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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.

Useful Articles

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<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.
<p>The Camden County fleet facility is used to maintain 123 vehicles and equipment, but this could change if the county administrator&rsquo;s plan to consolidate with neighboring public fleets goes through. <em>Photo courtesy of Camden County</em></p> Sharing Fleet Services with a Nearby Agency
The City of Kingsland (Ga.) assumed oversight of the Camden County fleet and its fleet employees — and that’s just the first stage of a plan to consolidate fleet services between the two agencies.
Ideas for Solving Common Problems in Fleet
If another fleet manager or a consultant reviewed your operation today, what would he or she say? Fleet professionals discuss common fleet deficiencies and how to fix them.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Terex</em></p> Working in a Winter Wonderland
Working in winter weather may not be pleasant, but if your off-road equipment is ready to handle the situation, you’re a step ahead in the game.

Maintenance News

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<p><em>Photo via <a href="http://www.lcpdfr.com/topic/44012-fayetteville-nc-police-cars/" target="_blank">www.lcpdfr.com</a>.</em></p> Audit Questions N.C. Utility's Maintenance Charges to City
The Fayetteville (N.C.) Public Works Commission has been charging the city up to 44% in markup and administrative charges to service the city's vehicles, according to an internal audit.
<p><em>Image courtesy of Mitchell 1</em></p> Mitchell 1 Adds More Graphs to ProDemand
Mitchell 1 has expanded its coverage of waveform and PID graphs in its ProDemand repair, diagnostic, and maintenance information program to now total more than 750,000 graphs.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Utilimarc.</em></p> Utility Service Trucks Analyzed in Benchmarking Study
Utilimarc's benchmarking report for light-duty service trucks uses data from 40 utility fleet clients and includes more than 3,600 vehicles under 20,000 GVWR with a service body without an aerial device.
<p><em>Photo via facebook/Detroit Police Department.</em></p> Detroit Police Test Take-Home Vehicles
The Detroit Police Department launched a take-home police vehicle program on Thursday, providing a refurbished 2004 Crown Victoria to an officer who lives in the city.
<p><em>Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.</em></p> Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year
The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.
<p><em>File photo</em></p> Ky. City, College Partner on Shared Fleet Facility
The City of Covington, Ky., and a local community college are initiating a partnership on a shared fleet maintenance site that could allow students to work on city fleet vehicles.
ACDelco Training Help Techs Expand Skills
General Motors will launch the ACDelco Technician Training Excellence Recognition Program this summer with more than 500 hours of available training aligned to the core ASE categories.
Fleet Safety Video Tip: Checking Tire Air Pressure
Here’s some tire preventive maintenance advice, provided by America’s Tire, you may want to pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of City of Orlando.</em></p> City of Orlando Gains Nine Hybrid Refuse Trucks
The City of Orlando has added nine hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks to its fleet, bringing the city’s total to 18 hybrids.
<p><em>File photo</em></p> What Keeps Technicians at Their Jobs?
Government Fleet is conducting a technician survey to ask technicians what keeps them at their jobs and discover ways fleet management can help retain experienced employees.

Products

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Amsoil Heavy-Duty Antifreeze and Coolant Amsoil’s Heavy-Duty Antifreeze & Coolant is designed for better heat transfer and protection against corrosion, cylinder-liner cavitation, freezing and boil-over. View more info
TR Series Battery Disconnect Switch Peerless Electronics' TR Series battery disconnect switch, which is from the Cole Hersee division of Littelfuse Commercial Vehicle Products, is a dual pole 500-amp continuous current rated master disconnect switch. View more info
Ford 6R80 RWD/4WD Transmissions Jasper now offers the remanufactured Ford 6R80 RWD and 4WD transmissions, built for 2009-2010 model-year F-150, Expedition, and Navigator applications equipped with a 5.4L engine. View more info
Extended Life Engine Treatment Prolong Extended Life Engine Treatment is formulated with the company's Anti-Friction Metal Treatment, advanced technology that chemically bonds to metal surfaces in the engine and creates a protective layer that prevents metal-on-metal grinding. View more info
Wheel Wing Rotary Lift’s Wheel Wing car lift accessory helps technicians in removing wheels for tire rotations as well as brake and suspension work. The Wheel Wing tire hanger attaches to a two-post or in-ground lift’s swing arm. 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.