inside your headlight lens
November 14, 2018 -- Condensation is a naturally occurring condition that can affect any light. It does not suggest a defect in a product, as opposed to what happens when a leak occurs, in which case there is water ingress that could lead to a system failure. The explanation contained herein is intended to help end users differentiate between these two conditions so they understand what, if anything, needs to be done.
Condensation is the change of water from a gaseous form (vapor) into liquid water. It appears as small droplets of moisture inside the light.
Condensation does not cause a problem with normal operation of the light and is, therefore, NOT considered to be a defect or warrantable condition.
In fact, J.W. Speaker lamps are designed to allow moisture to escape and not reenter, but it takes time for the moisture to evaporate (the amount of time will depend upon whether or not the light is turned on or not).
Water ingress describes water that leaks into the light, manifesting itself as large droplets and pooling of water that is clearly visible.
Sources of water ingress can vary. If a light suffers water ingress as the result of physical abuse and/or misuse, it would not constitute a manufacturing defect.
Otherwise, water ingress caused by a defect in workmanship is a warrantable item. In this event, please contact the dealer who supplied the product to schedule a return.
Virtually all lights are prone to condensate due to the following events:
- Air is trapped inside a lamp when manufactured
- Plastic parts used in lights naturally absorb moisture in the air
- As the light heats up these plastics parts release moisture that mixes with air
- Moisture attaches itself to the coolest part of the lamp, e.g. the lens
- Halogen lamps tend to run hot so the moisture evaporates more quickly
- LED lights produce less heat so moisture takes longer to evaporate, so it can be more noticeable
Bendix Oil Coalescing Air Treatment - Protect Your Investment
November 9, 2018 -- With EPA ’07and EPA ’10, the pressure is on you to protect your investment in new vehicle technologies. Now, more than ever before, air dryers with oil coalescing technology are critical to preserving your vehicle systems and keeping you on the road.
Choose PuraGuard® oil coalescing air dryers by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. They’re the best in the business, with competitive test data to prove it.
One feature that separates the Bendix technology from our competition is the placement of the
oil coalescing fi lter. It comes before the desiccant, ensuring the removal of oil and oil aerosols before they get to that important moisture-removing desiccant.
This is critical because oil fouls the desiccant and diminishes its ability to remove moisture. In addition, Bendix uses recyclable desiccant in all of our air dryer cartridges in an effort to keep the environment green.
Another important feature of the Bendix spinon cartridge design resides in our patented check valve. Coalescing filters are more efficient when air flows only in one direction through the coalescing media. Bendix’s patented check valve enables this one-way flow and makes our oil coalescing technology more efficient than the WABCO design.
In WABCO’s Air System Protector technology, the oil coalescing filter is placed after the desiccant, subjecting the desiccant to contamination. Oil reaches the desiccant in the charge cycle and again in the purge cycle, which pushes the oil back through the desiccant, further contaminating it. This could be damaging to your system.
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November 8, 2018 -- Let's see your semi truck's "UGLY" floor!
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Service Interval Recommendations for Air Dryer Cartridges from Bendix
November 6, 2018 -- During the forty-plus years since Bendix invented the air dryer, a lot has changed in the commercial vehicle world – but not the importance of clean air in the safe, effective operation of braking and other systems. Automated Manual Transmissions (AMTs), emissions controls, and advanced safety technologies such as full stability all incorporate the use of compressed air and rely on a clean and dry supply.
As part of the Bendix Tech Tips Series, Bendix offers new guidelines and service interval recommendations across its range of air dryer cartridges. These updates reflect the results of extensive real-world testing and customer input from a wide array of vehicle applications, as well as a growing number of aftermarket replacement choices.
“The quality of a truck’s compressed air supply is more important than ever,” said Richard Nagel, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, Air Charging. “With higher levels of automation come solenoid valves that provide precise control but require cleaner air than traditional manual brake valves. Some automated manual transmissions also rely on pneumatic controls, along with emissions controls and other systems that improve driver safety and comfort.”
Factors Impacting Dryer Life
Dryer cartridge service intervals depend on many factors, including the type, age, and duty cycle of the vehicle’s air compressor, along with the amount of air consumed, and the vehicle’s operating environment. Drivers and fleets should always monitor the quality of the air in their service tanks to ensure air dryers are functioning properly. If excessive moisture – or oil mixed with water – is present in an air system, the air dryer’s cartridge may need to be replaced. Nagel suggests always referring to the appropriate service data sheet, pointing to the availability of a valuable new tool, “Recommended Service Intervals for Bendix® Air Dryers,” (BW8068 on the Bendix online literature library at bendix.com).
At a minimum, Bendix recommends draining the air reservoir and checking for moisture in the system every 25,000 miles, three months, or 900 hours under standard air usage conditions; every 12,000 miles, two months, or 450 hours for medium air usage; and for heavy air usage vehicles, every 6,000 miles, one month, or 300 hours.
Replacement intervals also depend on the type of cartridge: A standard OEM-grade cartridge, an oil-coalescing cartridge, and an aftermarket replacement have different performance expectations. Bendix’s new service intervals were created with its own specific dryers – its standard cartridge; the PuraGuard® oil-coalescing cartridge; and the Bendix® GC™ Green Cartridge – in mind. Bendix always stresses looking first to the vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines, which may vary based on a particular engine or air system’s needs.
