Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?

Blog-Header_BrakeSafetyWeekBrake Safety Week is September 7-13th, 2014

Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?
Out-of-adjustment brakes and other brake system violations make up almost half of the out-of-service roadside inspection violations on commercial vehicles. From September 7-13 – Brake Safety Week – more than 30,000 brake inspections are expected to be conducted. Roadside inspectors will be inspecting brake-system components to identify loose and missing parts; air and hydraulic fluid leaks; worn linings, pads, drums and rotors; and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps will also be checked.

Before you leave the yard…
The first part of making sure that a vehicle’s brake system is in good condition takes place before the vehicle leaves the yard. This involves a check of the brake system’s components and functioning during all preventive maintenance. Under this approach, any time the vehicle is in for scheduled maintenance or for any repair, the brake system is checked by a qualified technician. The inspection should include the “at the wheel” components, including:

  • The slack adjuster for condition and free play
  •  All connecting hardware (clevises, jam nuts, pins, connecting rods, etc.) for looseness, damage, and excessive wear
  • The brake chamber for leaks, mounting, and condition
  • The airline(s) supplying the chamber for condition, cuts, wear, and rubbing
  • The brake linings/pads for wear
  • The brake drum or rotor for wear and cracks

The technician should also conduct an operational check of the overall system, including that:

  • The system does not leak air
  • The low-air warning indicators function
  • The parking/emergency brake system will activate should air pressure fall below minimums
  • The “tractor protection valve” (unique to tractor-trailers) functions correctly

If you find something during your preventative maintenance check that needs attention, search the truck brake parts section of our website to locate the parts you need to keep driving safely and receive the thumbs up from the roadside inspector.

Driver training
The other part of maintaining a good brake system is to train drivers on how to correctly inspect the brakes. This includes visually inspecting the “at the wheel” components discussed above, such as the brake chamber, the airlines going to the chamber, the pushrod, connecting hardware, the shoes/pads, and the drums/rotors. During the walkaround portion of an inspection, the driver should also check all of the airlines, tanks, hoses, and fittings that he/she can see. Drivers need to know how to check all of these components, what to look for, and what is considered “passing and failing.”

Training should also involve teaching drivers how to conduct a “system check” that includes a leak check, a check of the low-air warning device, a test of the emergency brakes, a check of the compressor build-up rate, a check of the parking brakes, and a rolling check of the service brakes.

An online interactive training course, such as one of these offered by JJ Keller, can be a valuable tool for understanding standard procedures for inspecting a vehicle.
The courses feature the latest technology and interactive learning techniques and combine the power and reliability of JJ Keller’s training programs with the convenience and cost-effectiveness of online training.

You can beat the odds for having a brake violation
If maintenance experts are inspecting the brakes during all preventive maintenance checks and drivers are doing a good job with their daily inspections, the brake system should pass inspection – whether it’s Brake Safety Week or at any other time!

Visit the brakes section of our website to find OEM quality heavy duty and medium duty truck brake parts. You’ll find the brand names you can trust such as Bendix, Performance Friction and Phillips Industries.

We’re here to help
Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

With over 60,000 parts in inventory from over 400 suppliers, we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

Betty Weiland, Sr. Transport Editor at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.



We’re Celebrating Supporting YOU on the Road for 30 Years.

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This year Ryder Fleet Products is celebrating its 30th anniversary! We opened our doors in 1984 – the same year that the Ford F-150 took over from the F-100 as the base model F-series truck; a Dodge Ram 50 would have set you back $8,995.00; and a gallon of gas was just $1.10!  That was 30 years ago and our mission is the same now as it was then, “To be the ‘supplier of choice’ for aftermarket parts, shop supplies and safety items for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles”.


Fast forward to the fourth quarter of 1999. We saw the potential that selling online could offer and we launched our website www.ryderfleetproducts.com to begin selling to a select number of major customers outside of Ryder. This led to exponential growth and Ryder Fleet Products quickly became known as a leading authorized distributor of over 160 auto and heavy duty truck parts manufacturers and hundreds of truck maintenance tool brands. When we launched our site in 1999, websites were still somewhat in their infancy. At the time our site went live, there were only 9.5 million websites – in contrast to the nearly one billion websites today. Google had only been around for one year, PayPal was just born and Wikipedia was still five years away!

