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Selecting the Right Tires for Medium-Duty Trucks

Selecting the right tires for medium-duty trucks affects vehicle performance, fuel economy and tire replacement cycles. There are more variables involved when selecting tires for medium-duty trucks vs. light-duty. They include:

  • different tread types designed around a truck’s operating weight and tire position
  • tires designed for long haul, and on or off-road trucks

Tires should be selected on the basis of specific application of the truck and weight considerations.

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Truck Battery Maintenance

Your truck battery needs regular preventive maintenance. Corrosion can cause problems, downtime and expense. It’s best to spend a few minutes routinely inspecting each truck battery and going through the following steps:

  1. Use battery cleaner spray to neutralize any acid buildup.
  2. Rinse with water.
  3. Loosen terminal nuts with a wrench. Always disconnect the negative post first.
  4. Use a battery post and terminal brush to brush any residue and corrosion.
  5. Reattach the terminals to the post, doing the positive terminal first.
  6. Spray battery protective spray on battery terminals.
  7. Wipe your tools with a rag. Any sulfuric acid on rags can eat holes in them.

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10 Drive-Axle Ratio Factors to Consider For Medium-Duty Trucks

With a wide range of drive-axle ratios for medium-duty trucks available, fleet managers must weigh/factor carefully which one they choose for their fleet. Their decision will affect a truck’s top-end speed, fuel economy and load pulling ability.

For light-duty service trucks, the process for selection is pretty simple because there are only two to three ratios from which to choose. A good starting point is understanding what the drive-axle ratio means and how it affects truck performance. To do this,  Ken Gilles, truck operations manager for GE Capital Fleet Services, has listed the following 10 factors to consider:

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