Recommended Service Intervals
For easy reference, Bendix categorizes vehicle air usage into three general levels: standard, medium, and high.
PuraGuard cartridges in standard usage situations (five axles or fewer; line haul; city; delivery) should be replaced every 24 months or 200,000 miles. PuraGuard cartridges experiencing medium use – pulling double-trailers; light transit; light off-highway; eight axles or fewer – should be replaced every 18 months or 150,000 miles. And those in high-air-use applications such as multiple trailers, city transit, heavy-duty off-road, and nine or more axles should be replaced every 12 months.
Vigilance is particularly key with oil-coalescing cartridges because of the specific job each medium has within the component: The oil filter doesn’t remove moisture, and the desiccant isn’t designed to remove oil – but both are crucial.
“Especially on newer trucks, oil-coalescing filters are protecting components that can carry a significant repair cost,” Nagel said. “So if your truck was originally equipped with an oil-coalescing cartridge, it’s important to replace it with one. And you can always upgrade from a standard cartridge to an oil-coalescing version, even if it’s not OEM spec: It’s just an added level of protection.”
For OEM-grade standard Bendix cartridges without oil-coalescing technology, the recommended standard/medium/high usage replacement intervals are 24, 18, and 12 months, respectively. And in the case of the Bendix® GC™ Green Cartridge, which is intended for older trucks and uses a proprietary mix of new and Bendix-remanufactured desiccant, recommended replacement intervals are 12 months for standard and medium usage, and six months for high.
“Standards are changing,” Nagel said. “Oil-coalescing technology is the norm on most of the North American OEM builds now, and we’ve got more years of cartridge testing, field evaluation, and detailed usage reports from customers upon which we’ve based these recommendations. Customers expect more, and the Bendix team is always working to develop product support that will help maximize vehicle performance and safety.”
We are now sPOD distributors! Custom 12 volt distribution products for so many applications
November 2, 2018 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=oErNOIk-vbg
Power distribution products like touchscreens, switch panels, custom rockers, bantams and much more for:
If it has a battery, they have a bracket!
How to help your wipers survive winter
October 31, 2018 -- Winter and your wiper blades
Ensuring that you have a clear view of the road, your windshield wipers work hard throughout winter to wipe away snow and ice. Keeping your wiper blades free of snow and ice buildup is paramount to them remaining in proper working order.
You may feel like you are at the mercy of Old Man Winter, but there are things you can do ensure that your windshield wipers make it through the harsh winter season. Read on for simple tips that are easy to implement.
- PULL YOUR WIPER BLADES UP AND AWAY
When wintry weather is in the forecast and you don’t have the luxury of a garage, pull your wiper blades away from the windshield when you park your vehicle for the evening. This helps prevent ice from building up on the blades and also prevents the blades from sticking to the windshield.
Please note that this tip isn’t without controversy. There are many who endorse doing this while others argue against the practice, citing wear to the springs in the wiper arm. Decide for yourself which camp you’re in - blades up or blades down.
- TURN YOUR WIPERS OFF
If you have been using your windshield wipers, be sure to turn them off when you park your vehicle. That way when you start up your car again, the wipers won’t automatically start going which can potentially tear the wipers if they become stuck to the windshield by snow and ice.
- COVER THEM UP
Another way to protect your wiper blades is to cover them with old tube socks. This protects them against all sorts of winter weather – snow, ice, freezing rain.
- PREVENT FREEZING WIPER BLADES
Prevent the problem in the first place! Keep your wiper blades from freezing to the windshield by wiping the blades with rubbing alcohol.
Upkeep and maintenance
- BREAK OUT THE ICE SCRAPER
Don’t use your windshield wipers to remove ice, snow or frost from your windshield. Use an ice scraper or run your vehicle’s defroster to melt the layer of snow and ice. Using your wipers to clean the windshield can cause tears in your wiper blades.
When scraping your windshield, be careful when working around the wiper blades if they are down. If you scrape too aggressively, you risk gouging or tearing the wiper blade with the ice scraper.
- KEEP NOZZLES CLEAR
Keep your windshield washer fluid nozzles clear of ice and snow. If the nozzles become frozen, they won’t be able to deliver wiper fluid when you need it. If the nozzles become clogged, you can use a pin to clear them.
- CLEAN YOUR WINDSHIELD
Keep your windshield clear of dirt and debris. Running your wipers across a windshield covered in dirt and grime will shorten their lifespan. Make it habit to clean your windshield whenever you fill up your vehicle with gas.
- REMOVE SALT AND SAND
We all know that road salt can corrode your car’s body but did you know that salt can also damage your wiper blades? Salt can scratch and dry out your wipers which can lead to gaps and cracks developing. Once a week, wipe your blades with a wet cloth moistened with warm water to remove any salt or sand.
Jaltest software update 18.3 is here!
October 24, 2018 -- Click the link below to see below to see the new software updates for the Jaltest Multi-Vehicle Diagnostic Tool.
JW Speaker SmartHeat Technology; Heated Lighting - What is it and how does it work?
October 18, 2018 -- Watch the video here:
Winter weather can cause snow and ice build up on the outside of lights, reducing visibility. This creates a dangerous situation not only for you, but to others as well. Our line of heated LED lights with SmartHeat™ is redefining lighting with its integrated lens heating technology!
