From Santa’s Workshop Straight to Yours

gift ideas for the heavy duty truck industryOur Holiday Gift Guide selection will provide you with plenty of ideas for gifts that are ideal for your workshop warrior, automotive technician or heavy duty sleigh or truck driver. Not an easy lot to buy for!

Find the perfect gift, order directly online, cross it off your list and even receive FREE shipping if your order is over $250.

1. Give the gift of more free time. With an Electronic Logging Device such as the VDO Roadlog, your loved one will save hours on paperwork each month by automating their log books. The VDO RoadLog has no monthly fees or contracts and is the only ELD with a built in printer which helps make road-side inspections a breeze. The printout immediately eliminates any technology compatibility issues with having to transfer/display data electronically at a roadside inspection. And, because it is a thermal printer, it never requires any ink.

Buy the VDO RoadLog now. 

Read our article on the VDO Road Log for more information on how it’s not only a great time saver, but it also helps with staying in compliance.

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2. Safety in Numbers. Cold temperatures can lower tire pressure and cause tires to become under inflated. Not only can this lead to increased tire wear and lower gas mileage, but it also presents the risk of a blow out. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System automatically monitors the PSI and temperature of the tires to help the driver arrive safely at their destination.

View our selection of tire pressure monitoring systems for trucks.

 3. Norco Industries – Service Jack/3.5 ton capacity. A heavy duty floor jack designed for a variety of automobile shop uses.  Buy Now>

4. Tools to fit every need. From wrench sets and cordless screwdrivers to heat guns, drill drivers and lifts, we’ve put together a selection of tools fit for a king – or an automotive technician. Shop our tool gift guide now and get ready to cross even more off of your list.

5. Clean up Shop! Help keep those important work areas pristine with heavy duty vacuum power.  Choose from Shop-Vac wet/dry vacuums ranging from 5 gallons on up to 16 gallons.  And remember, if your purchase is over $250, shipping is Free – and the vacuum will be very handy when trying to get all those Christmas Tree needles out of your carpet.  Shop our selection of Shop-Vacs here.

6. Make their workshop Merry and BRIGHT with a Bayco retractable fluorescent work light. A bright choice for lighting up any garage or workshop. Buy Now>

 

7. This gift packs portable power!  Jump start cars, motorcycles, SUVs, pick-ups, boats, lawn tractors and more with the SOLAR 900 Peak Amp Ultra Portable jump starter. Ideal for consumer and light commercial applications. Compact, lightweight and portable. Buy Now>

8. Drive comfortably with an air ride truck seat from Premium Seating. Driver comfort is paramount to a safe, healthy and productive driver and it all starts in the driver’s seat.200L_s_new And today’s driver seats are quickly evolving beyond the regular factory installed seat to an ergonomically designed seat with options such as lumbar support, side bolster support, seat tilt, extendable cushion seats, memory height, and even heated seats to perfectly support your body as you drive.

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For a comparison of the seats and the features of each, view our article “A Driving Force in Comfort”.

For additional holiday gift ideas, visit us at www.ryderfleetproducts.com. You can search by price, by brand and even by customer review to find great holiday gifts.

About Ryder Fleet Products:
Ryder Fleet Products provides a wide range of truck parts, shop supplies & safety items for medium and heavy duty trucks. And we offer FREE shipping for orders over $250. Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

 

 

A Driving Force in Comfort.

Today’s heavy duty trucks can be quite sophisticated with many cutting-edge, hi-tech products behind the wheel and under the hood. At Ryder Fleet Products, we continuously research and meet with industry manufacturers and suppliers to discover and bring you the latest advancements in truck technology.

This time, our focus turns from technology for the truck to technology for the driver. Driver comfort, we all know, is paramount to a safe, healthy and productive driver and it all starts in the driver’s seat. And today’s driver seats are quickly evolving beyond the regular factory installed seat to an ergonomically designed seat with options such as lumbar support, side bolster support, seat tilt, extendable cushion seats, memory height, and even heated seats to perfectly support your body as you drive.

200L_s_newTo offer our customers the best in premium air ride seats, we have partnered with Prime Seating, Inc., located in Duluth, GA. These specially designed and engineered air ride truck seats are made for both medium and heavy duty trucks (and buses) and use the latest technology to promote a healthy driving position.

The seats range from a 200 series to the fully luxurious 600 series. Each series has different options, and in this article, we break these options down for you so you can easily compare one model to another.

