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Learn the latest on fleet vehicle maintenance from our news entries and articles. We offer product updates, maintenance cost stories, and company profiles.

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<p><em>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</em></p> Is the Decline in the U.S. Infrastructure Inevitable?
Since oil prices started increasing in 2003, consumers and businesses have been increasingly feeling the pain in paying for fuel at the pump.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Ford</em></p> Aluminum F-150 Designed for Repairability
Ford addresses vehicle engineering, parts pricing, insurance costs and auto body shop training in regards to keeping repair prices in check.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</em></p> The Struggle to Find Good Technicians
Finding qualified technicians is a challenge that’s only going to get worse. Here’s how to recruit the next generation of technicians and make sure your current employees stay happy.
<p><em>(Clockwise from top l.) Goodyear's G661, G731, G949, and G933<br /></em></p> Finding Replacement Tires for Medium-Duty Trucks
Fleet managers opting for new replacement tires instead of retreads for their medium-duty trucks must tailor the tire to not only the specific gross vehicle weight, but also to the application and specific conditions in which the vehicle will operate.
<p>One theory for calculating labor rateis to separate rates by vehicle type&nbsp;to get a more accurate comparison.<em> Photo via iStock</em></p> Inside the Labor Rate Debate
Is your labor rate close to $50, or is it more than $100 an hour? Take a look at how fleets calculate their labor rates, why the range is so wide, and what to consider when comparing your labor rate.

Maintenance News

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<p><em>Rendering courtesy of San Diego County.</em></p> San Diego County Moving to New Fleet Facility
San Diego County's fleet unit will be moving to a new $22-million service garage to make way for a new crime lab at its existing location, its fleet manager told Government Fleet.
Mo. City's Sales Tax Could Fund Garage Upgrade
The City of Columbia (Mo.) has budgeted $4.5 million in revenue from an upcoming sales tax initiative that would be earmarked to fund upgrades to an antiquated vehicle service garage if voters approve the measure.
<p><em>Screencapture of snapon.com/trainingsolutions</em></p> Snap-on Creates Diagnostic Quick Tips Training Videos
Snap-on has recently added Quick Tips training videos to its website and YouTube channel to help professional technicians speed up their diagnostic capabilities.
Alt-Fuel Consortium Announces Fall 2015 Training Schedule
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has released its fall alternative fuel vehicle training schedule. These classes are for automotive technicians, fleet managers, municipalities, and others who work with or are interested in alternative fuel vehicles.
<p><em>File photo</em></p> N.Y. County Outsources Fleet Maintenance
Ontario County, N.Y. is outsourcing fleet maintenance for most of its vehicles beginning July 20 to save close to $100,000 per year and improve quality and service.
EPA Sues Navistar, Says Some Engines Were Illegal
Because 7,750 engines were not fully assembled in 2009 but in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency says Navistar should have obtained an exemption in the form of a certificate of compliance, but didn’t.
<p><em>Graph via audit report.</em></p> Ohio DOT Audit Suggests $1.7M in Savings
A state audit found that the Ohio Department of Transportation could save more than $1.7 million by eliminating blended biodiesel, adopting new methods for remarketing, and optimizing vehicle life cycles.
<p><em>Screencapture of&nbsp;maintenancedesigngroup.com/</em></p> Maintenance Design Group Unveils Responsive Website
As part of Maintenance Design Group’s (MDG) 20th anniversary celebration, the firm rolled out a refreshed website featuring new functionality, a new design, and more content.
<p>Since 2001, the capital funding of fleet has been eroding from about 70% of needs in 2001 to about 30% of needs today.&nbsp;<em>Graph via City of Cincinnati.</em></p> Cincinnati Faces Shutdown Over Budget Dispute
The City of Cincinnati is facing a potential shutdown because Council members can’t come to an agreement about the city’s capital budget. The proposed budget includes a six-year fleet replacement funding plan totaling more than $80 million.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of CarMD.&nbsp;</em></p> States Ranked by Vehicle Repair Costs
CarMD has published its annual state-by-state ranking of repair bills that follow a check-engine light. Read our report to find out the states at the top and bottom of the list.

Products

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Bravo 2.0 Software OTC's Bravo 2.0 software for the Encore diagnostic tool is available in North America as part of the Diagnostics for Life program. View more info
Opti-Tread Diagnostic Tool The John Bean Opti-Tread by Snap-on Equipment is a diagnostic tool that helps technicians evaluate tire tread depth and identify problems with tire pressure measurements for vehicles with up to six wheels. View more info
<p><em>Photo courtesy of RAM Mounts</em></p> RAM Laptop Mount for 2015 F-150 The RAM No-Drill Laptop Mount for the 2015-MY Ford F-150 is a heavy-duty steel-constructed laptop mount specifically designed to fit perfectly inside the vehicle. View more info
Hand Balm The Hand Stuff is an all-natural hand balm that's designed to nourish and replenish the skin of dry, cracked, chapped, and damaged hands for fleet technicians. View more info
Hofmann Video Wheel Balancing System The Hofmann geodyna 7850p Video Wheel Balancing System, which is designed for high-volume shops, offers automatic data entry and selection of balancing mode via its scanner and Smart Sonar. View more info

Research and Best Practices

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Fleet Maintenance Management System Best Practices

See how one fleet implemented a universal system to reduce operating costs, instill accountability, save time and increase efficiency.

Useful Whitepapers

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Engine Optimization: Make Your Engine Work for You
Optimizing your vehicle’s engine may sound complicated, but this paper details how engine calibration technology works and how it is actually easy, flexible and takes just minutes to install.
Managing Government Fleet Mandates: How Verizon Networkfleet Can Help to Exceed Your Fleet Optimization Goals
Today’s government fleet managers face a wide array of fleet management challenges. This eBook will show you how to optimize fleet performance and productivity in order to contend with shrinking budgets and meet or exceed government regulations on fleet size and emissions.