• Braking System Considerations — Disc or Drum?

    DiscBrake_Mitchell1There are several aspects to think about when considering a braking system for a commercial truck, but one of the first decisions is most likely going to be between disc and drum brakes. Each type has pros and cons that will impact different users in differing circumstances.

  • Diagnosing Parasitic Loads

    TruckSeries_WiringDiagram_featuredWith increasing electronic controls in modern trucks, parasitic loads are becoming a larger concern for today’s fleets. Diagnosing them can be a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.

  • It’s Time for Truck Tech Skills Testing!

    SuperTech_NoDateTruck service professionals around the U.S. are busy practicing their skills and prepping for the annual state technician skills competitions that lead up to the national SuperTech competition in the fall. Here’s the lineup of state competitions for the year where Mitchell 1 will be hosting the information skills testing!

  • Electrical Gremlins

    Gremlins_featuredThe term “gremlin” dates from World War II when it referred to mythical creatures that caused mechanical or electrical faults in airplanes or machinery. Their modern equivalent lives on in car and truck electrical systems.

  • Tank Considerations for Alternative Fuels

    NaturalGas_CNG-Tank_FeaturedOver time, and especially the past 15 years, natural gas has seen an enthusiastic reception into fleets around the globe and helped to ease the rising cost of oil. But the components for these fuels have different requirements than components on gas or diesel fueled trucks.

  • Increase Turbocharger Efficiency Through Proper Maintenance

    Turbocharger_featuredTurbochargers are an important component on today’s commercial vehicle diesel engines and are engineered to provide optimal performance throughout the engine operating range. Keeping the turbocharger and associated systems well maintained can have a big impact on overall vehicle efficiency.

  • Achieve Optimum Powertrain Performance

    ECU-Communication_FeaturedThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established standards to reduce fuel consumption and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions for the heavy duty trucking industry. These new standards have resulted in manufacturers developing every aspect of a truck’s powertrain to achieve optimum fuel efficiency.

  • It’s Time to Winterize Your Electrical System

    It’s Time to Winterize Your Electrical System Vehicles endure harsh conditions as they work continuously through the changing seasons. Winter can be one of the harshest because of the various challenges it presents with cold temperatures and extreme weather. In particular, excessive water and moisture from rain and snow are very corrosive and can degrade […]