锘??xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> Back on the Road - Maintenance A Blog by TA & Petro Stopping Centers http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification BlogEngine.NET 3.3.5.0 en-US http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/opml.axd http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/syndication.axd My name Back on the Road 0.000000 0.000000 Truck A/C Maintenance Tips to Help You Beat the Summer Heat <p><img src="http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/image.axd?picture=/2019 Blog Po/06-June/AC Repair_main.jpg" alt="TA Truck Service technician performing commercial truck air conditioning services." /></p> <p>On a hot summer day, the last thing you want is to feel a blast of warm air hitting your face after you turn on your air conditioning. When the summer heat is on, a malfunctioning A/C system will leave you uncomfortably shifting in your seat. It can affect the safety and performance of your entire vehicle&mdash;and your productivity.</p> <p></p> <p>With proper care and maintenance you can keep your A/C system running smooth and your deliveries on schedule this summer.</p> <h4>The Cold, Hard Facts</h4> <p>Today&rsquo;s A/C systems are fairly complex and continue to evolve alongside technology. Learning how your A/C system works and how to properly maintain it can help keep you cool and cruising during a summer scorcher.</p> <p>A/C systems are made up of several vital components. At the core of the system is the compressor, a belt-driven device that essentially functions as a pump. It gets its name from compressing refrigerant gas and transferring it into the condenser. The condenser is a heat-dissipating mechanism that helps cool the refrigerant. It does this by radiating heat released by compressed gases and condenses them into high pressure liquids.</p> <p>Some systems also have a dryer, while others may have what&rsquo;s called an accumulator. Both devices help remove moisture and contaminants from the system. Today&rsquo;s systems also have expansion valves or orifice tubes, which help control the flow of refrigerant throughout the system.</p> <p>Lastly is the evaporator, which is designed to remove heat from inside your vehicle. It does this by boiling the refrigerant into a gas before transferring it back to the compressor.</p> <h4>Out With the Old, In With the New</h4> <p>While today&rsquo;s technology has helped modern A/C systems function more efficiently, these improvements also create a challenge for technicians.</p> <p>Modern heat exchangers have a parallel design, whereas older devices have a serpentine design. The modern design allows refrigerant to travel through multiple pathways as it moves across the exchangers, whereas the older design only allows refrigerant to travel through one path. While the newer parallel design has proven to be 25 percent more effective on average, it creates a conflict for today&rsquo;s technicians.</p> <p>Since the refrigerant travels through more than one tube, it&rsquo;s virtually impossible to clean these devices in a typical shop. Cleaning the older style coils was a relatively simple task, but these components on newer trucks must be replaced to avoid contaminating the entire A/C system.</p> <p>Modern systems also use less refrigerant, which means any leaks can lead to more severe damage in a shorter period of time. In previous years, it was fairly common to add a little refrigerant at the start of summer and it would keep you cool for the entire season. To run one of today&rsquo;s systems on such a small amount of refrigerant would leave the compressor starved of oil and cold refrigerant, and could quickly result in failure.</p> <h4>Why A/C Systems Fail</h4> <p>A common reason A/C systems fail today is because of low refrigerant due to leaks. Modern high-torque engines create a rotating or twisting force in the frame, which can result in loose A/C system connections and cracked condensers. Have your A/C system looked at by a professional technician if you notice any oil accumulating on your A/C lines.</p> <p>However, dirty cabin filters are possibly the most common cause of A/C system malfunction, or worse&mdash; failure. If one of the filters becomes clogged with debris and contaminants it will restrict the air flow across the evaporator, which can cause the system to freeze up and damage the compressor. To avoid having this happen to your system, replace your filters at least once a year and more frequently if you operate in a dirty or humid environment. Always refer to the manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations on filter maintenance intervals.</p> <h4>Pay Attention to These Warning Signs</h4> <p>When issues with your A/C system begin to occur internally, your truck will give you some warning signs. Listen to your truck and invest the time now to avoid spending more time in the shop later on.</p> <p>If you experience one or more of the following, you should have your A/C system inspected by a professional technician:</p> <ul> <li>Lack of air flow coming from the vents</li> <li>Warm air instead of cool</li> <li>A noisy compressor</li> <li>A lack of water dripping from the cab drain tube when A/C is running (when the humidity increase, so should the amount of moisture dripping)</li> </ul> <p>Follow these best practices when it comes to year-round maintenance to increase the reliability of your truck's A/C system:</p> <ul> <li>Have your cabin filters replaced as needed or according to the manufacturer's recommendations.&nbsp;</li> <li>Keep the condenser on the front of the cab clean.&nbsp;</li> <li>Keep the compressor belt tight and in good condition.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Don&rsquo;t wait until the hottest day of summer to service your truck&rsquo;s A/C system needs to be serviced. If you need professional assistance, stop into a TA Truck Service near you and let one of our technicians help.