Sample Sidebar Module

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Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_bottom position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_top position below the search.

What shops need to know to prepare for new diesel oils CK-4 and FA-4

By Kevin Ferrick, Senior Manager for Engine Oil Licensing, API

Fleets and shops will need to be ready for two new diesel engine oils arriving in the market on December 1: API CK-4 and API FA-4. API CK-4 oils will succeed the current CJ-4 engine oils as the backward compatible diesel oils. Backward compatible means CK-4 may be used where CJ-4, CI-4 with CI-4 PLUS, CI-4, CH-4, and earlier service categories are recommended. FA-4, on the other hand, is a new arrival intended for engines built beginning with the 2017 model year. Preparation should start now.

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Pour Points

Better oils are coming in 2017, but prepare to use more than one formula

By John G. Smith

Choosing the best engine oil for your fleet is no small matter. Every bottle of the liquefied technology is expected to create the perfect protective layer between moving surfaces such as cam lobes and lifters, and crankshafts and bearings. It cleans unwanted deposits and suspends otherwise damaging particles until they can be captured by filters. The detergents offset combustion-created acids which cause
oxidation. Dispersants remove soot and sludge. Anti-oxidants help the formulas last between oil changes.

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Making the Grade

New low-viscosity oils will play a key role in boosting fuel economy

NASHVILLE, TN – Cleaner air has traditionally come at a cost. Tighter emission standards have led to pricey equipment, increased downtime, added maintenance, and maybe even trucks with lower residual values, says Paul Menig of Tech I-M, a consulting service which specializes in truck-related technology.

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Current News

A Critique of MTO’s Response to SPR’s 2018 Truck Parking Study

By Ted Harvey, SPR Associates Inc.

Background
In May 2018, SPR Associates of Toronto submitted a report to The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on long-haul truck parking and rest areas along Southern Ontario Highways. This $280,000 Study involved a major review of truck parking in Southern Ontario and was led by Dr. Ted Harvey of SPR, with a U.S. and Canadian advisory panel of engineers and transportation and safety specialists. This state-of-the-art project was the most thorough study of this issue ever conducted in Canada, or perhaps anywhere, with engineering simulations based on over 450,000 truck trips on 25 highway segments, and online surveys of over 2,300 Canadian and U.S. truck drivers. Several hundred trucking companies were also surveyed. The goal of the Study was to assess the extent to which there is a shortage of truck parking and rest areas in Ontario and to make recommendations to address this issue.


The Study focused mainly on the highway 401 corridor from Detroit-Windsor to the Québec border, but with attention also to other 400 highways and rural areas. The 400 corridor, used by some 40,000 trucks per day, is a vital part of the supply chain for the Greater Toronto Area as well as the rest of Ontario. The surveys yielded detailed estimates of the need for parking on 25 Ontario highway segments and for over 70 existing truck stops. Drivers provided over 60,000 ratings of the difficulty of finding parking at all these locations. We also examined the history of implementation of Hours of Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations which limit driving hours to ensure rest. HOS drives the parking shortage and has been neglected by MTO for the past 15 years. On January 7, 2021, MTO issued a press release describing their proposed remedies to the parking shortage. 

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