What is SmartHeat?
This technology offers a thermally conductive grid system that will de-ice the lens up to twice as fast as other lights. This intelligent system reacts to temperature changes on a real-time basis with no action required by the driver.
How Does it Work?
A SmartHeat LED light will automatically turn on at startup or when temperatures drop.
The SmartHeat technology uses an internal sensor to sense the current temperature.
If the technology senses the temperature to be below the low temperature threshold, the heat will stay on to de-ice the lens.
If the technology senses the temperature to be above the high temperature threshold, the SmartHeat grid system will automatically turn off. This keeps the lamp from overheating when facing warmer conditions.
Once the ice has melted and the light has warmed up to meet the high temperature threshold, the SmartHeat grid system will automatically turn off.
In extreme temperatures facing constant cold conditions, the SmartHeat grid system will continue to stay on preventing ice and snow from building on the lens of the light.
Due to varying sensor locations on the different products in the SmartHeat™ Series, temperature thresholds cannot be measured by outside temperature and will vary between lights.
Winter Driving - New Engines, New ULSD & New Super Fine Fuel Filters
October 16, 2018 -- New Engines, New ULSD & New Super Fine Fuel Filters
Could Mean New Problems For Truckers This Winter
In cold weather, fuel filter plugging with super fine filters is and will be a major concern for all truck drivers and off-road equipment operators. In addition to the usual icing and fuel gelling that occurs with diesel equipment with older engines and higher micron filters, we now face the numerous tasks of keeping the new trucks rolling. The fine filters, high temperature engines, asphaltenes, biodiesel and ULSD make our job even more difficult.
We recommend the following for Winter Operation:
1. Use the highest micron filter permitted under your equipment warranty, (25-35 micron would be desirable).
2. Treat with a water removing fuel additive like our Fuel Power or Lubricity Plus Fuel Power with every fill up for one month prior to the start of the cold weather season.
When cold weather starts, treat as directed with an excellent multifunctional winter additive like our FPPF Polar Power or Total Power. If the temperature drops below 0°F, double the dose.
Please Note: It is important to treat with every fill up since if the fuel in the tank of your vehicle is cold prior to treat the additive is not as effective.
1. If you continue to find black or brownish gell on your fuel filters, continue treating with FPPF Super Storage Stabilizer along with the antigel chemical. The presence of black particles and brown gel is an indicator that asphaltenes and other contaminants are still present in your fuel. This also necessitates more frequent fuel filter changing.
2. If you are using a Biodiesel additive in cold weather, we strongly recommend the bio content not to exceed 5%. This is due to the poor cold weather properties of Biodiesel Winter Fuel Treatment. This product contains an added ingredient that helps reduce the CFPP of the bio portion of the fuel. This added ingredient is in addition to a full amount of diesel fuel anti gel and water remover.
In summary, new fuels , new engine technology and new super fine filters mean diesel fuel additives are more important now than ever before.
Be ready for leaks and drips on the go - New Pig spill kits just for trucks
October 15, 2018 -- Space-saving, suitcase-style spill kit stashes behind or underneath your truck seat to keep you prepared for spills on the road.
3 - ext. dia. 3" x 48" L PIG® Blue Absorbent Sock (4048)
40 - 15" W x 20" L PIG® Absorbent Mat Pad (MAT204)
2 - ext. dia. 3.25" x 1.75" H PIG™ Plug-N-Seal® No-Freeze Patching Paste (PTY237)
1 - Collapsible Container
1 - 13" L SHOWA Chem Master™ Neoprene Gloves (GLV213-XL)
1 - Economy Goggles (GLS290-AF)
1 - Apron
1 - Lightstick
5 - 18" W x 30" H Polyethylene Disposal Bags (BAG201-S)
1 - Instructions
Diesel Engine SCR and DPF Regen Systems When Used With FPPF Diesel Fuel Additives
October 12, 2018 -- Diesel Engine SCR and DPF Regen Systems When Used With Diesel Fuel Additives
Peter M Guerra – VP Technology
It has been brought to my attention that there are increasing concerns about the operation of Diesel Engines with SCR & DPF systems when used with quality fuel additives. There are some fuel additives that claim to improve the efficiency of both the DPF and the SCR systems on new trucks, let’s investigate this further.
First, let me briefly define each of these 2 systems:
• DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) is the technology that incorporates the high tech filtering/regen processes to remove most solid carbon based emissions from fuel exhaust (the regen process is a costly self-cleaning of the system requiring downtime). There are several different filtering methods, and a variety of filtering media employed, but the intended result is constant: less emissions. The actual results vary from 35% effective to over 99% success.
• SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) Systems are the newest addition to diesel engine technology. This system uses DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid), a Urea/Water based fluid, to remove Nitrogen Oxides from exhaust gases before exiting the vehicle. The SCR technology enables trucks to meet the new “Tier 4” emission standards that make the exhaust gases from vehicles “almost” as clean as or cleaner than the air entering the vehicles.
The chemistry is quite simple:
Now, the big question is what effect, if any, do fuel additives have on the operation enhancement of these two systems.
All FPPF fuel Additives assist in the proper and efficient operation of both of these pollution abatement systems.