</p> http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/commercial-truck-ac-maintenance-tips http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/commercial-truck-ac-maintenance-tips#comment http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post.aspx?id=6e58cb74-8c79-496a-9f9b-fcf57a9e905a 鍛ㄤ笁, 12 鍏湀 2019 09:24:00 -0500 Maintenance TA Truck Service A/C Maintenance TA Truck Service http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post.aspx?id=6e58cb74-8c79-496a-9f9b-fcf57a9e905a 0 http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=6e58cb74-8c79-496a-9f9b-fcf57a9e905a http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/commercial-truck-ac-maintenance-tips#comment http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=6e58cb74-8c79-496a-9f9b-fcf57a9e905a 7 Tips to Help Prevent a Winter Breakdown <p><img src="http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/image.axd?picture=/2019 Blog Po/01-January/Prevent Winter Breakdown_Blog.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>There are some lucky drivers whose tires will never touch ice or snow this winter, but for most, it&rsquo;s a crucial time to ensure your truck is prepared to take on the hazardous roads ahead.</p> <p></p> <p>Between cold temperatures, corrosive highway de-icers and other winter hazards, this time of year is tough on trucks. Make sure you&rsquo;re <a href="http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/truckers-guide-winter-preparation">ready to roll</a> through the rest of the season with these seven preventive maintenance tips.</p> <ol> <li> <h4>Test your starting and charging systems.</h4> </li> </ol> <p>The electrical system and batteries are the heart of modern trucks. They require special attention, especially during winter when they&rsquo;re susceptible to cold temperatures and exposed to harsh highway chemicals. Have your batteries tested to make sure your rig is ready to crank during those cold morning starts. For extra measure, have a qualified technician test your alternator output, as well as your cables and connections.</p> <ol start="2"> <li> <h4>Inspect belts and hoses.</h4> </li> </ol> <p>Drastic changes in temperature can be tough on a truck&rsquo;s rubber components. That combined with the additional pressure and tension put on a vehicle&rsquo;s belts and hoses can lead to major issues. To avoid having these issues arise or worsen during the cold, have your coolant hoses and drive belt system inspected at every oil change. Inspect the belt for rib wear, cracking, glazing or piling. If you hear any belt noise or see any irregular belt movement, have your system inspected by a certified technician right away.</p> <ol start="3"> <li> <h4>Check tires for proper inflation, tread depth.</h4> </li> </ol> <p>Freezing temperatures, black ice and snow-covered roads create dangerous driving conditions. Protect one of your biggest investments with routine tire checks and pre-trip inspections. <a href="http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/tire-maintenance-tips-to-help-survive-winter">Check your pressure levels</a>, tread depth and inspect for any visible damage or debris that could be stuck in your wheel components. If necessary, give your tires a warm wash before inspecting them, as snow can cover potential warning signs of damage.</p> <p>Look for steam or melted show coming off wheel hubs, as this could indicate your wheel bearings are overheating. &nbsp;If you experience any vibration or unstable steering, have your tire alignment checked by a trusted service technician.</p> <ol start="4"> <li> <h4>Use an engine block heater.</h4> </li> </ol> <p>Depending on where your load takes you, your truck may need more equipment to withstand winter. Block heaters can help your engine reach combustion temperature, relieve stress on the engine and even reduce engine wear. Turn your block heater on at night or when the engine is off for long periods of time. To keep your block heater in top shape, have a technician complete a continuity check and make sure coolant levels are topped off.</p> <ol start="5"> <li> <h4>Keep your <a href="http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/Truck-Air-Brake-System-Maintenance">air system</a> dry and change air dryer cartridge.</h4> </li> </ol> <p>Make sure your wheel-ends and air dryers are in top shape in order to help keep moisture, contaminants and corrosion at bay. Whether your vehicle has drum or air disc brakes, have your air tanks drained of any moisture and replace the air dryer cartridge. Proper lubrication can also help combat moisture and battle corrosion. Make sure your automatic slack adjusters are properly greased, along with any other brake components, including clevis pin connections, cam tubes, shafts and bushings.</p> <ol start="6"> <li> <h4>Drain fuel water separator and change fuel filters.</h4> </li> </ol> <p>Winter weather also impacts your fuel system. The combination of cold winter air and warm fuel from the engine can result in condensation, which in freezing temperatures can crystallize and clog your filters, corrode injectors and do other damage to the fuel system. Use a winter diesel blend to help slow down this moisture buildup. You should also have your service provider drain your fuel water separator and change the fuel filters routinely.</p> <ol start="7"> <li> <h4>Consider using a winter fuel additive.</h4> </li> </ol> <p>Cold weather causes diesel fuel to gel because of its paraffin wax properties, which are designed to improve viscosity and lubrication. Consider using <a href="http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/diesel-fuel-additives-commercial-truck-maintenance">a winter additive</a> to help improve cold engine starts, prevent fuel gelling and to avoid moisture buildup in the fuel tank. If you&rsquo;re still not sure which additive is right for your rig, stop into a TA Truck Service location to learn more about their benefits and shop our selection of additives.