Submerged Tractor and Trailer Wheel Ends: Guidelines for Inspecting and Restoring

From hail storms and high winds to fog and heavy rain, each season brings its’ own unique challenges to the transportation industry. Though fleets and professional drivers are trained and well-prepared for all sorts of extreme weather, an unprecedented weather pattern or an unusually strong storm can test even the most experienced and prepared professional.

Hurricane season 2018 was exceptionally challenging for many fleets as two record-breaking storms hit back-to-back. Relentless rain and wide-spread flooding in the southeast left many of the area’s major roads and highways underwater. Stretches of 1-40, I-95 and US Route 70 were impassable for days and flood waters left many vehicles stranded either partially or fully submerged in water.

Lumberton, NC: Many roads leading to town flooded including I-95 pictured here.(Bradley Logan/NGB-SRSC)
Rain, storm surges and overflowing rivers left many vehicles along the southeastern coast with water damage. (photo courtesy

Hurricane Florence, making landfall Sept 2018, was the wettest tropical cyclone ever reported in North Carolina and the eighth-wettest overall in the contiguous United States. From September 13th to the 15th, heavy rain continued drenching the Carolinas as the storm refused to leave the area.

Just a few weeks later, Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental US since 1992. It was also the first Category 4 storm to ever hit the area.

The storms challenged many fleets by leaving a wake of damaged vehicles behind, seemingly overnight. Water damage was prevalent, and even after the rain moved out, storm surges and overflowing rivers continued to compound the issue. Once a tractor trailer has been submerged in water, certain components, such as the wheel-ends, can begin to corrode. Exposure to salt water, because of its’ corrosive nature, is even worse.

Water can cause wheel ends to corrode – degrading lubricants and metal components. Salt water, because of its’ corrosive nature, is even worse.

Faced with a number of units now out of service, fleets had to react quickly to begin the process of accessing and repairing the damage. Even if damage is not immediately evident, inspecting and restoring a water-damaged unit before placing it back into service is critically important and can help avoid a possible catastrophic failure in the future.

Learn more about the proper procedures and guidelines for restoring submerged tractor and trailer wheel ends in this free downloadable guide from Timken.

Download this free 4-page pdf, “Restoration Guidelines for Submerged Tractor and Trailer Wheel Ends” to learn more about inspecting and safely restoring a water-damaged unit.

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Earth Day – April 22, 2017


With Earth Day coming up on April 22, 2017, we share tips and product solutions to help those in the transportation industry move closer to their environmental goals.

Recycle used motor oil

Commercial vehicle maintenance centers likely already have a solution in place for the environmentally safe handling and recycling of used oil and other automotive waste materials. But what about at home? Be diligent there too and spend the $8 or so for an oil recycle jug that’s designed for easy disposing and recycling. Look for features such as a large opening (for easy filling and emptying), an easy carry handle and a lid to keep the oil contained while transporting to the recycle center. You’ll be surprised at how this convenient little jug-with-a-purpose will actually encourage you to make the trip to your local recycle center to dispose of the oil properly. Otherwise, it’s easy to give in and let that oil you just changed sit in a make-shift container in the garage month after month because there’s no practical way to move it anywhere else.

For home garage use, we’ve found this small 3 gallon jug “The Dispos-Oil Recycle Jug”   makes it super easy to collect, carry and transport used oil.


Explore Aerodynamic Technologies for Class 6-8 Trucks

There are several aerodynamic technologies available in the heavy duty aftermarket today that are providing owner operators and fleets with valuable fuel savings.

Consider some of the options listed below –  chosen based on their affordability, ease of installation and shorter payback period.

Trailer Side Skirts: Add the fuel-saving, aerodynamic technology of a trailer side skirt to reduce wind resistance and fuel consumption. For example, the EZ Edge Trailer Skirt is EPA SMARTWAY verified to deliver up to 7.3% in fuel savings. It also receives high marks because it is 100% recyclable and made in the USA.

• Fuel Saving Wheel Covers: Streamlining wheel openings on a truck & trailer with specially designed wheel covers, such as Deflecktors, is another simple and affordable aftermarket solution for reducing fuel consumption. These install in seconds with no tools needed.

• Aerodynamic Mud Flaps:  Even mud flaps have gone aerodynamic. Fleet Engineers, a Ryder Fleet Products supplier, manufacturers the AeroFlap® Aerodynamic Mud Flap. These lower fuel consumption by reducing drag, accomplished via a unique design which channels airflow in different, complimentary directions. Works in synergy with the EPA SMARTWAY program and are available in 24in, 30in, and 36in heights. Made in the USA from recycled materials.


