Vehicle Maintenance

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April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Colorado Springs Sued by Fleet Maintenance Provider

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The City of Colorado Springs is facing a lawsuit from its fleet maintenance provider, which says it requires a 22% price increase for 2017 to meet its operating needs.

Tags: Outsourcing, Maintenance Contract, Lawsuits, City of Colorado Springs, Serco Inc.

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Utah City Opens New Fleet Facility

Photo courtesy of City of St. George

The City of St. George, Utah, has opened a new fleet facility for repair and maintenance of larger vehicles and heavy equipment.

Tags: Maintenance, Fleet Facility

April 3, 2017 - Press Release

Snap-on Software Upgrade Expands Capabilities

The Snap-on Software Upgrade 17.2 delivers millions of new codes, tests, tips, and data for 1981-2016 model years, as well as expanded functional tests, resets, adaptions, guided component tests, Auto ID, One-Touch Code Scan and Clear, and more.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Diagnostics, Snap-on

March 31, 2017 - Industry News

CK-4 and FA-4 Engine Oils on Store Shelves Now, API Says

The organization has licensed about 400 CK-4 oils and more than 60 FA-4 oils submitted by marketers, making the robust new classifications available to operators of new and older diesels.

Tags: Maintenance, Diesel Engines, Engine Oil, API

March 28, 2017 - Press Release

Spectro Scientific Wins Patent for Fluid Measurement Method

Photo: Business Wire

Spectro Scientific, a suppliers of oil, fuel, and processed water analysis instrumentation and software, has been awarded U.S. patent 9,448,112 B2 for a method to measure coolant and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).

Tags: Shop Equipment, Oil Analysis, Patents, Spectro Scientific

March 23, 2017 - Press Release

BendPak Wins NASPO Contract for Lifts and Garage Equipment

Photo courtesy of BendPak

BendPak Inc., a global manufacturer of car lifts and specialized garage equipment for servicing wheels, tires, and brakes, won its contract bid from the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), formally WSCA-NASPO.

Tags: BendPak, Shop Equipment, Cooperative Procurement, WSCA/NASPO

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers CK-4 Alternative Oil for Super Duty Diesels

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford is recommending the use of a new Motorcraft diesel engine oil for its Super Duty trucks and warning fleet and commercial customers to avoid using most new CK-4 or FA-4 oils because they may cause damage to the engine, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, Ford, Motorcraft, Ford Super Duty, CK-4

March 15, 2017 - Product News

Mack Brings Uptime Solutions to Legacy Vehicles

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks is bringing its telematics-driven uptime solutions to customers with older Mack vehicles, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Geotab, Mack Trucks, Uptime, GuardDog Connect, Telematics, Work Truck Show

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

7 Steps to Boost Vehicle Lift Safety

Photo courtesy of Stertil-Koni

Following a detailed review of bus and truck maintenance facilities across North America, vehicle lift manufacturer Stertil-Koni has identified seven key steps to improving safety for technicians working on the shop floor.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Lifts, Stertil-Koni, Shop Equipment, Technician Training, Safety

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ga. City Departments Failed to Bring in Vehicles for Maintenance

A study of the City of Augusta, Ga., fleet management operations shows that city departments inconsistently followed service intervals.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Outsourcing

February 27, 2017 - Press Release

Snap-on Diagnostic Quick Tips Training Videos Available

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Snap-on has recently added three new Diagnostic Quick Tips training videos to its website and YouTube channel to help professional technicians speed up their diagnostic capabilities.

Tags: Snap-on, Technician Training, Diagnostics

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Audit: U.S. State Dept. Failed to Maintain Armored Vehicles

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security failed to properly maintain its fleet of armored vehicles, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.

Tags: Audits, Federal Fleet, Armored Vehicles

February 17, 2017 - Press Release

VSG Awarded NASPO Contract for Vehicle Lifts and Garage Equipment

Vehicle Service Group (VSG) has been awarded the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint Master Agreement for Vehicle Lifts and Garage Associated Equipment.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Rotary Lift, Shop Equipment, Cooperative Procurement, Vehicle Service Group, WSCA/NASPO

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Mechanical Problems Plague S.C. County’s Fire Trucks

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Mechanical problems are forcing the Horry County (S.C.) Fire Rescue to keep more than $2 million worth of new KME trucks off the streets.

Tags: Maintenance, Warranty, Fire Equipment, First Responders, KME

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Colo. City Earns ASE Blue Seal

The City of Lakewood fleet consists of about 650 vehicles. At least one technician must be ASE certified in each area of service offered by the shop to qualify for the Blue Seal program. File photo

The City of Lakewood, Colo., has earned its first Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Tags: Maintenance, ASE certification, Technician Training, ASE Blue Seal

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

N.J. County Insources Fleet Maintenance

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Bergen County (N.J.) has added another customer to its insourced fleet operations. Officials approved a shared services contract with the Bergen County Board of Social Services.

Tags: Insourcing, Mutual Aid, Maintenance Contract

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Fla. Sheriff Signs $4M Fleet Management Contract

Photo courtesy of Vector

The Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office has entered into a multiple-year agreement with Vector Fleet Management for fleet management and maintenance. The contract is valued at $4 million per year.

Tags: Outsourcing, County Fleets, Vector Fleet Management, Maintenance Costs

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers Replacement Parts for Non-Ford Vehicles

Omnicraft

Ford’s Customer Service Division has launched Omnicraft, an all-new brand of replacement parts that will be available to all Ford dealers.

Tags: Ford, Parts and Service

January 24, 2017 - Press Release

ASE Launches New Practice Tests

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) launched four new ASE practice tests for the Medium/Heavy Truck series.

Tags: Maintenance, ASE, Technician Training, ASE Blue Seal

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Miami-Dade Creates Technician Trainee Program

(L-R) Pictured are Pete Moolah, heavy fleet service manager, and Daniel Gasca, auto parts specialist, from the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department fleet. Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County

The Miami-Dade County (Fla.) fleet has a new program to help it overcome its heavy equipment technician recruitment problems. Fleet Director Alex Alfonso explains how fleet staff created the program and how it works.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Maintenance Management, Technician Training, Miami Dade County

January 17, 2017 - Press Release

Snap-On Releases Full-Line Catalog

Photo courtesy of Snap-On.

The new Snap-on full-line catalog showcases its wide range of diagnostic platforms to help customers find the perfect tool for them, whether they are just getting started or are the top technician in the repair shop.

Tags: Snap-on, Hand Tools

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Louisville to Build Consolidated Public Works Facility

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Louisville Metro in Kentucky will soon begin construction on a public works facility that will be used to park and maintain vehicles, store salt and brine, and house other operations.

Tags: Consolidation, Fleet Facility, Louisville

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Ga. City Considers In-House Maintenance

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The City of Augusta, Ga., may take on maintenance in-house in an effort to cut costs. Currently, the city outsources fleet maintenance but city commissioners want to know if it would be cheaper bringing maintenance in-house.

Tags: First Vehicle Services, Outsourcing, Maintenance Costs, In-house Maintenance, Elected Leaders, Maintenance

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Antifreeze

January 6, 2017 - Press Release

Automotive Lift Institute Releases Lifting Points Guide

Photo courtesy of Automotive Lift Institute

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. has released the 2017 edition of its “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts.” This updated guide is a quick-reference single-source manual for lifting point information as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

Tags: Automotive Lift Institute, Lift Guide

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