Let’s back up a bit. Remember, crude oil is a mixture of primarily decaying plants and, to a lesser degree animal life from millions of years ago. Diesel Fuel is a middle distillate of crude oil, and consists of a variety of over 150 different components, the polluting potential of every batch of fuel varies. The U.S. has the highest Diesel Engine emission standards in the world, but fuel quality issues prevent universal compliance with these standards. The quality of some of the starting crude oil today is actually the worst in history. We are depleting our supply of sweet light crude and are replacing it with Canadian Tar Sand crudes and shale oil crudes. Today’s improved refining techniques allow the fuel producers to successfully use these crudes for production of gasolines, diesel, plastics and a variety of other products.
The new fuels are prone to more rapid degradation and instability which causes increased fuel related deposits and poor combustion. This can lead to DPF issues, increased smoke, and higher unwanted emissions if the DPF and SCR’s are not working properly.
It’s ironic, today’s fuels have almost no Sulfur, but can actually be more detrimental to the environment in so many other ways if it weren’t for the new engine technologies. Today’s diesel fuels tend to hold more moisture, which increases the presence of naturally occurring salts, this can lead to injector deposits and improper injector operation.
Modern engine fuel systems are manufactured with special fuel delivery components that require constant and sophisticated efforts to maintain their good working order. Today’s diesel engine fuel pumps create enormously high operating fuel pressures and the exceptionally fine fuel injector holes and tolerances are extremely sensitive to the slightest amount of dirt, debris, moisture and other potential contaminations typically found in diesel fuels. If not kept exceedingly clean, and in proper working order, these systems will exponentially intensify operational issues and dramatically increase the creation of unburned hydrocarbon emissions at all levels of operation.
Additionally, the new DPF regen systems actually use the vehicle’s diesel fuel as a cleaning agent during the regen process. This is why it is critical that only fuel additives with strong detergency and that are “Tier 4’ compliant be used (Tier 4 are the new emission standards for common rail engines). FPPF’s Diesel Fuel Injector Cleaner and Super Fuel Stabilizer are designed to be used with common rail injectors and meet all Tier 4 criteria. The same active ingredients in these products are contained in FPPF’s other diesel fuel additives at a lower concentration. These active ingredients literally chemically breakdown pollutants microscopically, and assist the functioning of the DPF and SCR systems.
Since diesel fuel is used as the cleaning agent during DPF REGENS, increased DPF regen frequency results in increased fuel consumption without any additional horsepower or work accomplished.
Other diesel fuel physical parameters that impact DPF/ REGENS and exhaust emissions are the fuel Distillation Range (IBP – initial boiling point and other boiling temperatures including the EP – end point temperature), the Engine Cetane Number and the HFRR fuel lubricity value.
FPPF fuel additives can also significantly improve fuel lubricity and cetane numbers. FPPF’s Lubricity plus Fuel Power, 8+ Cetane, Total Power and others all enhance the operation of the DPF systems and reduce the need for system Regenerations in both warm and cold weather.
We all know Diesel Fuel thickens as the temperature drops and all fuels react differently. Fuel Gelling is a function of the chemical make-up of the fuel. When wax crystals form in fuel without an effective anti-gel, not only may it prevent the operation of the vehicle, it will also affect the DPF and EGR systems. Wax crystals will agglomerate and foul the fuel delivery system (pumps, filters and injectors) causing poor or incomplete combustion which increase unburned hydrocarbon emissions.
This poor combustion efficiency leads to increased carbon particulates entering the EGR Valve and DPF systems which increases the need for DPF regenerations –and increases diesel fuel consumption with no additional horsepower being sent to the drive train.
Correcting the Problem
All the issues affecting diesel fuel combustion efficiency and unburned diesel fuel hydrocarbon emissions can be eliminated by treating the diesel fuel with FPPF Additives.
By using FPPF’s Diesel Fuel Injector Cleaner, 8+ Cetane Improver, Super Fuel Stabilizer or any of our combination “multi-functional “ additives; Lubricity plus Fuel Power, Total Power, Polar Power, Agri Fuel Treatment and others will greatly enhance the performance of the latest Diesel engine emission reduction technology systems and reduce the need for regeneration within the system.
FPPF remains on the forefront of additive technology. All FPPF products are formulated to function effectively and actually enhance the operation of all the latest diesel engine technologies, including common rail, ERG, DPF and SCR.
One further point, if your vehicle is older and does not contain the latest emission controls, FPPF additives actually reduce emissions by enabling your engine to burn the fuel more effectively and completely. The end result is better fuel mileage and reduced emissions for all diesel engines, old and new.
Truck-Lite Tips To Prolong Equipment Lighting
October 12, 2018 -- Tips To Prolong Equipment Lighting
Never use a test probe to pierce wire insulation when troubleshooting lighting complaints. Wicking action takes place which causes moisture to travel along the wire strands and corrode critical connections. If probing a harness or wire is necessary, make sure the puncture is properly sealed.
To correct voltage problems, discover the real cause. Under-voltage often is caused by poor electrical connections. To correct under-voltage, don’t just turn up the voltage — find out what caused the under-voltage problem.
Many discarded lamps are still in good condition. Play detective when solving lamp problems. First, test with either a meter. Then if you desire, open the lens on a discarded lamp and examine the bulb. It will tell you why it failed.
A bulb with stretched or broken filaments was subjected to vibration.