RyderFleetProducts.com website

The early days of the RyderFleetProducts.com website

Over the years, Ryder Fleet Products has gained popularity, built up a loyal customer base, and now offers over 60,000 parts to individuals, fleets, owner/operators and maintenance/repair businesses. Our customers receive consistent national pricing and we are proud to provide them with substantial cost savings on genuine, OEM-quality, brand-name parts, assist inventory managers with staying in compliance and provide a dedicated staff for technical parts assistance and cross reference look ups.

“On average we help our partners reduce their spending on aftermarket truck parts, shop supplies and safety items by 20% or more. That can mean a savings of over $400,000 for a fleet that purchases $2 million a year”, says RFP Senior Director/General Manager, Scott Gates, who has been with Ryder for over 30 years ago.

“Customers are able to log-in to receive account specific pricing and messaging, display account specific products only, create a “my frequent purchases” list for easy re-ordering, and view monthly or quarterly usage and consumption reports. 

Maureen Morrell, Customer Service Manager and another long-time Ryder employee of over 25 years adds, “Fleet managers enjoy the ease of being able to quickly find what they need from one trusted source, submit just one order and receive one shipment. And they know that if they have questions, want to cross reference a part, or need help with vehicle applications, they can always pick up the phone and call us”.

Expanding our Network —Faster Delivery to You
In 2014, we continue our commitment of providing you with the right parts – at the right place, time and price, and have recently opened an additional distribution center in Carrollton, Texas, shortening transit times to our customers even more. This will be our fourth distribution center in the US, joining our other locations in Lawrenceville, GA, Reading, PA and Santa Fe Springs, CA, and will result in a more efficient nationwide distribution network presence. We know how vital it is for you to receive your order in the quickest way possible and this should enable us to achieve increased service levels to 85% of the U.S. population next day. This offers a huge advantage for our customers who rely on receiving their orders quickly while staying in compliance and saving on costs.

A fifth Distribution Center is also scheduled to open in Portage, Indiana in the 3rd quarter of 2014.

Planning for You
We continue to anticipate and plan for our customers’ needs. A few things we are working on at the moment that we think you’ll like include:

  •  Increasing customer product reviews to provide you with valuable information from others who have purchased the same product
  • Constantly upgrading our website to make it a valuable resource for your questions. For example, we’ve recently added a live chat feature, a searchable FAQ section, and the ability to submit a question and even upload an image or document for reference.
  • Expanding our social network presence and keeping you updated on industry trends, related legislation, products and special promotions through our e-blasts, blog, and other social media such as Twitter and Facebook. 
  • Continuing to meet with new suppliers to bring you the latest products and innovations on the market

Our Birthday. Your Gift.
Join us in our celebration win! All orders over $300 made between now and September 30, 2014 will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 credit to Ryder Fleet Products. Additionally, we will randomly select 30 people who follow @RyderFleetParts and retweet by August 30, 2014, “I’m helping @RyderFleetParts celebrate their 30th anniversary! #heavydutytruckparts” to receive a FREE coffee mug with the Ryder logo.

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Retweet and WIN!

All of us at Ryder Fleet Products wish to thank you for your continued business. We look forward to traveling many more miles with you!


We’re here to help. Find a part number, cross reference a part, get assistance with vehicle applications, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team.

With over 60,000 parts in inventory from over 400 suppliers, we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

2015 Indy Lights Series Selects PFC Brakes as Official Brake Supplier

PFC Brakes, a Ryder Fleet Products supplier, has been named the official brake supplier for the 2015 Indy Lights Series which will be featured on the new Dallara IL-15 car

PFC Brakes, a Ryder Fleet Products supplier, has been named the official brake supplier for the 2015 Indy Lights Series which will be featured on the new Dallara IL-15 car

PFC Brakes, a Ryder Fleet Products supplier, has been named the official brake supplier for the 2015 Indy Lights Series and will be featured on the new Dallara IL-15 car, which started testing in the summer of 2014. The new Performance Friction full brake package on the Dallara IL-15 utilizes purpose built, shape optimized 6-pot Monobloc calipers, PFC discs with patented slot pattern, and PFC CarbonMetallic © race pads. PFC Brakes supplies all 3 “Road to Indy” IndyCar Series along with winning more championships worldwide than all other brake suppliers combined.