You can see all the Prime Seat series offered by Ryder Fleet Products by visiting our Prime Seating page.

BASIC INFO
First let’s discuss some basic information that is helpful to know as you begin your research and comparison.

These seats come standard with the 4.25″ tall mounting base.  A lower 1.75″ mounting base is available upon request at no extra charge. The short base is popular for those who want the seat to settle to a position closer to the floor.

Each series (with the exception of the 600 series) is available in either cloth or leather. A “C” after the series number (i.e. 200C) indicates the cloth version and an “L” (i.e. 200L) indicates the leather version.

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A useful thing to note is that there is no price difference between the cloth and leather options. All of the leather series are made from a very soft, high end synthetic leather, with the exception of the 600 series which features a natural leather.

An “H” in the product name (i.e. 300LH), lets you know the seat is a mid-back seat and features an adjustable headrest.

All of the seats come with a 3-year warranty on the foam and cushions and a million mile or 5 year warranty on the seat structure itself.

The seats are simple to install and should take about 15-20 minutes.

EACH SERIES SUMMARIZED
Let’s go over each of the series in detail now. As we mentioned, they start with the 200 series and go on up to the luxurious 600 series which boasts not only heating options, but a cooling option as well.

The 200 series
The 200 series (200C for cloth; 200L for leather) offers an innovative seat with a fully reclining backrest and dual arm rests. It also features an air height adjustment, fore/aft slide adjustments (to position you closer or farther away from the steerling wheel) and fore/art isolator – lock/unlock feature. You’ll find the 200 series a vast improvement over the standard factory installed truck seat and you’ll notice a welcome difference in your driving comfort.

Download the 200L flyer for more details. (pdf file)

The 300 series
This series offers everything the 200 series offers PLUS the following upgraded features:upper and lower air lumbar support (great for bad backs), side air bolster support, adjustable seat cushion extension, and an adjustable tilt. View the 300C for cloth or the 300L for leather.

The 300 LH is a mid-back profile seat with an adjustable independent headrest. Download the 300LH flyer for  more details. (pdf)

The 400 series
The 400 series (400C for cloth; 400L for leather) features everything from the 300 series plus two additional comfort options: 1) an adjustable shock absorber setting which lets you choose from 11 different settings (from soft to hard) so you can adjust your ride to road conditions. 2) heated seats – both bottom and back.

The 400 LH is a mid-back profile seat with an adjustable independent headrest

Download 400L flyer here. (pdf file)

The 500 series
The 500 series (500C for cloth; 500L for leather) is the 400 series model with the addition of 2 new features: 1) memory height setting – simply adjust the seat to your preferred height initially and it automatically resets to that height each time you enter the truck. 2)  A quick release button allows you to dump and refill air with a one button push in/out.

The 500 LH – Like the 300 and 400 series, the 500 series also offers the 500 LH -a mid-back profile seat with an adjustable independent headrest.

Download the 500L flyer for more details. (pdf file)

The 550 RH-BUS. This seat is for buses and has all of the controls on the ride hand side of the seat.

The 600 series – All the bells and whistles!
The 600 series is available only in a premium natural leather. They’ve taken the 500 series and added one of our favorite features – a cool air ventilation system. This provides cool air throughout the backrest and bottom cushion and provides relief from hot sticky seats during the summer months. View the 600 series now. Download the 600L flyer here for more details.

FEATURES AT A GLANCE
For a quick side-by-side comparison of each of the series of air ride seats, we’ve put together the following chart so you can easily compare the features between each series.

Find the seat that’s perfect for you at Ryder Fleet Products by visiting our Prime Seating page.

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Shop all of the Prime Seat series available at Ryder Fleet Products by visiting our Prime Seating page >

Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or 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.

LOCKOUT / TAGOUT – DEVELOPING YOUR SAFETY & COMPLIANCE PROGRAM

WHAT IS IT?
The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), 29 CFR 1910.147, addresses practices and procedures for disabling machinery or equipment to prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees perform service and maintenance activities. It also outlines program development and training for those employees.

WHO NEEDS TO COMPLY?
If your employees service or maintain machines where the unexpected startup, energization, or release of stored energy could cause injury, the standard likely applies to your company.

Examples of common general industry sectors that must comply include manufacturing, food, wholesale/retail, healthcare, hospitality, and entertainment. Exceptions include agriculture, construction, and maritime industries, as well as oil & gas well drilling and servicing.