A yellowish, whitish or bluish glaze on the bulb indicates a rupture in the bulb glass envelope.
A dark metallic finish indicates old age.
A black, sooty bulb indicates a poor seal in bulb.
Test all lamps one more time before you discard them. Truck-Lite’s warranty department reports that up to 20 percent of all lamps sent back are still in good operating condition. The ones that aren’t working can be turned over to your lamp supplier.
All lamps will live longer if they run cool. Dirt on the lens increases the heat, so keep them as clean as possible. Other people can see your rig, and that is one of the purposes of the lighting system – to be seen. Certain lighting products generate heat.
Care should be taken to avoid contact with flammable materials.
Treat the electrical system as you would the chassis. Lubricate sockets, pigtails, battery terminals and connections with NYK 77 “non-conductive” anti-corrosion compound. The purpose of the sealant is to totally encapsulate and protect against corrosion and water.
Inspect for improper ground connections. This is a major cause of lamp failure, especially when the trailer is used for a ground. When lamps are grounded through the lamp housing, make sure there is a clean connection (i.e., metal-tometal). Also, a fifth wheel ground strap may be used for added protection on the chassis ground system.
Look for loose, bare or unsupported wire, and fixtures. Harnesses and wiring should be on the underside of top frame members rather than on the bottom where dirt and road splash collect.
Always replace wiring, trailer light cables, and harnesses with an equal or heavier gauge of wire than was used in the original specifications. If you don’t, you may cause unnecessary problems.
On older trucks, you should never crank the truck when any lights or accessories are on. Also, never leave markers and hazard lights on when parked against a dock. Melted lenses are a sure sign that the vehicle has been parked against the dock while the lights were on.
Inspect the grommets that house the lamps. As they age, they eventually will deteriorate from sunlight, ozone and harmful chemicals. New grommets restore shock protection, security and improves appearance.
We are now distributors of Milton Industries fittings and accessories
October 4, 2018 -- Check out the Milton catalog with the link below
Milton Industries was founded in 1943 as a family business with only a handful of products and a simple idea; provide the highest quality products for our customers.
For the past 70 years, Milton has been the product of choice when it comes to pneumatic accessories. We have invented numerous industry standard products, including the classic M-Style “I/M” KWIK® Change Coupler and Plug, Window Inflator Guage, Safety Blow Guns and the iconic Driveway Signal chimes and bell.
With these inventions, our portfolio has grown to over 1400 different SKU’s.
These products cover a broad range of applications in various industries, such as automotive, fleet maintenance, construction, and manufacturing. To this day, Milton continues to be the industry leader in high quality pneumatic accessories and fittings, proudly living up to our heritage of superior products and reliability
Brake Safety Week - Out of Service Criteria
September 12, 2018 -- Below is a list of criteria that could put you out of service.
A vehicle or combination vehicle is Out-of-Service if 20 percent or more of its service brakes have one of the following defects:
• Any steering-axle brake defect listed in next section.
• Won’t actuate effectively or friction material won’t contact drum/rotor.
• Audible air leak at chamber.
• Missing brake on any axle required to have brakes.
Drum air brakes
• Broken or missing brake shoe, lining, return spring (shoe or chamber), anchor pin, spider, cam roller, camshaft, pushrod, yoke, clevis pin, brake adjuster, parking brake power spring or air chamber mounting bolt.
• Loose air chamber, spider or camshaft support bracket.
• Lining has crack/void, observable on edge, wider than 1/16 inch.
• Portion of lining is missing, to the extent that rivet/bolt is exposed.
• Lining has crack, observable on edge, longer than 1 1/2 inch.
• Loose lining segment, permitting about 1⁄16-inch movement.
• Entire segment of lining is missing.
• Evidence of oil, grease or brake fluid contamination of the friction surface of the brake drum and the brake friction material.
• Lining thickness less than 1/4 inch or to wear indicator, if so marked, at shoe center.
Air disc brakes
• Broken or missing caliper, brake pad, pad retaining component, pushrod, yoke, clevis pin, brake adjuster, parking brake power spring or chamber return spring air chamber mounting bolt.
• Loose or missing brake chamber or caliper mounting bolt.
• Rotor has evidence of severe rusting or metal-to-metal contact over the rotor friction surface or on either side.
• Evidence of oil or grease contamination of the friction surface of the brake rotor and the brake friction material.
Brake Safety Week is September 16-22
September 11, 2018 -- CVSA-certified enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week, Sept. 16-22, in order to identify and remove CMVs with critical brake violations from our roadways and to call attention to the dangers of faulty brake systems.
Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. Brakes must be routinely inspected and carefully and consistently maintained so they operate and perform to the manufacturer’s specifications throughout the life of the vehicle. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency, posing serious risk to public safety on our roadways.
Data and research are clear:
According to the U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation (LTCC) Study, 32.7 percent of large trucks with pre-crash violations had brake problems.
Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage of out-of-service vehicle violations cited during last year’s International Roadcheck.
The LTCC Study’s relative risk analysis indicated that large trucks involved in a crash where the braking capacity of the truck was critical were 50 percent more likely to have a brake violation than were trucks involved in crashes where the truck’s braking capacity was not critical.
According to the LTCC Study, of the trucks involved in brake-critical crashes, 45.5 percent had brake violations, compared with 29.9 percent of trucks involved in crashes of the same type where the braking was not relevant.