The Indy Lights series has a rich history as a development platform for many of today’s top drivers and is a vital step for competitors to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America. The series boasts over 100 drivers as graduates including Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.

Performance Friction Brakes –  BRED FROM RACING, MADE FOR STREET
Over 1500 championships have been won on PFC carbon metallic pads but fleet maintenance managers also declare them a winner because of their stopping power, safety, extended pad and rotor life and corrosion resistance. Performance Friction Corporation is known for their innovative brake solutions and is the standard of excellence in high-performance vehicles, commercial fleets and street vehicles.

If you are a truck or bus operator, you may have experienced a great deal of problems with tone ring corrosion causing loss of ABS signals. This can lead to the need for the fleet to change the rotors at very low mileage – the rotor is fine but the ABS tone ring has failed. Testing has shown mere coatings are ineffective in preventing this corrosion because of very high, sustained temperatures in the rotor hat.  Performance Friction Long Life Brake Rotors addresses this concern with a design created specifically to better handle the heat. This can translate into huge savings for the fleet in parts, labor and downtime. Download our cost savings calculator (Excel Spreadsheet).

With a strong emphasis on the environment, PFC brake pads are more than just asbestos-free – they contain no antimony, lead, chromium or potassium titanate – making them safe for the technician, the environment, and the driver.

Ryder Fleet Products carries a wide range of disc brake pads and brake rotors and can assist you in cross reference lists, application guides, pricing and more.

View, learn and shop on our website or contact our customer service team at 800-759-6479 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com.

Download the Brake Pad Tips pdf from PFC.  “Tips for a quieter, longer lasting brake pad.”


-          How to Prevent ABS Issues with Performance Friction Brake Rotors 

-          Getting More Value Out of Your Brake Pads   

Celebrate America this July 4th with Patriotic Truck Photos

#truckingusaRyder Fleet Products invites all truckers to share photos of their truck’s American décor with us. Upload your patriotic truck photos to win!

Those in the trucking industry aren’t always able to be home for the 4th of July fireworks, picnics and parades. But they can celebrate on the road by proudly showing their red, white and blue as they travel along. On the road or off, in a parade or on your driveway, show us how you deck your truck out to celebrate America’s birthday.

Here are the guidelines: 

  • You may submit as many photos as you like – the more you share, the more everyone gets to  enjoy. Maybe your ideas will give your fellow truckers some American truck “decoration-inspiration” for the next 4th of July.
  • Photos can be of any type of truck – professional or personal; large or small; heavy duty truck or light or medium vehicle
  • You may only submit photos of your own truck.
  • Please limit photo file size to 3mg.
  • Deadline to submit photos is
    Saturday July 5, 2014 (We will post our favorite ones to our social networks starting the week of July 7- and some may be posted a bit earlier!)
  • Ryder Fleet Products reserves the right to post only the photos they choose. We may not necessarily post all photos received.
  • By submitting your photo, you give Ryder Fleet Products the right to use the photo in our promotional material.

We look forward to seeing your photos, your trucks and how you celebrate the fourth.

Our favorite photo will win a laptop backpack (Retail value: $59.95) and, of course, some pretty neat bragging rights.

Shop Ryder Fleet Products for your heavy duty, medium and light truck parts. We also carry shop supplies such as this red, white and blue Streamlight US Flag style LED stylus. Useful for checking under the engine, looking through the cab for items and inspecting hard-to-see places like the bottom of your picnic basket during the fireworks show.

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO.  Contest is closed and we are no longer accepting photo submissions for our Celebrate America photo contest. Please join us for another photo contest soon!

Pull Brake Drums Safer and Easier Than Ever Before

Using a large hammer to release a frozen drum may cause damage to the drum or even injure your personnel – not to mention the frustration this can cause. The Brake Drum Puller manufactured by Kiene makes a seized drum safer, faster and easier to remove – so you can get on with the job at hand. 

K-1356 Brake Drum Puller shown with K-1350 Wheel Grabber

Speed up your work flow and decrease wasted time spent on trying to release a frozen drum and add a drum puller to your shop today.

The pullers are available in two sizes – for 12.5”  and 16.5” brake drums.