WHY IS COMPLIANCE CRITICAL?
Employees servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be exposed to serious physical harm or death if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. According to OSHA, compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 60,000 injuries and 122 fatalities each year. Yet it was the eighth most frequently cited OSHA violation in 2013, often leading to substantial fines.

WHAT MUST EMPLOYERS DO?
Employers with employees exposed to hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment and machinery must:

  • Develop, document, implement and enforce the use of lockout/tagout procedures.
  • Check that new or overhauled equipment is capable of being locked out.
  • Ensure that lockout/tagout devices are durable, standardized, substantial, and used only for lockout/tagout purposes.
  • Establish an energy control program made up of lockout/tagout procedures, periodic inspections, and training.

WHAT MUST EMPLOYEES BE TRAINED ON?
Employees must be trained on at least three areas: aspects of the employer’s energy control program, elements of the energy control procedures relevant to their duties or assignment, and various requirements of the lockout/tagout standard.

HOW CAN J. J. KELLER HELP?jjk38329
J.J. Keller offers access to the complete range of information, training, and supplies to help you build a first-class lockout/tagout program, all backed by their team of in-house experts. Comply with requirements and train employees with The Lockout/Tagout training program. Available on DVD.

  • Provides critical info on OSHA’s lockout/tagout requirements (29 CFR Part 1910.147)
  • Explains authorized employees, affected employees and other employees – and roles and responsibilities for each type of employee
  • Covers types of hazardous energy; energy isolating devices; definitions of “lockout” and “tagout”; requirements for locks and tags
  • Demonstrates the typical lockout/tagout process, plus five additional complex situations common to workplaces
  • Available in English and Spanish

Ready-to-use training program includes several components.Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired

SHOP ADDITIONAL LOCKOUT/TAGOUT PRODUCTS
Additional lockout/tagout items to help you comply with requirements and help keep your employees safe are available online at Ryder Fleet Products.

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Thank you to J.J. Keller for this guest blog article on developing your safety and compliance program for lockout/tagout compliance.

Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or 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.

 

‘Tis the Season To Prepare Your Fleet for the Cold Weather

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As winter draws near, lots of us start looking out for deals on items like Christmas sweaters, winter coats, and maybe a snow sled. However, if you’re an owner operator, fleet manager, or just do a lot of winter driving, chances are you’ve got ice scrapers, winter wiper blades and heated mirrors on your list as you begin to prepare for the wintry days ahead on the road.

At Ryder Fleet Products, we can help you and your fleet get ready for the blustery, cold days of winter driving conditions and have put together the following checklist for you as you begin to winterize your truck and settle down for a long winter’s drive.

Ice Scrapers, Snow brushes
Remove snow, ice and frost from your windshield with an ice scraper or use a snow brush to help remove accumulated snow.

Winter Wiper Blades
One of the easiest things you can do to prepare for winter driving is to replace your current wipers with those especially designed for winter conditions. Winter wipers are thicker, more flexible, and can remove heavy rain, sleet and snow better than regular blades. A good winter blade such as these Anco Winter Wiper Blades, are made with a rugged rubber cover over a heavy duty frame to prevent slush from freezing joints.

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De-Icer
Have a de-icer on hand such as CRC’s Ice Off to melt snow, ice and frost on contact from your windows. This de-icer works in sub-zero temperatures and will not harm a vehicle’s finish.

Tip: Also useful for thawing frozen locks.

 Coolant Tester
A coolant tester, such as this refractometer from Fleetguard Cummins provides a fast and easy way to determine the freeze point protection in both Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol coolants. It is more accurate than test strips or float-type hydrometers and is as easy as 1,2,3.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
Cold weather can lower tire pressure and cause your tires to become under inflated. Not only can this lead to increased tire wear and lower gas mileage, but it also presents the risk of a blow out. Check out these tire pressure monitoring systems for trucks from TST – the leader in tire pressure and temperature monitoring equipment.

Tip: A tire pressure monitoring system also protects you during the summer months when tires are prone to becoming over inflated.

For more info on tire pressure and the effect it can have on your tires as well as your vehicle, read Have Peace of Mind on the Road with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.  or Benefits of Checking Tire Pressure Regularly.

Gloves
Ryder Fleet Products carries a wide range of gloves including kevlar, leather, latex, neoprene, and pvc gloves. For winter weather purposes, though, here are two of our favorites.