Results from last year’s Brake Safety Day found that 14 percent of all inspections conducted during that one-day brake safety initiative resulted in a CMV being placed out of service for brake-related violations.
Brake Safety Week aims to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on CMVs by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections and removing dangerous vehicles from our roadways.
In addition to inspections and enforcement, outreach efforts by law enforcement agencies to educate drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance are integral to the success of the safety initiative.
During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspections conducted will include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts; air or hydraulic fluid leaks; defective rotor conditions; measurement of pushrod travel; mismatched air chamber sizes across axles; air reservoir integrity and mounting; worn linings, pads, drums or rotors; required brake-system warning devices; and other brake-system components. Vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service.
In addition, in the 12 jurisdictions using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment, vehicle braking efficiency will be measured. PBBTs measure the cumulative brake force for the entire vehicle and divide it by the total vehicle weight to determine overall vehicle braking efficiency. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by 393.52 of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria.
Brake Safety Week is part of the Operation Airbrake Program, sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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10% OFF ALL JW Speaker products now through September 30th
August 21, 2018 -- Receive 10% off all JW Speaker products now through September 30. LED Headlights for truck, jeep, motorcycle. Work lights, stop tail turn lights and so much more.
Now your NOCO battery charger distributor!
August 3, 2018 -- We are excited to announce that we have added NOCO products to our lineup.
For over 100 years, NOCO has been preventing battery corrosion on more than one billion vehicles and applications worldwide.
UltraSafe lithium jump starters, Genius battery chargers, On-board waterproof battery chargers, charging accessories.
SilverbackHD Brake Chambers - Now In Stock
July 31, 2018 -- SilverbackHD takes its Intentional Engineering™ into the world of air chambers with the development of our GeoMetric™ Series air brake chambers, spring brakes, piggyback kits and accessories. These superior truck and trailer air brake chambers are built to maximize stability and stopping — the fleet manager’s top concerns.
Broad plate reinforced welding of the attaching bolts creates greater structural integrity of the chamber canister and makes it more resistant to disfigurement and leaking under high-torque applications.
SilverbackHD engineers have paid special attention to spring design and function by guaranteeing that every spring meets tight tolerances for proper tension, tensile strength and environmental coating. By guaranteeing the proper spring tension, fleets receive the stopping power they deserve under even the harshest conditions.
Dual layer laminated thermoplastic resin diaphragms are reinforced with a high-strength webbing to resist one million cycles of use. This material is engineered to withstand the effects of acid washes, road salts, fuels and other road-borne corrosives.
New and In Stock - Automann Plugsaver
June 27, 2018 -- Part# 179.1019
- Secures 7-way trailer plugs in socket
- Supplemental retention system that securely holds the trailer plug in the socket
- Reduces electrical and lighting flickering
- Universal design allows it to be installed on standard and large flange sockets
New and In Stock - SilverbackHD 35K Heavy Duty Drums
June 19, 2018 -- Part# 36BD00AB
SilverbackHD 35K™ heavy-duty truck brake drums are made to OEM standard grey iron and state-of-the-art computer-aided mill balancing for improved performance. This grey iron has a tensile strength of 35,000 psi, yielding denser iron to dissipate wheel-end heat buildup and enhance braking performance.
HEAVY-DUTY TRUCK BRAKE DRUM BENEFITS
Improved Torque Performance in Braking
The SilverbackHD 35K™ is engineered and manufactured with OEM-specified grey iron to provide excellent torque in braking as shown in the Drum Effectiveness chart. This exceptional performance was noted as the SilverbackHD 35K™ drums passed FMVSS certification.
Drums Stay Cool
Drums made to aftermarket standards are manufactured with a porous grey iron (with a tensile strength as low as 20,000 psi) that retain heat due to a high content of micro-air pockets in the iron. This lower quality makes drums susceptible to fatigue, excess wear and thermal shock. SilverbackHD brake drums are made of high-density grey iron — the best in the industry. Unlike most drums, our denser steel cools quicker and lasts longer because it is less porous and dissipates heat faster. Cooler brake drums mean longer brake and wheel component life.
Smoother Ride and Tighter Tolerances
This is a result of our state-of-the-art computer-aided balancing. Computerized mill balancing uses BTI precision equipment to test for balancing, gauging and crack detection. This premium balancing technique provides optimum high-speed road performance. The larger radial cut removes less drum diameter and maintains more drum wall integrity.
Join us for our Open House - Friday, June 8th in Cedar Rapids 11am - 1pm
June 5, 2018 -- Friday, June 8th Open House, 11am - 1pm
- Come see Bandit trucks and drivers
- Chance to win free tickets to Bandit Big Rig Race
- Enter to win a Bandit Big Rig Seat
- KHAK Country live radio remote with prizes and giveaways
- Food truck on-site
- Facility tours
- Minimizer product expo
Reminder: Roadchecks start today!
June 5, 2018 -- Starting today, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will conduct high-volume, high-visibility inspections of large trucks and buses for 72 hours (June 5-7) as part of CVSA's International Roadcheck annual enforcement initiative.
We will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day - Remember and Honor
May 21, 2018 --
Bandit Big Rig Series Race presented by Sadler Power Train
May 17, 2018 -- We are pleased to announce that Sadler Power Train is a lead sponsor of the 2018 Bandit Big Rig Race in Cedar Rapids on June 9.
