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What to know about tires and 6×2 configurations

There are many benefits to utilizing a 6×2 axle configuration, and there are as many options and issues to consider. Fleets can save a lot of money on tire wear and replacement, but choosing 6×2 isn’t a decision to take lightly. From “pushers” and “tags” to determining the amount of torque a vehicle needs, there is a lot of information to consider.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Many commercial fleets are evaluating the benefits of specifying new tractors with a 6×2 configuration versus the more popular 6×4 configuration.
  • Fleets are showing a 2 to 4% improvement in fuel economy using 6×2 configurations, which is a significant improvement.
  • Treadwear is accelerated on the drive axle with 6x2s since all of the engine driving and engine braking torque passes through the single axle drive tires.

“Fleets have reported a drop in drive tire removal mileage on 6x2s— as high as 50%. On the non-driven, free-rolling axle, spec’ing a trailer rib tire versus a typical drive tire lug design is appropriate.”


Bendix Offers Comprehensive Brake Safety Week Upkeep Tips

As Brake Safety Week approaches Sept. 11-17 Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets. In order to have safer vehicles drivers must perform proper maintenance. It also takes proactive training and technical knowledge for drivers. Bendix provides some of that knowledge in their article stating items drivers need to check as well as things that will be inspected on Brake Safety Week inspections.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake, Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign aimed at improving commercial vehicle brake safety.
  • Friction selection, air system care, and upkeep of components affecting brake stroke all contribute to brake performance– which means they have a role to play in preparation for Brake Safety Week.
  • When relining brakes on vehicles affected by federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) regulations, ask suppliers for evidence of compliance. Not all replacement friction marketed as acceptable under RSD will actually perform to the standard.

“Whether a vehicle uses foundation drum or air disc brakes, it’s important to know when new friction is needed. Check friction regularly for cracks or missing pieces, ensure adequate thickness, and examine drums and rotors for signs of dragging brakes or overheating linings.”


Ford Gives Autonomous Vehicle Update

Will America finally see the emergence of fully autonomous cars? In this article, Ford CEO Mark Fields explains his intentions and plans to make this far-fetched science fiction dream a reality by the year 2025. By partnering with ride sharing companies and next generation vehicle technology companies, Ford hopes to become the next leading automotive creator super power.

Ford Gives Autonomous Vehicle Update

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Fuel economy and new engine oils

As part of the new 2017 EPA emissions regulations for diesel engines, two new types of diesel oil are being developed. CK-4 oil is backwards compatible with all current and diesel engines, however will provide better performance than currently available oils. FA-4 type oil will only work in next-generation diesel engines and will provide better fuel consumption while still lubricating and protecting the engine. These new oil types will help medium and heavy duty diesel engines remain efficient while reducing emissions in the near future.

Key Takeaways:

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  • CK-4 oils will replace today’s lubricants and will be completely backwards compatible with all current diesel vehicles.
  • New regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mandate fuel economy improvements for medium and heavy-duty engines and vehicles are being phased in between now and 2017.
  • According to Mark Betner, Citgo’s heavy-duty product line manager, Lower viscosity engine oils will improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gases over 15W-40 engine oils.

“The new regulations, which are being phased in between now and 2017, impose different fuel-efficiency targets based on the size and weight of vehicle/equipment types. The full development cycle for motor oil, from the initial discussion to launch, is about five years.”


Gasoline Prices Fall Amid Switch to Winter Blend

There’s more than just relief from hot temperatures, leaf-peeper trails in the upcountry, and kid-free time, available in autumn’s range of perks. Count in lessening oil prices too. Generally, as retailers switch to their winter products, which must have the ability to evaporate at lower temperatures, making them less expensive to produce, consumers can expect to start saving some cents at the tank. Post-Labor Day almost daily price slides are not uncommon. And, in fact, several states currently have gas prices lower than 2.00$ a gallon.

Key Takeaways:

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  • national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline continued its slide
  • he average price fell 11 of the past 12 days ending on Sept. 12 and reached $2.18,
  • Pump prices usually decline after Labor Day when many areas of the country switch from summer blend to winter blend, which is cheaper to produce and evaporates more easily

“Pump prices usually decline after Labor Day when many areas of the country switch from summer blend to winter blend, which is cheaper to produce and evaporates more easily. Winter blend must be able to evaporate at low temperatures for the engine to operate properly.”


Driven by the desire to do more: The 2018 Freightliner New Cascadia

As the demand for more fuel efficiency, and less emissions to help sustain and rebuild the environment, Freightliner has done amazing works by increasing fuel efficiency by eight percent. Hoping to reach the goal of five percent, the engineers at Freightliner have surpassed their own expectations. With updates in design and mechanical layout has made this the prime choice when hauling from state to state.

Driven by the desire to do more: The 2018 Freightliner New Cascadia

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