Jeep Ram Ecodiesel Tone Wheel Recall

2014-2018 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel Recall Alert

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling over 58,000 Jeep Ram Ecodiesel models including the Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0-liter diesel engines. A problem with a sensor inside the engine might cause the vehicles to stall suddenly. If that happens when they’re in motion, it could lead to a crash. Similar FCA vehicles that don’t have 3.0-liter diesel engines aren’t included in this recall. In a report…

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15 States to Electrify Trucks, Vans & Buses

15 States Announce Conversion to Electrify Trucks Vans and Buses

Fifteen states and Washington, DC have announced that they will follow California’s lead by doing away with diesel in favor of switching to electrify all heavy-duty trucks, vans, and buses, in what could be one of the most significant efforts to reduce harmful diesel engine pollution in the United States. It could also be a big development in the fight for environmental justice because emissions from diesel-powered commercial vehicles disproportionately harm…

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Western Star 4700 5700 Ground Harness Recall

Western Star 4700 Ground Harness Recall Alert

An Undersized Ground Wire in some 2019-2021 Western Star 4700 and 5700 models may melt, subsequently causing the engine to stall without the ability to restart, posing both a potential fire and traffic hazard simultaneously, as an engine stall may increase the risk of a crash. Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2019-2021 Western Star 4700 and 5700 vehicles. A particular wire in the ground harness may…

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Technician Shortage Increasing Labor Rates

Commerical Truck Technician Shortage Leads to Increasing Shop Labor Rates

The Heavy Duty Truck maintenance and repair industries are experiencing a skilled labor shortage as those working the technician positions in the Baby Boomer demographic retire in greater numbers than those replacing them, causing the unintended consequence of higher shop labor rates. “The key differences impacting maintenance costs today are skilled labor shortages combined with advancements in vehicle technology. Employees with advanced technical skills are becoming more difficult to find…

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Manufacturers Betting on Hydrogen vs Electricity

nikola hyundai toyota hydrogen fuel cell truck partnership

Hyundai Motor Co. has an ambitious plan to wean the global trucking industry from fossil fuels by creating green commercial trucks with the same power and range as their diesel counterparts, choosing hydrogen over electricity. The South Korean automaker unveiled the cornerstone of its strategy in Atlanta last month by showing the concept of its planned HDC-6 Neptune hydrogen fuel cell truck. Styled like a 1930s Art Deco steam locomotive,…

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FMCSA Denies ELD Exemption for Small Carriers

FMCSA Denies ELD Exemption for small Carriers

A group representing trucking and other companies with 50 employees or less has been denied an ELD exemption from the FMCSA and their federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. The exemption, filed by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC), received nearly 2,000 comments after it was posted in June 2018, with the vast majority – roughly 95 percent – in favor of the exemption. However, the Federal Motor Carrier…

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Trump to Ease Drive Time Rules for Truckers

Trump Administration moves to ease truck drive time rules

Truck driver Lucson Francois was forced to hit the brakes just five minutes from his home in Pennsylvania. He’d reached the maximum number of hours in a day he’s allowed to be on duty. Francois couldn’t leave the truck unattended. So he parked and climbed into the sleeper berth in the back of the cab. Ten hours would have to pass before he could start driving again under current drive…

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Kenworth & Peterbilt Transmission Software Update

Eaton-Fuller Transmission Software Update

PACCAR Incorporated (PACCAR) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks, and Peterbilt 567 and 579 trucks, all equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. The display software that indicates which transmission gear the driver selected may display incorrectly. The display can indicate ‘N’ when the shifter is set into ‘D’ or ‘R’, and the as a result, the truck…

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Hino Truck Connecting Rod Wrist Pin Bushing Recall

Hino Trucks Connnecting Rod Wrist Pin Bushing Recall

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. (Hino) is recalling certain 2011-2012 NE8J, NJ8J, and NV8J trucks. The engines have a wrist pin bushings in the connecting rod that may shift and cause excessive cylinder wear. CONSEQUENCE: Excessive wear of the cylinders due to the connecting rod rubbing can result in engine failure, increasing the risk of a crash. REMEDY: The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is…

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Bosch to Supply Nikola Electric Powertrains

Bosch to Supply Nikola Hydrogen Electric PowerTrain

Nikola Motor Co. and parts supply company Bosch will jointly develop powertrain systems for the Nikola One and Nikola Two, hydrogen-electric Class 8 semi-trucks scheduled to reach the market by 2021, the companies announced Tuesday. Separately, Nikola confirmed that the trucking startup completed a $110 million funding round in late June to bring its total to $900 million. Under the powertrain agreement, Bosch will supply Nikola with its eAxle technology that houses…

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