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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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Ga. County Opens New Fleet Facility
Glynn County, Ga., opened a new fleet facility earlier this month, replacing a fire-damaged building that was at least 50 years old.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Rotary Lift</em></p> Rotary Lifts Now Available Through NJPA
Rotary Lift’s vehicle lifts are now available through the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) purchasing cooperative, allowing government fleets to streamline the buying process and efficiently outfit their maintenance facilities.
<p><em>Photo via&nbsp;City of North Charleston website.</em></p> S.C. City Opens Public Works Complex
The City of North Charleston, S.C., has opened a new $42 million Public Works facility. It houses numerous public works functions, including fleet maintenance.
<p><em>Photo of 2015 F-650 courtesy of Ford.</em></p> Ford Recalls 26,400 F-650/F-750 Trucks
Ford Motor Company announced it is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 26,400 MY-2011-2013 and MY-2015 F-650 and F-750 vehicles in North America for a safety compliance issue with FMVSS 210 regarding seat belt anchorage.
Snap-on Software Subscription Delivers Continuous Diagnostic Updates
The new Snap-on software subscription program delivers updated diagnostic data for late-model and older vehicles for a low overall cost.
Public Works Group Certifies Public Fleet Professionals
The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced two public works fleet professionals who recently earned the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) credential.
Florida Fleet Association, Colleges Create Scholarships
The Florida Association of Government Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) has partnered with Palm Beach and Santa Fe State College to form scholarship opportunities for students looking to become automotive and truck technicians.
<p><em>Photo via <a href="http://s672.photobucket.com/user/SGTSAM49/media/7884034400_486f284d57_z.jpg.html" target="_blank">SGTSAM49</a>.</em></p> Seattle PD's SUVs Cut Maintenance Costs
The Seattle Police Department has added 90 Ford Police Interceptor Utility patrol vehicles to its fleet in an ongoing initiative to replace less-fuel-efficient Crown Victoria units.
<p>The&nbsp;Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division earned its ASE Blue Seal of Excellence this year. <em>Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County</em></p> Calif. County Earns ASE Blue Seal
California’s Contra Costa County Public Works, Fleet Services Division has recently earned the Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
<p><em>Photo via Google Maps.</em></p> Colo. County Fleet to Move to Former Automotive Center
Pueblo County, Colo., will spend $700,000 to purchase a former automotive center to use as its new fleet offices and maintenance shop.

Products

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15.5-Inch Self-Adjusted Clutch Meritor's Euclid line of aftermarket clutches for medium-duty trucks now includes a self-adjusted 15.5-inch model. View more info
<p>PHOTO: FEDERAL MOGUL</p> Wagner ThermoQuiet & SevereDuty Break Pad Sets New brake pads are available for such models as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 and Ford Transit. View more info
Leak Detection Kit The TP-8657HD Opti-Pro Plus/EZ-Ject Heavy Duty Kit from Tracer Products is a violet-light LED leak-detection kit for pinpointing refrigerant and fluid leaks. View more info
Esitronic Truck Scanning Tool Bosch’s Esitronic Truck is a truck scanning tool that covers medium-duty truck, engine, transmission and brake system combinations. View more info
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

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.