The Powergrab Orange Glove
These insulated gloves are often used in Refrigerated Areas, Utilities, Food Processing, Commercial Fishing, Construction, Outdoor Winter Activities and Recreation. We like them for their excellent thermal insulation and extra softness.

Mechanics’ Gloves
Mechanics’ gloves offer protection and comfort all year long but in winter, they have the added benefit of adding warmth as well. Shop Ryder Fleet Products for a wide variety of Mechanics’ Gloves21242HY

Tip: Most of our gloves are available in several sizes –  be sure to look for the correct size when placing your order.

Ice Cleats
Ice cleats fit easily over all types of shoes and boots and help maintain traction in slick outdoor conditions. The cleats are removable but if you are a driver, and don’t want to remove them each time you drive, consider an ice cleat such as the Jordan David Low-Pro™ or the Jordan David Altragrips-Lite™.   

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Heated Rearview Mirrors
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the foggiest of them all? Keep fog and ice off side view mirrors and spot other vehicles easier with a heated mirror. You’ll find trusted names in vehicle mirrors at Ryder Fleet Products. Shop from well known brands such as Velvac, Grote, Retrac and Mirror Lite.

Tip: A lot of the mirrors look similar so be sure to check the part number to make sure it will fit your particular vehicle.

JJ Keller Master Driver Series Extreme Weather DVD
This Extreme Weather DVD from JJ Keller offers sound advice for handling a variety of potentially deadly conditions. Covers techniques for driving in snow, ice, rain, fog, heavy winds, and more.jjk90_dvd

PLUS, don’t forget these winter driving staples …
Booster CablesTow StrapsAir Brake Antifreeze and Antifreeze tester,
Diesel Fuel Injector CleanerFuel Conditioner Injector,
Water Remover for Diesel FuelHoses and ClampsAir Tank Drain Valve,
Radiator and Cap Pressure Tester

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Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or 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.

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Advertising Wheels are Turning at Ryder Fleet Products

When you consider the number of miles most trucks travel on a daily basis along with the fact that each truck is effectively a large, blank, moving canvas, you get a unique advertising opportunity. The surfaces of the truck can function great as a moving billboard – a billboard that can spread your advertising message to people right along your truck route.

At Ryder Fleet Products, our trucks travel all over the country delivering after market, heavy duty truck parts and tools representing over 400 manufacturers”, according to Senior Director and General Manager, Scott Gates. “We wanted to use this as an opportunity to share our brand on the road – after all, that’s where the majority of our products are used.”

Ryder began working with Media Vehicle Graphic Solutions in Georgia to help create and install full color truck-side graphics on a select number of our North American trucks – beginning the journey of driving through the advertising clutter that exists with so many mediums today.

According to “The visual impact of trucks in traffic,” a study completed by The American Trucking Association, 98% of truck ads create a positive image for the company.

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To find the right theme for the campaign, our Marketing Department came up with several different options. In the end, the message, “Looking for Heavy Duty Truck Parts? We’re Right Beside You”, was chosen because it’s short, it’s simple and the phrase “we’re right beside you” works well whether you go with the literal meaning or view it as a reflection of the support that we strive to offer to our customers.

We look forward to connecting with a new and unique audience as we take our message on the road.

Visit Ryder Fleet Products for more information or to purchase heavy duty truck parts, shop supplies or maintenance and repair tools for your vehicle or fleet.

Locate a Dayco Part Number in a Snap

Since the early 1900s Dayco has been an innovative, technology-driven company and a leader in the research, design, and manufacturing of belts, tensioners and pulleys.

Today, even their catalog application guide is using state-of-the-art technology – making it quicker and easier to locate a part number for your vehicle. From Dayco’s catalog application guide, you can search for a part number using a VIN number, license plate number, part number, competitor number or OE number. Results will include a complete list of Dayco parts available for your vehicle including specs, routing instructions, even installation videos.

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The Dayco catolog application guide lets you search for a Dayco part using a VIN number, license plate number, part number, competitor number or OE number.

Once you have the part number, you can simply enter it in the search bar on the Ryder Fleet Products website (located at the top of each page of our website) and it will take you directly to that product. Just add it to your shopping cart, checkout, and your part will be on its way to you.

Dayco’s work on their catalog application guide won them the President’s Award for Catalog Excellence in the web catalog category at the National Catalog Managers Association (NCMA) awards. The NCMA recognizes the best examples of paper, web and mobile catalog applications and are judged based on their design, navigation, innovation, interactivity and quality of content.