Click the link below for more information and to purchase tickets
Join Team Sadler! We are looking for Diesel Technicians in Davenport
April 5, 2018 -- Opening in Davenport
Must possess your own tools
1st shift, M-F 8am to 5pm
Salary based on experience
Health and dental insurance
401k / Roth IRA retirement package
Paid vacation and holidays
For more information:
Contact Matt Goodding at our Davenport location, 563-386-4213 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Triangle Suspension wins 2017 "Power Partner of the Year"
March 9, 2018 -- Sadler Power Train recognizes Triangle Suspension as its 2017 "Power Partner of the Year"
Sadler Power Train revealed the recipient if the company's 2017 "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, Triangle Suspension. Triangle's unwavering commitment to high-quality products and its dedication to a meaningful partnership is second to none, 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."
About Triangle Suspension Systems
Since 1919, the Triangle name has been synonymous with steel leaf springs. Originally located in the 'Golden Triangle' section of Pittsburgh, in 1927 Triangle's base of operations moved to DuBois, PA.
Triangle is part of Marmon Holdings Inc, part of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
FREE PAI Camo hoodie or windbreaker
February 26, 2018 -- Receive a FREE PAI camo hoodie or windbreaker with the purchase of any PAI Engine Overhaul Kit.
Want to give your Truck or Jeep a lifted lifestyle? We are now Rough Country parts distributors!
February 15, 2018 -- Lift kits, suspension, winches, steering, drivetrain, performance parts and much more!
Sadler Service Smarts - Proper Airline Installation Guidelines
February 12, 2018 -- COMMON AIRLINE FAILURE: Incorrect installation of hose suspension clamps can cause kinking & failure of airlines
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New Refrigerant Regulations You Need To Know
February 7, 2018 -- 2018 Refrigerant Regulations
On January 1, 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put into place new regulations regarding the purchase and selling of refrigerant. This will affect customers purchasing Freon R-134A cylinders. The R404A cylinders are not part of the new regulations. Due to the regulation requirements for different quantities, we recommend you visit the EPA website to read firsthand the new requirements.
As a customer or business, we recommend the ASE website for certification
Tired of the constant mess your oil changing tools make?
February 7, 2018 -- Eliminate that mess with this Tote-Top Mega Funnel.
It allows you to store all your supplies on top of the tote while they drip-dry making a waste collection system. Call any location to reserve yours!
New and In Stock - Timken MileMate Bearing Sets
February 6, 2018 -- Built for superior performance and increased reliability, Timken® MileMate® matched cup and cone bearing sets help keep your fleet on the road.
Precisely matched sets allow bearings to more evenly distribute loads, extending bearing life.
Our MileMate sets include a growing range of Timken® 454-Series™ wheel bearings designed specifically for severe-duty, dual and wide single-tire applications. Timken 454-Series
Matched Cup and Cone Sets Extend Bearing LifeMileMate sets are engineered to handle the 2-inch offset loads found in wide single-tire configurations.
Timken matched sets help make it easier and faster to install the bearings correctly every time. Replacing bearings is faster with MileMate sets because the matching cup and cone arrive together in one box.
MileMate bearing sets meet or exceed original equipment manufacturers’ specifications, including the specifications for ConMet® PreSet® hubs and Spicer® LMS™ hubs. With 56 sets to choose from, it’s easy to find the right pair for the most popular applications, including manually adjusted and pre-adjusted wheel ends.
Engine and Exhaust Solutions Catalog
January 18, 2018 -- https://www.flipsnack.com/sadler/sadler-power-train-engine-and-exhaust-solutions.html
TRUCK PARTS - HEAVY DUTY PARTS
PAI ENGINE KITS
CHARGE AIR COOLERS
KIT MASTERS FAN CLUTCHES
ALLIANT POWER INJECTORS
ZEROSTART WINTER HEATING
JALTEST DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT
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We're Hiring - Technician in Davenport
January 16, 2018 -- Opening in Davenport
Must possess your own tools
1st shift, M-F 8am to 5pm
Salary based on experience
Health and dental insurance
401k / Roth IRA retirement package
Paid vacation and holidays
For more information:
Contact Matt Goodding at our Davenport location, 563-386-4213 or email at email@example.com
New and In Stock - The Perfect Winter Work Light
January 16, 2018 -- New and In Stock!
The perfect winter work light, the 670XD HEATED - LED work light 12-24V from JW Speaker. Comes in flood beam or spot beam patterns. Improved light output, glare reduction, and light placement at an affordable cost. Part #'s 1401381 & 1403471
Section 179 depreciation has been improved for 2018. We have Tool Solutions to help you take advantage.
