• Why is a Caterpillar Engine Arrangement Number Critical to Efficiency?

    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.

  • How to Quickly Find Engine Serial Numbers

    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.

  • Routine maintenance used to be simple

    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.

  • Don’t Overlook Those Grounds!

    Ground Point LocationIf 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.

  • When the Sun Comes Out . . . Check the Brakes

    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.


    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.

  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid FAQs

    Does DEF FreezeDuring 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.

  • Technician’s Training Tip – Greasing the Clutch

    Professional Clutch maintenance tipsNot 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.

  • TPMS vs. Mother Nature

    Tire Pressure in Cold weather specificationsAs 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.