Need a part number – not near a computer?
With Dayco’s mobile app, you can simply scan a VIN number directly from your vehicle for instant access to a list of Dayco parts and specs available for that vehicle. Access all the information you need – right from your phone. Right by your vehicle.

This app won Silver at the NCMA awards in the mobile catalog category, and was a 2012 Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice.

Download mobile app:

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Ryder Fleet Products is a leading distributor of Dayco products and we carry a wide selection of items for heavy duty trucks. You’ll find truck belts, fuel hoses, truck belt tensioners, pulleys, V Belts, fan belts and serpentine belts. If you’re looking for Dayco, you’ll find it at Ryder Fleet Products. Click here to view all Dayco products 

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.

5 Reasons You’ll Love the VDO RoadLog

VDO RoadLog Electronic Logging Device

The FMCSA has proposed that interstate commercial truck and bus companies soon be required to use ELDs (Electronic Logging Device) in their vehicles to improve compliance with HOS Rules. Many drivers and fleets are deciding to go ahead now and replace the paperwork burden of manual logs with electronic logging. But where do you start and what should you look for in an ELD, and are there benefits to switching from manual logs to an ELD sooner than mandated?

In this article, we discuss the VDO RoadLog ELD and outline five favorite features that drivers, owner operators, fleets, and even roadside inspectors, say they love the most.

1. No monthly fees/no contracts
Ease of use and affordability have made the VDO RoadLog popular among drivers, owner operators and small to medium fleets. There are no monthly fees or contracts to worry about and it’s the lowest cost solution for full regulatory compliance.You’ll get fast, accurate, and easy reporting on a budget. A budget that doesn’t have to be dipped into month after month.

2. Built-in Printer – print and go at roadside inspections
When going through a road-side inspection, we all want to hear the “You’re good to go!” from the inspector as quickly as possible. And the built-in printer helps make that happen. Simply print your logs right from your truck, and hand them to the compliance officer – the same as you’ve done with manual logs. The printout is similar to the log book style so the inspector is able to quickly and easily view and interpret the data – making the printer a feature that the roadside inspector appreciates just as much as the driver. The printout immediately eliminates any technology compatibility issues with having to transfer/display data electronically at a roadside inspection. And, because it is a thermal printer, it never requires any ink.

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Simply print your logs right from your truck, and hand them to the compliance officer.

3. Automatic software updates – Keeps you current with the latest changes
Keeping up to date with the most current FMCSA regulations is now automatic.
When there’s a change to an FMCSA regulation, and there’s been 5 concerning HOS within the last 2 years, your VDO software will automatically update to reflect the latest regulations so you can rest assured you’re always in the know.
If you’re about to exceed any of the upcoming limits, it will even send you an alert letting you know — helping you steer clear of compliance violations and fines as much as possible.

4. Your edge to getting the best loads
Because fleets may receive more favorable insurance rates if they can show that their drivers are operating in compliance, it benefits them to hire a driver who is already ELD equipped. These drivers are able to show that they operate safely and within compliance and can have a positive impact on a fleet’s CSA scores. Additionally, it can give a driver an advantage when it comes to receiving the best loads from their favorite carriers. For many drivers, this advantage has been their motivator for going ahead and making the switch from paper logs now.

5. Automatically generate your logs – no calculator needed
Use the VDO RoadLog not only for tracking Hours of Service, but also for recording a whole host of other data automatically. Data, such as DVIR, IFTA and IRP, is also captured and provides a complete FMCSA compliant report you can use to run your trucking operations safer and more efficiently.

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Automatically capture Hours of Service, as well as other data such as DVIR, IFTA and IRP.

Want to know more?
Download the product brochure or view the videos below to learn more about how the VDO RoadLog can benefit you and your fleet.
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Download  pdf of the VDO RoadLog product brochure 

Video – VDO RoadLog ELD – Electronic Logging Device Overview
The VDO RoadLog ELD can help you stay in compliance, protect your CSA scores and make operations safer and more profitable.

Video – VDO RoadLog – Buyer’s Guide
Great video to guide you through the essentials of what to buy to get up and running with the VDO RoadLog ELD.

VDO RoadLog™ was developed by Continental, the global leader in regulatory compliance systems, with over six million electronic logging devices in use worldwide.

 

 

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.

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”.

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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!

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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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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.
855.885.5631
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.

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.”

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