Note that the drum pullers should be used with the K-1350 Wheel Grabber which is sold separately.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the brake drum puller, contact Ryder Fleet Products at 800-759-6479 or email us at FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

Here’s what one of our valued customers had to say about this product -“We have completed 3 different brake jobs with the smaller (12.5”) puller and it works great!” – James P. Service Manager; Lansing MI.

Prevent Warm Weather Tire Blow-Outs

Save 10% off TST Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Use promo code TST10OFF at checkout to save 10% and receive a 3 year warranty on all TST tire pressure monitoring systems – offer good until August 15, 2014.

From now until August 15, 2014, save 10% and receive a 3 year warranty on all TST tire pressure monitoring systems. Just enter promo code TST10OFF at checkout! 

The summer months can wreak havoc on your truck’s tires. As a matter of fact, mid-May through early October is considered by many to be tire-blowout season. The scorching hot weather can cause the air in your tires to expand quicker, thus leading to an unsuspected and possibly dangerous blowout. Under inflated tires are equally as dangerous. It is important to check your tire pressure even more frequently during these hot months to avoid a hazardous consequence.

Before you head out on the road, always be sure to check the pressure and condition of your tires. Ryder Fleet Products suggests the best time to do this is before a trip when the temperature of your tire and the outside air is the same. Be sure to check your owner’s manual to determine the correct pounds per inch (PSI), for your tires.

The easiest way to prevent a blowout is by installing a high-quality tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS). These tire pressure sensors have a strong emphasis on preventing blowouts by alerting the driver through a flashing LED light, audible alarm, and alert icon that activates when the tire pressure or temperature exceeds present thresholds. They can also monitor up to 34 tire positions and are all multi-zoned, enabling you to monitor tire pressure and tire temperature on individual settings.

Ryder Fleet Products wants to help you stay safe and on the road this summer. That’s why we carry a wide assortment of tire pressure monitoring systems, for both heavy duty commercial trucks and recreational vehicles, to help you properly maintain your tire pressure.

Select your tire pressure monitoring system application below

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Recreation Vehicles

 The closer your tire is to your vehicle’s manufacturer suggested guidelines, the fewer blowouts you’ll encounter!

Featured Manufacturer of the Month: Airsource

MEI Corporation: AirSource Air Conditioning heavy duty truck parts

Featured Manufacturer of the Month: Airsource

This month’s featured manufacturer is one of the leading manufacturers of air conditioning parts for trucks such as cab air filters, additives, condensers, fans, blowers, driers, leak detectors, refrigerant charging kits, refrigerant gauges, air conditioner replacement parts, and AC tools. Airsource’s reputation and expertise in air conditioning parts for heavy-duty equipment is why Ryder Fleet products partnered with Airsource as preferred heavy duty truck parts supplier.

Airsource, in conjunction with MEI Corporation, is the largest after-marketer of heavy-duty air conditioning components in the United States. Specializing in products for Class 6, 7, and 8 trucks, Airsource is the industry pioneer in the distribution of air conditioning components for heavy-duty equipment.

Ryder Fleet Products serves the needs for semi-trucks, light, medium & heavy duty trucks & tractor trailers trucks. Our extensive Airsource selection means instant access to air conditioning parts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because Ryder is the leading transportation company in the world, our bulk purchasing power with Airsource means we pass the savings on to our customers.

Nobody wants to be hot in their trucks this summer. Be sure to keep cool with a new Air Conditioning Compressor with 8 Grove Clutch from Airsource! This compressor has an improved clutch and bearing to provide longer service life than the standard air conditioning compressor, and is retro-compatible.

Act now! Don’t get caught in the heat!


Drug & Alcohol Management: How to Comply with the DOT Requirements


Managing a drug & alcohol program involves training your supervisors and testing and training drivers of commercial motor vehicles — in addition to handling the related recordkeeping — and is required under Part 382 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).


If your company operates vehicles that require drivers to possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL), your operation and the drivers of those vehicles are subject to the Part 382 and Part 40 requirements.


You must ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive the following:

  • 60 minutes of training on alcohol use
  • 60 minutes of training on drug use

Supervisors will use this training to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo testing. Additionally, you’re required to provide drivers with detailed information covering 11 key areas, including the effects of drug & alcohol use, your company’s policies, testing requirements, and how and where drivers can get help for substance abuse.


