Best of the Blogs – 2019 Truck Repair Information “Did You Knows”
The CVG team — our commercial vehicle group, also known as our truck repair experts at Mitchell 1 — were very busy last year. In addition to working hard on improving the medium- to heavy-duty truck repair software and getting repair information documented in a timely manner, they also shared their knowledge here in the ShopConnection blog.
Last year, they continued their passionate commitment to helping commercial truck repair shop owners and their teams by educating them on industry trends, new tips n’ tricks and other helpful information that makes life in the shop easier.
Below is a digest of just a few of the pearls of wisdom from our experts— all of which we hope you find help you get to your fix faster!
Published January 22, 2019
Maintenance during the winter months presents unique challenges. Ice, slush, and general muck on the roads take a significant toll on brakes and other exposed components.
Published January 28, 2019
The entertainment systems in today’s vehicles have become a lot more sophisticated. Learn how to use truck repair information to troubleshoot DTCs and diagnose and repair quicker.
Published February 22, 2019
Let’s take a look at the service maintenance of tires for dual wheels and tandem axles. No, this is not about starting with a fresh set of brand new tires.
Published March 6, 2019
As we headed down the road, my TPMS light came on. As the outside temperature had dropped about 40 degrees from our start, I knew the light was the result of a decrease in temperature.
Published March 20, 2019
Not long ago, a friend and I were reminiscing about maintenance issues we had encountered when we were working as truck techs. He brought up how during regular maintenance some of the mechanics would miss lubricating the clutch cross-shaft and throw-out bearing.
Published March 26, 2019
During cold months, it’s not uncommon for a truck’s diesel exhaust fluid to freeze. These FAQs cover the most common questions that truck owners have when it comes to frozen DEF.
In a tight labor market, when it’s a challenge to find and keep quality commercial vehicle technicians, anyone responsible for maintaining these vehicles must maximize the resources available.
Published April 17, 2019
Today’s trucks require a fully charged battery to power the engine along with all the added accessories. Let’s take a look at what is required to correctly charge a battery.
Published May 29, 2019
Does your shop have enough scan tools? The odds are that your techs will need access to the scan tool to not only check for potential codes but also to continue the diagnosis and any potential reset procedures.
Published June 17, 2019
The problems associated with driving through standing or running water have the potential to wreak havoc with any brake system. Read this blog post to learn about how to avoid problems that may be left over from the heavy spring rains this year.
Published June 18, 2019
If you assume the ground connections are correct and in good condition in your truck, you may go down the wrong path. The end result could be unnecessary parts replacement and troubleshooting time, all because a simple ground cable was incorrectly routed and tightened.
Published July 31, 2019
Are you spending too much time trying to locate where relay blocks and relay positions are? TruckSeries can help you cut that wasted time out and speed up your troubleshooting procedures.
Published August 5, 2019
All too often, faults and regeneration cycles for the diesel exhaust aftertreatment systems take trucks out of service at the most inopportune times. Learn how to prevent these down times in the latest Tips and Tricks blog!
Published August 28, 2019
Routine scheduled maintenance isn’t like it used to be. These days it is a whole different ballgame. Mitchell 1 TruckSeries helps take the guesswork out of the process with maintenance and lubrication information. Read about it here.
Published September 19, 2019
Vehicle noises and vibration can be a big challenge for service technicians. There are several factors that will greatly help the technician to make a quick and accurate noise/vibration diagnosis. Mitchell 1’s TruckSeries can help you “fine tune” your diagnosis quickly.
Published September 24, 2019
Keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure helps to improve tire life, fuel mileage and vehicle safety. Obviously, on a tractor and trailer there are a good number of tires to check and maintain. It takes time to check and balance the air pressure on 18 or more wheels. Thus, a tire inflation system can truly help the operator and maintenance personnel maintain uniform tire pressures with considerably less effort.
Published October 4, 2019
Along with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the Engine Serial Number (ESN) plays a crucial role in determining the service information you require. Using the correct ESN helps pinpoint your actual service, repair or maintenance requirements information.
Published October 21, 2019
We’ve all heard the old adage, “no news is good news.” While that saying may sound encouraging, the logical part of our mind probably wonders what’s going on with the “no news” part. See how TruckSeries can help you be ahead of the curve when it comes to ADAS.
Published November 15, 2019
Sounds associated with gears and bearings vary or disappear depending on the gear position selected and vehicle speed. From those sound clues, the technician may look at the transmission power flow charts to determine which gears and bearings are in operation when the sound occurs. Once the noise has been isolated, it may be time to pull the transmission out of the truck to take a look inside. This is when things get exciting.
Published December 5, 2019
When researching service and/or parts information for a Caterpillar engine it is very important to include the Arrangement Number(AN) along with the Engine Serial Number (ESN). The AN is a breakdown of the different components used in your specific engine. Items such as piston group, cylinder head group, fuel system group and all other components are described in detail.
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