January 12, 2018 -- SPICER SPI401 PINION SEAL INSTALL SUITCASE
LINCOLN 1133 PISTOL GRIP GREASEGUN
GRAY GRA198 40000 LB WHEEL LIFT
GRAY GRA18 15 TON WHEEL LIFT
GRAY GRA13 10 TON WHEEL LIFT
GRAY GRA15 20000 LB FLOOR JACK AIR/HYD
GRAY GRA221 50000 LB AIR/HYD TRUCK LIFT
GRAY GRA10 25 TON FLOOR JACK
GRAY GRA303 25 TON FLOOR JACK AIR/HYD
GRAY GRA2000 20000 LB TRUCK AIR JACK STAND
GRAY GRA315 40000 LB VEHICLE STANDS
GRAY GRA316 10 TON VEHICLE STAND
GRAY GRA318 30870 LB VEHICLE SUPPORT STAND
GRAY GRA216 18000 LB HIGH RISE VEHICLE STAND
GRAY GRA48 HIGH RISE TRANS JACK
GRAY GRA147 HD HIGH RISE TRANS JACK
GRAY GRA362 300 LB FLOOR JACK
GRAY GRA192 WIDE PORTABLE RAMPS
OTC 5015A CLUTCH FLYWHEEL HANDLER
OTC 5018A CLUTCH HANDLER JACK LOW
OTC 1770A DUAL WHEEL DOLLY
OTC 5077A OIL TRANSFER TANKER ELECTRIC
OMEGA 91000 450 LB CREEPER / SEAT COMBO
OMEGA 91452 450 LB LOW PRO CREEPER
OMEGA 92450 ROLLING TOOL BOX CHEST
OMEGA 91305 2 IN 1 CREEPER
OMEGA 5006 FOLDING FLOOR MAT
MINIMIZER 101198 TOOL CADDY SINGLE WHEEL
MINIMIZER 100412 DUAL TIRE WORK BENCH
MINIMIZER 100102 TANDEM TIRE WORK BENCH
MINIMIZER 100041 SINGLE TIRE WORK BENCH
LEATHERMAN 830037 WAVE STAINLESS
LEATHERMAN 830158 SURGE STAINLESS
LEATHERMAN 831540 OHT BLACK
LEATHERMAN 880004 LED TORCH FLASHLIGHT
INGERSOLL RAND 2145QIMAX 3/4'' AIR IMPACT WRENCH
INGERSOLL RAND 285B-6 1'' AIR IMPACT WRENCH
OMEGA 82001 LEIGHTWEIGHT 1/2'' IMPACT
OTC 4508 SEAL REMOVAL TOOL
SPICER SPI401 PINION SEAL INSTALL SUITCASE
DUMP LOK DL-105WT 4 7/16'' BRACE PAIR
TIGER TOOL 10608 HYD WHEEL STUD
TIGER TOOL 10102 HD U JOINT PULLER
TIGER TOOL 10104 U JOINT PULLER SPL90/SPL100
TIGER TOOL 10105 U JOINT PULLER - LIGHT DUTY
TIGER TOOL 10217 BEARING CUP INSTALLER
TIGER TOOL 10803 HD YOKE PULLER
TIGER TOOL 10385 PITMAN ARM PULLER - SHEPPARD
TIGER TOOL 10389 SHEP M110 PITMAN ARM PULLER
TIGER TOOL 90150 HD KING PIN PRESS
TIGER TOOL 10406 SLACK ADJUSTOR PULLER - MAN
TIGER TOOL 10407 SLACK ADJUSTOR PULLER - ROCK
TIGER TOOL 10409 SLACK ADJUSTOR PULLER - GUNITE
TIGER TOOL 10501 BRAKE CLEVIS PIN PRESS
TIGER TOOL 11001 AXLE SHAFT PULLER W/ TWO 5/8''
TIGER TOOL 15000 LEAF SPRING & BUSHING
GROTE BZ511-5 MOSSY OAK CAMO WORKLAMP
GROTE BZ501-5 WORK LAMP
GROTE BZ401-5 HAND HELD WORK LAMP
GROTE BZ601-5 CUBE WORK LAMP
GROTE BZ201-5 SQUARE WORK LAMP
GROTE BZ301-5 SLIM WORKLAMP
GROTE BZ101-5 ROUND WORK LAMP
GROTE 84-9657 KWIKSTART
OMEGA 80600 JUMP STARTER CHARGER
POWER DRIVE PD2000 2000 WATT POWER INVERTER
XANTREX 806-1210 1000 WATT POWER INVERTER
ASSOCIATED 6001A 6/12V, 100/75A
ASSOCIATED ESS6007B 12V 40A CHARGER
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Powerful Performance - Fleet Charger
January 12, 2018 -- Powerful Performance - rejuvenates all standard & maintenance-free 6/12/24 volt batteries with 5 charging positions. 70/65/30 Amp charge with 280 Amp crank assist at 12 Volts. "Safe in any weather" Call any of our 4 locations and get yours today. Part#6006
New In Stock - Alcoa 22.5''x8.25'' Wheel
January 5, 2018 -- 10 lug 285.75mm bolt circle
220.1mm center bore
7400 lbs max capacity
130 max psi
6.60 outset 5.79 inset
45 lbs wheel weight
TR554D valve stem
Looking for the perfect LED lights for winter driving?
January 4, 2018 -- Heated Headlights from JW Speaker. These heated LED headlights have SmartHeat technology that de-ices lenses.
Stop in to any of our 4 locations today to learn more.
Eliminate Jump Starts On These COLD Winter Days
January 3, 2018 -- On these COLD WINTER days, wouldn't it be nice to eliminate jump starting your trucks?
You can with @Maxwell_Tech ultracapacitor Engine Start Modules. Make jump starts a thing of the past and decrease downtime. Stop in today, we have them in stock!
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