Best of the Blogs – 2021 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 7, 2021
To be a Truck technician requires a lot of time and energy, and requires a major investment in your physical and mental being. Yet, as with every major investment everyone looks forward to a great return. To ensure the best chance at a great return, you must start with taking care of your best “tool”. You! Here are some great tips and tricks to help you get the best of you from our own Chris Wenberg.
Published January 20, 2021
Driving down the road at some point all of us have noticed the large and small chunks of tire rubber on the country’s highway’s and byway’s. Most technicians know these road hazards can be attributed to Big-Rig trailer tires that have failed and separated; most like due to low tire pressure or improper re-treading. These faulty repairs can cause accidents due to swerving, and hundreds of thousands of dollars worldwide in property damage to vehicles and infrastructure.
Published February 3, 2021
The heavy truck engine compartment is a busy environment to say the least. Much like popular cities such as San Francisco and New York, space always comes at a premium. In order to optimize all the available space in the engine compartment, OEMs have turned to integrating ancillary items with the goal of more effective use of space. In doing so, they provide other benefits as well.
Published March 9, 2021
These days many OEMs use colors in their graphics to describe repair procedures. They provide a simple universal description for procedures to follow when making repairs. Arrows and symbols are also used and provide additional repair or procedural instructions. Let’s take a quick look at some of these graphics from General Motors available in TruckSeries.
Published April 6, 2021
A major cost of operating a fleet of trucks on the road daily is the cost of tires. Along with a good maintenance program that includes wheel balancing and tire rotation it is always a good idea to follow OEM recommendations for a Front End Alignment. Learn how Mitchell 1’s TruckSeries can help you master those alignment basics and get your trucks running smooth in this blog.
Published May 19, 2021
Ever turn on your car, crank the air conditioner up and then promptly be greeted with the melodious odor of something “funky”? Find out what it could be from our own Dan Kincaid, Senior technical Director for Mitchell 1’s TruckSeries.
Published July 11, 2021
It is absolutely imperative to use the correct fluid whenever servicing a truck. Adding the wrong type of anti-freeze, oil or transmission fluid can cause severe damage to a component or system. Luckily, TruckSeries truck repair information provides oil, fluid and lubricant charts for most vehicles to make sure your shop avoids the repercussions of using the wrong fluid(s).
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