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Macks Of All Ages On Parade

A long line of Bulldogs hit the road from the Mack Truck Customer Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania in October of 2012. The parade begins with oldest Macks and progresses to the newest, and includes a few other brands as well.

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Can YOU solve the children’s puzzle that leaves adults flummoxed?

Brain teaser that asks which direction a bus is travelling in leaves grown ups scratching their heads.  Can you figure it out?

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We at Trucklenders USA

Wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Years! 

Cheers to 2016!!

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Tips for Checking Greased Wheel Ends

Greased wheel ends can provide many thousands of miles of reliable service, provided proper maintenance procedures are followed.

Symptoms
First, check for the symptoms that indicate a wheel end needs service:

-A hot to the touch hubcap – take precautions to avoid burns – is one sign, as is site glass (oil) on a hubcap that is discolored or burnt.
-Low lubrication levels and wetness around either the hubcap gasket area or wheel seal are problematic, while vibration or wobble indicates a serious condition that requires immediate service.
-A grinding noise, a burning smell, smoke or abnormal side pull while braking also means something’s not right.
-Any vehicle being put into service after long storage faces the possibility that its seals may have dried out or become contaminated.
-Any time a wheel end has been submerged in floodwater, it must be inspected. As the water could be toxic, wear safety equipment.

Inspections
-Lift and support each axle. Rotate the wheel, checking for vibration. If the rotation is not smooth or if a vibration is detected, inspect the bearings.
-Check the bearing endplay with a dial indicator. If endplay is out of the recommended .001” to .005” range, inspect the bearings for wear and damage.
-Pull the outer bearing and inspect the lubricant level, as both over- and under-fill conditions shorten wheel end life. Semi-fluid grease should be at the 3:00/9:00 fill level, while hard grease should be present between all rollers and filled in the hub cavity to the bearing races.
-Inspect the grease. If it is milky white or foamy, the grease has been contaminated with moisture. Remove all lubricant out of the hub and clean and inspect the bearings for damage. If grit or hard particles are present, grease has been contaminated with external dirt, rust, grit or metal debris from failed wheel end components. Use a magnet to determine if the debris is metallic; if so, inspect bearings and other internal metal components.

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Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report

As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck.  The agency has been pursuing this change for more than a year in response to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to cut bureaucratic red tape.  “America’s truckers should be able to focus more on getting their goods safely to store shelves, construction sites or wherever they need to be instead of spending countless hours on unnecessary paperwork that costs the industry nearly $2 billion each year,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.  Drivers are now required to do pre-trip and post-trip inspections and file a report to the carrier even if there are no defects.  Under the new rule, no-defect reports will not be required. Drivers will still have to turn in reports of defects.

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Get an Overview Weather Advisories Across The US

Mother nature seems to always keep us on our toes, but we want everyone to be one step ahead of her!  Please see this fantastic overview of what is to be expected today across the US.  

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