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 […]

Auto Technician vs. Diesel Technician: What’s the Difference?

A Sports Car is Being Compared to a Semi-Truck

If you love working with vehicles, enjoy learning about mechanical or electrical systems, and want an essential, rewarding, and hands-on career, you may be considering going to school to become an auto or diesel technician. But what’s the difference between the two jobs, and how do you know which is best for you? Read on […]

Winter Boat Care Tips

A Man Buffing the Front of His Boat.

As winter approaches, it’s important to take the time to protect and winterize your boat so that it stays in good condition and is sea-worthy the next time you want to take it out. Here are some helpful boat care tips to keep your boat safe and sound through the winter. Clean your boat inside […]

Truck Driving Tips for Winter 

A Semi-Truck in a Snowstorm on an Icy Road.

Winter weather can pose a big challenge for professional truck drivers. Driving a big rig can be especially dangerous in snow and ice – all that weight can pick up momentum that is nearly impossible to stop quickly if you lose control. Be sure to remember the following safe driving tips this winter, and remember, […]