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A Day In The Life Of A Diesel Mechanic

Diesel engines are the lifeblood of shipping around the world, and as such, these engines need capable doctors. A diesel mechanic has to diagnose any problems with the engines, treat these issues, and make sure the truck hits the road running at peak performance. 

Why Today’s Diesel Engines Are More Efficient Than Ever

Diesel engines have always been the most fuel-efficient choice of engine, as diesel is one of the most energy-dense energy sources commonly available. It contains more usable power than regular gasoline, thus delivering better fuel economy. Despite this, fleets have worked hard to increase their efficiency even further, and the results are nothing short of […]

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Fleet Service Mechanic?

Your trucks are more than pieces of equipment – they’re the lifeblood of your business. Proper, consistent maintenance is a must if you’re going to keep the fleet in top shape, and the best way to do that is with a fleet service mechanic. Going with an outside provider for regular fleet maintenance has amazing […]

The Top 10 Fleet Management Software Programs For 2020

Fleet management is important for Canadian trucking companies. Fortunately, the internet and cloud-based software programs have made this job easier, and many great programs help managers keep an eye on their assets. The best programs monitor performance, fuel efficiency, and safety, but they all have their unique strengths and features!

What’s The Difference Between OBD And OBD2?

In mechanics, OBD is a technical term that stands for “onboard diagnostics.” It refers to the high-tech system that diagnoses and reports engine problems in the vehicle. The system will alert the driver of issues and store the code related to the issue, which tells the scan tool of the technician what’s going on with […]

Is There A Transport Truck Bigger Than An 18-Wheeler?

Semi-trucks are built to work: their engines are six times bigger than the average car engine, letting them get over a million kilometres more on average. But can you get bigger than an 18-wheeler here in Ontario? Across Canada, weight standards are pretty uniform, give or take a tonne or two, but the length of […]

What Is The Best Scan Tool For Heavy-Duty Trucks?

One of the most important pieces of equipment for our team, both in the shop and out in the field, is the scan tool. The on-board diagnostics or OBD system is the truck’s ability to self-diagnose and report. It informs the driver of problems through dashboard alerts, but these are often just general messages. Scan […]

What Truck Has The Longest Lasting Engine?

All drivers want their trucks to be reliable and their engines to last. A low breakdown rate and lots of mileage require the right engine for the job. When Canadian truck drivers are on the road for 13 hours a day, they need an engine that goes the distance, too! 

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What Is The Oldest Trucking Company?

Trucking is a much older profession than most people think. Several trucking companies in the United States are more than 100 years old, and the legacy of Canadian trucking is almost as long. Believe it or not, the oldest trucking companies still around today were formed before trucks became available. They diversified fleets of horses […]

Do Truckers Pay For Their Own Fuel?

Fuel is one of, if not the largest operating expense in trucking. The amount of fuel varies per truck, but a semi-truck can hold between 800 and 1000 litres of diesel. This fuel is pumped into dual tanks that sit on either side of the tractor, giving them the name “saddle tanks.” They make sure […]