</p> <p>While you can&rsquo;t control the weather, you can help prepare for it by routinely servicing and inspecting these areas of your truck throughout winter. You should also consider these <a href="http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/roadside-safety-tips-winter-breakdowns">roadside safety tips</a> in the event you find yourself broken down. If you find any issues during a pre-trip inspection, stop into a TA Truck Service and let one of our technicians help you get back on the road quickly.</p> http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/winter-truck-maintenance-tips-to-help-avoid-a-breakdown http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/winter-truck-maintenance-tips-to-help-avoid-a-breakdown#comment http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post.aspx?id=75b88201-951c-4bf2-a02e-298ef222eb1b 鍛ㄤ簩, 8 涓鏈?2019 10:57:00 -0500 Maintenance Winter Maintenance, Winterization TravelCentersAdmin http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post.aspx?id=75b88201-951c-4bf2-a02e-298ef222eb1b 0 http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=75b88201-951c-4bf2-a02e-298ef222eb1b http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/winter-truck-maintenance-tips-to-help-avoid-a-breakdown#comment http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=75b88201-951c-4bf2-a02e-298ef222eb1b Diesel Fuel Additives: Are You Treating Your Truck Properly? <p><img src="http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/image.axd?picture=/2018 Blog Posts/11-Nov/Fuel Additives_Blog.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Shop shelves are full of different fuel additives, but what exactly do they do? Fuel additives became more relevant after the EPA issued new standards to improve air quality in 2006, requiring the petroleum industry to produce a cleaner burning diesel fuel known as Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD).</p> <p></p> <p>While the switch to ULSD fuel has proven to reduce harmful emissions significantly, it has increased the number of shop visits we&rsquo;ve seen related to damaged parts of the fuel system.</p> <p>The most commonly used additives are designed to decrease cold-weather gelling, but additives are used year-round for many reasons. Fuel additives can improve fuel efficiency, enhance lubricity and help combat bacteria that thrive in fuel tanks.</p> <p>Whatever the season may be, it&rsquo;s important to know when fuel additives are necessary and how they can benefit your truck and productivity.</p> <h4>Cold Weather Additives</h4> <p>Cold weather is not kind to diesel fuel. Diesel fuel gels up in cold temperatures because it contains paraffin wax, which is designed to improve fuel viscosity and lubrication. When temperatures fall, paraffin wax thickens, in some cases so much that it clogs fuel filters or solidifies to the point where it will no longer flow.</p> <p>Adding a winter fuel additive to your maintenance routine is the easiest way to prevent fuel gelling. Winter fuel additives can help prevent paraffin wax crystals from plugging your fuel filters at low temperatures. They can also help improve cold engine starts and prevent harmful deposits from clogging your fuel injectors.</p> <h4>Year-Round Additives</h4> <p>Clogged filters are frequently a result of fuel gelling during winter months, but filter plugging can occur year-round without regard to temperature.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prior to 2006, the sulfur element in diesel fuel acted as a lubricant for components and seals, and served as a deterrent to microbial and fungal growth. These benefits were lost when the ULSD fuel was mandated. As a result, diesel fuel is more susceptible to excessive bacteria growth, which causes a buildup of contaminants also known as &ldquo;black slime&rdquo; that can clog fuel filters, damage fuel pumps and injector nozzles, and overall degrade the quality of your fuel.</p> <p>If you are experiencing these issues with your own truck, an additive could be just what the diesel doctor ordered. Try using a detergent additive, which can help clean and dissolve harmful deposits that form on critical parts like fuel pumps and injectors. A lubricity additive will help keep critical engine components like fuel pumps lubricated and reduce their chance of wear.</p> <h4>Water is the Enemy</h4> <p>Water contamination is one of the biggest enemies of diesel-fueled equipment. Diesel fuel leaves the refinery free of excessive moisture, but water can re-enter the mix a number of ways.</p> <p>Whether it enters through poorly fitting fuel caps or condensation in storage tanks, any extra moisture will promote bacteria growth, which can corrode injectors, clog filters and do other damage to your fuel system and subsequently engine.</p> <p>If you notice black slime in your fuel accompanied by a foul smell, try treating your fuel with a corrosion inhibitor additive, which has properties that can reduce the impact of water in diesel fuel if it comes in contact with metal parts.</p> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re using a winter additive to combat fuel gelling or a detergent additive to dissolve harmful bacteria clogging your filters, take pride in maintaining your fuel system and it will take pride in serving you and your customers.</p> <p>Stop into a TA Truck Service facility to shop our selection of diesel fuel additives today.</p> http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/diesel-fuel-additives-commercial-truck-maintenance http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/diesel-fuel-additives-commercial-truck-maintenance#comment http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post.aspx?id=a1c9affd-c073-467d-9a80-a18372438fd5 鍛ㄤ簲, 16 鍗佷竴鏈?2018 14:03:00 -0500 Maintenance TA Truck Service TA Truck Service Fuel Additives Maintenance TravelCentersAdmin http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post.aspx?id=a1c9affd-c073-467d-9a80-a18372438fd5 0 http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=a1c9affd-c073-467d-9a80-a18372438fd5 http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/post/diesel-fuel-additives-commercial-truck-maintenance#comment http://www.zhongqing41.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=a1c9affd-c073-467d-9a80-a18372438fd5 爱色影,爱色哥,爱搞搞,爱色影网站