Part 382 requires the following six types of driver testing:

  • Pre-employment
  • Random
  • Post-accident
  • Return-to-duty
  • Follow-up
  • Reasonable suspicion


Employers are expected to maintain the following records of their drug & alcohol programs under Part 382:

  • Records related to the collection processes
  • Records related to the driver’s test results
  • Documentation of any other violations of drug or alcohol misuse
  • Records related to evaluations
  • Records related to education and training
  • Records related to drug and alcohol testing


Our full range of products and services can help you eliminate the hassles and complexities of administering an effective, compliant drug & alcohol program. Whether you need solutions to assist with recordkeeping, random testing, policy development or training, J. J. Keller has the tools to protect your Controlled Substances & Alcohol CSA BASIC score.

This is just one of the many training courses that J.J. Keller has to offer to keep you and your drivers safe and compliant. Be sure to visit www.RyderFleetProducts.com for a complete list of J.J. Keller courses.

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Copyright 2014 J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.® * Copied with permission by J.J. Keller


Roadcheck 2014: Preparing Your Drivers for Increased Enforcement


Roadcheck is an annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), North America’s leading commercial vehicle enforcement organization. Within a 3-day period, 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors conduct roadside inspections at more than 1,500 locations. The goal of this event is to increase safety and security on the highways and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles.


All commercial motor vehicles (trucks, buses, and motor coaches), plus all CMV drivers of those vehicles, could be subject to a North American Standard Level 1 roadside inspection.


The event begins at midnight on June 3 and runs for 72 straight hours — JUNE 3-5.


Last year, during Roadcheck 2013, 24.1% of all the vehicles inspected were placed out of service. Nearly 1 in 4 vehicles! Are your vehicles inspection-ready? Are your drivers ready, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. That can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.

Roadcheck 2013 results:

  • Total inspections — 73,023
  • Motorcoach inspections — 1,471
  • Vehicle out-of-service rate — 24.1%
  • Cargo securement violations in relation to all OOS violations — 11.7%
  • Brake-related violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 49.6%
  • Driver out-of-service rate — 4.3%
  • Seatbelt violations issued — 899

That’s just a sampling of last year’s results.


We offer a wide range of products and services to help you ensure your vehicles and drivers are prepared to pass a comprehensive inspection — during Roadcheck 2014 and throughout the year — so you can protect your safety reputation, CSA BASIC scores, and bottom line.

These are just a few of the products that J.J. Keller has to offer in order to keep your vehicles and your drivers on the road. Be sure to visit www.RyderFleetProducts.com for a complete list of J.J. Keller products.

Are your vehicles and drivers ready for Roadcheck 2014?

JJ Keller
    Copyright 2014 J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.® * Copied by permission



Replace Shock Absorbers to Improve Tire Life

The cost of replacing tires on any size truck generally tends to be higher than any other part that needs replacing. While checking tire pressure and alignment on a frequent preventative maintenance basis is a good practice, it’s important to make note of another tire preventative maintenance procedure – replacing shock absorbers.

Shock absorbers that are considerably worn tend to cause vehicles to bounce excessively and this in turn can cause premature wear on your tires. If you’re driving your truck on a bumpy road, the worn shocks on your vehicle can cause the weight on your tires to fluctuate anywhere from less than a thousand pounds to several times that load. And, if you’re driving on the highway, this fluctuation can happen close to a 100 times per minute according to Reagan Industries.

Once your tire starts to show signs of premature or irregular wear caused by worn shocks, the irregularity will continue despite replacing your worn shocks, and this in turn can lead to a considerably shortened life of your tire.

It’s important to note that when a new tire is installed, your shock absorber may appear to be in working condition, however, according to Reagan Industries, “if it has been run over 150,000 miles, it will have stroked over 30 million times.” Since shocks slowly lose their ability to dampen over time, it’s very likely that your shocks will cause excessive bounce leading to excessive tire wear.

So the next time you bring your vehicle in for tire preventative maintenance, be sure to consider changing your shocks before they go bad – remember, shocks replaced at the time of tire replacement can lead to savings that are far greater than the added preventative maintenance costs.