Truck Classifications Explained

Seven Images of the Different Types of Truck Classifications.

Trucks are divided into a number of classifications based on the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The GVWR indicates the maximum weight of the vehicle plus how much weight it can carry when fully loaded (this includes fuel, cargo, passengers, and more). A truck’s classification is important because it determines: Here’s a brief look at […]

Boat Safety Tips to Remember This Summer

A Boat Out on the Open Water.

It’s summer and that means it’s time to get out on the water! Boating is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors, whether you like to fish, waterski, chase the wind, or just drift along and relax. The last thing you want is to have a boating accident or problem arise while you’re offshore. […]

Light-Duty vs. Heavy-Duty Diesel Careers 

A Man Working on a Car

If you’re interested in an essential, hands-on career that keeps America running, consider becoming a diesel technician or mechanic. Getting the training to become a diesel tech is the first step on a secure and rewarding future in the transportation industry. Demand for diesel mechanics is on the rise – in fact, according to the […]

Diesel Exhaust Brake Systems Explained

A Semi-Truck Driving on the Highway.

Many large, diesel-powered vehicles such as tractor trailers, heavy equipment, buses, RVs, and tow trucks use supplemental braking systems (such as diesel exhaust brakes or compression “jake” brakes) in addition to traditional wheel brakes. This is because large, heavy vehicles are much more difficult to slow down and stop once they pick up momentum, and […]

Top 3 Trim/Tilt Wrenches for Marine Techs

Three Trim/Tilt Wrenches

One of the most common outboard motor repair issues that marine techs face is replacing the seals on the hydraulic power tilt and trim system. The tilt ram is the cylinder that raises and lowers your motor (typically used when you are taking your boat in or out of the water). There are two trim rods […]

Types of Steering Linkages

Images of a Rack and Pinion and a Worm and Sector

You may not have ever thought about it, but it is a true work of engineering that allows you to effortlessly change the direction of your car with just a slight turn of your steering wheel. The steering system of a car is made up of many different parts that all must work together smoothly for […]

How to Check and Change a Fuse in Your Vehicle

A Man Changing a Fuse in His Vehicle.

Good news! You don’t have to take your car into the mechanic’s shop every time something goes wrong. While you should consult with an automotive technician for any significant issue, there are some minor fixes that you can easily take care of on your own. Case in point: a blown fuse.  Signs that you may […]

How Do Air Brakes Work? 

A Man Using the Air Brake in His Vehicle.

Tractor trailers, buses, and other large diesel-powered vehicles often transport big, heavy loads – so it’s important for everyone’s safety that these vehicles can stop when they need to. That’s where air brakes come in. Air brakes have huge brake drums to effectively stop a diesel rig hauling thousands of pounds, and they run on […]

5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers 

A Car with a Package on its Roof for Valentine's Day.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. If you have a car enthusiast in your life, here are some Valentine’s Day gift options that are sure to get your loved one’s heart pounding. Car detailing gift certificate If your Valentine loves their car (almost as much […]

Alternatives to Diesel Fuel: CNG vs. LPG vs. LNG

Listing the Alternative Diesel Fuels CNG, LPG, and LNG

Diesel fuel (which is refined from crude oil) produces many harmful emissions when it is burned, making diesel-fueled trucks and big rigs a major source of dangerous pollutants which are bad for the environment. That’s why many commercial fleet managers today are considering vehicles that use alternative fuels. Below are three of the top alternative […]