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Oil drain intervals, OEM recommendations and whether you should extend

Now that some heavy duty diesel vehicles are using advanced lubrication systems, they need fewer oil changes. Cummins engines are now able to drain and change oil every 35,000 to 50,000 miles depending on if they are X15 or X12 models. Detroit DD13 and Volvo engines can go to 60,000 miles before changing oil is recommended, International’s A26 can go up to 70,000 before a change, but check specifications. Be sure to check with your engine manufacturer as well as the oil provider for specifics because your gas mileage will be affecting by your engine’s performance.

Key Takeaways:

  • The oil drain interval (ODI) recommendations for Cummins trucks are: 5.5 to 6.5 MPG range, X15 efficiency and performance is 35,000 miles; 6-6.9 MPG range is 50,000 miles.
  • The ODI for Detroit DD13 is that the oil and filter should be changed every 35,000 miles while for long haul, the average is 60,000 annual miles.
  • To extend the oil drain interval for a truck in a fleet, it is recommended that the fleet manager should not go it alone. Involve the oil supplier.

“Manufacturer recommended oil drain intervals (ODI) are equally engineered to provide the best performance, and they’re aggressive. Check out the latest oil drain interval recommendations.”

Read more: http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/oil-drain-intervals-oem-recommendations-and-whether-you-should-extend/

Ford Takes Action on Carbon Monoxide Concerns

Ford Motor Company is planning to cover the costs associated with fixing police interceptor cars which are reportedly having issues with carbon monoxide. It appears upon examination that some cars have unsealed holes which may have happened in after market installation of emergency lighting systems. If these holes weren’t sealed properly, the exhaust can come into the cars. Ford will be sealing the rear of the vehicles to keep exhaust from entering the cars, providing new air conditioning systems, and checking exhaust manifolds for damage.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a Ford executive who was reacting to a report that police was pulling Ford vehicles because of carbon monoxide concerns, Ford was taking this very seriously.
  • Ford has done an investigation and discovered holes and leaks in some vehicles installed with Police equipment that were delivered by Ford.
  • Ford has stated that for every hole discovered, it will seal off the holes at the rear where discovered, and provide new air conditioning calibration systems.

“To address these concerns, Ford stated the company will cover the costs of specific repairs in every Police Interceptor Utility that may have this concern, regardless of age, mileage, or aftermarket modifications made after purchase.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/141501/ford-takes-action-on-carbon-monoxide-concerns

Cleaning Company Stocks Fleet with Police Cruisers

In the business world, one has to seize the day, and that is what the cleaning service Carpe Deim has done. She needed to grow the business, but found that most employees were not willing to drive their own vehicles or carpool in personal vehicles to jobs. This presented a problem in overall cost management and retaining personnel. While on her county’s municipal site , she saw an opportunity, a police auction. The local government was selling retired police cruisers. She bought them cheap and since they have plenty of room for personnel and supplies, she was able to expand her business, hire more people and continue to grow.

Key Takeaways:

  • One entrepreneur needed vehicles for her cleaning business and went to an auction and purchased two police vehicles.
  • Wendy Clark has been in business since 1994. Now she has 35 employees and 12 old police cars.
  • Even though the vehicles use a lot of gas, break downs are fewer and parts are cheaper.

“In order to grow her home cleaning business, Wendy Clark needed to build a vehicle fleet at a reasonable price.”

Read more: https://www.businessfleet.com/157621/cleaning-company-stocks-fleet-with-police-cruisers

FMCSA Clarifies Issuance of Commercial Learner’s Permits

Driving a big rig is not easy, and neither is finding a job once one leaves the military. New regulations however might just help solve both issues. In Aug. 2016, the regulations were changed that for states wishing to do so, can administer knowledge test for one to get a commercial drivers license learners permit and those results can be sent to the persons state in which the reside, therefore making it easier to get license and move between states for military personnel.

Key Takeaways:

  • The new guidance states that states wishing to carry out the general tests must securely, directly and electronically transmit those tests to the applicant’s state of domicile.
  • The general guidance newly issued is in line with the agency’s October 13, 2016 final rule which seeks to ease military personnel transition to civilian careers.
  • The new guidelines issued in the Federal Registry on August 3 were meant as a limitation for out-of-state military personnel.

“Guidance just issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration clarifies that a state may accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and administer the general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled there.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/141575/fmcsa-clarifies-issuance-of-commercial-learners-permits

Trailer Floors From the Bottom Up

There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when faced with the flooring of commercial trailer. Some of the obvious ones are the weight of the load and how long and often you plan to carry such loads in your trailer; but others might be more “out of sight, out of mind” topics such as the affects of weather on the underside of the flooring. When taking all theses things in mind, it is always better to spend money to get a good floor than to spend more money continually redoing the floor of your trailer.

Key Takeaways:

  • As fleets are encountering the problem of shortages of trailer technicians to resolve the problems of trailers after they are bought, trailers would stop being viewed as commodities.
  • When deciding on how long a trailer would last with you, you need to pay attention to the flooring spec.
  • When planning for floor specs, you have to consider the loads the trailer will be bearing in the future because that is very important for durable flooring.

“John Carr, vice president of sales and marketing at Havco Wood Products, says if you have to spend a lot of money and labor to uprate the trailer prior to selling it, you probably should have spent a little more up front for a more durable floor.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/321202/trailer-floors-from-the-bottom-up

Commentary: Electric Truck Progress is Real

Electric options are advancing faster than can be imagined. Electric is the way to go for a cleaner future, and technology is advancing quickly. An electric vacuum cleaner may be better than the corded version, with a smaller engine and more suction power. Changing to electric is becoming a more viable option as electric is becoming more available and is competitive with diesel counterparts. Additionally, in some areas, there is a lack of infrastructure to handle the electrics or a lack of actual product.

Key Takeaways:

  • Advances in battery and electric motor production indicate that whereas a digital motor once weighed in at one third of a pound, the same motor is now about a quarter of a pound.
  • Moreover, whereas the third of a pound motor had 85 watts of suction power to offer, the newer units afford the user a whopping 290 air watts.
  • All these changes point to electrical vehicles becoming more widely available, sustainable and cost-effective for more types of motorists.

“Well, vacuum-cleaner star James Dyson offers evidence that battery and electric motor technology are advancing more quickly than most of us think, according to an article by Nathaniel Bullard on Bloomberg.com.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/321059/commentary-electric-truck-progress-is-real

Porsche is Withdrawing from Le Mans

Porsche, which reentered Le Mans and the WEC championship in 2014, has announced that they are pulling out of the series at the end of the 2017 WEC season. Audi left the series last year, leaving just two full manufacture teams, Porsche and Toyota, in the hybrid LMP1 class. The non-hybridized ByKolles Racing LMP1 also remains to compete against Toyota. Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Program had a winning record, earning three consecutive victories at Le Mans. Porsche is expected to focus its efforts on Formula E racing.

Key Takeaways:

  • In 2014, Porsche returned to Le Mans and the WEC championship but three years after, it seems as if it is preparing to make an exit.
  • The withdrawal of Porsche will make Toyota the only hybrid manufacturer competing against the non-hybridized ByKolles Racing LMP1.
  • Porsche is setting its sights on Formula E because it is cheaper and aligns more with the future that carmakers perceive of their cars.

“The departure of Audi last year left just Porsche and Toyota as full manufacturer teams, and it’s looking unlikely that any privateer entrant is willing to step up thanks to the massive cost of entry. Even Porsche is reportedly having a hard time swallowing the estimated $200 million lump each full season, according to the report.”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/porsche-likely-withdrawing-le-mans-wec-formula-e-program/

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