Heavy Duty Truck Parts

Keep your fleet running smoothly with easy access to the same maintenance tested and road-proven heavy-duty aftermarket truck parts that Ryder® uses on its own fleet. With over 80 years of experience maintaining the most reliable fleet in America, Ryder knows more about parts than anyone else.

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Why this newly designed fifth wheel is a must-have for yard truck applications.


Yard Truck Fifth Wheel by Armor

The Armor fifth wheel, from Fontaine Coupling Solutions, is easier to maintain and faster to rebuild than other yard tractor fifth wheels.

Yard trucks, also referred to as a yard dog, or terminal tractor,  is a semi-tractor designed specifically for moving semi trailers within a freight yard or warehouse facility. Due to the nature of the work, it’s not unusual for a yard truck fifth wheel to be coupled and uncoupled up to 300 times a day (compared to once a day for most over-the-road trucks).  As a result, yard truck fifth wheels demand repairs and rebuilds more frequently than other fifth wheel applications, leading to higher maintenance costs.

To address the rigorous demands that yard trucks place on a fifth wheel, The Fontaine Fifth Wheel Group created a new company to study the yard truck market and to develop a fifth wheel solution specifically for this sector.  Fontaine Coupling Solutions spent several years researching yard truck fifth wheel usage and developed The Armor Fifth Wheel – the first fifth wheel designed to meet a yard truck’s unique needs.

One of the changes made involved repositioning all components away from the edges of the top plate to help shield against kingpin damage; another adaptation was the addition of an anti-high-hitch feature designed to help prevent dropped trailers due to false coupling. This has reduced damage to equipment and freight.

Additionally, all locking components can now be replaced directly from the top without removing the fifth wheel from the truck – cutting rebuild time from 3 hours to as little as 15 minutes.

To learn about additional features that make the Armor fifth wheel more suitable and cost efficient for yard truck applications, you’ll find a helpful overview, including a cost savings calculator and videos, on Fontaine’s website. You can also read their product announcement, “New Fontaine Armor™ Yard Truck Fifth Wheel Provides Greater Capacity with Less Downtime”.  (pdf)

For faster repairs, greater uptime and lower total cost of ownership for your yard truck fifth wheel, shop the selection of Armor fifth wheel products at Ryder Fleet Products. Conveniently order online and we’ll deliver directly to you.The Armor fifth wheel can be easily mounted directly onto a trucks existing bracket. For repairs and rebuilds, we also offer top plates, wear plate kits, pin and bushing kits, trigger assembly kits, stationary jaw kits, lock assembly kits, kingpins, and air cylinders.

As always, you can call our dedicated team of parts experts with any questions at (855) 885-5631. Or feel free to send us an email.

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Scan, diagnose, repair, and WIN a $150 Visa Gift Card!


Visa Gift Card Promo
To kick off our introduction of the Bosch Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostics System (BOS3824), each person who purchases this product between September 9, 2015 and December 31, 2015 from will be automatically entered into the drawing to win a $150 Visa Gift Card. We have five of these cards to give out and we want to draw your name!

What is the Bosch Diagnostics System and Who is it For?

With the Bosch Diagnostics System, you can perform high-level diagnostic and service functions on all makes and models of trucks. If you work with heavy duty or medium duty trucks and are the one people rely on to troubleshoot, repair, and get their vehicles back on the road as quickly as possible, you need a fast and accurate tool that gives you instant access to comprehensive technical info and guides you to the proper solution. Read  Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostics: How the Bosch Diagnostics System Can Help Grow Your Business for more information on this scan and diagnostic tool.


Bosch HD Diagnostics System

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2015 Visa Gift Card Drawing Rules:

  1. Gift Card will be shipped separately and will be shipped to the address on the account from which the BOS 3824 was purchased.
  2. Ryder Fleet Products reserves the right to extend contest dates.
  3. In order to be automatically entered in the drawing, entrants must purchase The Bosch Diagnostics System – BOS3824 from Ryder Fleet Products between September 9, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
  4. For each BOS3824 you purchase, you will receive one (1) entry in the Drawing.
  5. will randomly draw five winners at the end of the contest from a pool of entrants who have purchased the BOS3824 during the contest date period.
  6. Winners will be notified by email or phone within 30 days of the drawing. If any prize notification or any prize is returned as undeliverable, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner from the pool of all eligible entries. Upon notification, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of the prize.
  7. The retail value of the Visa Gift Card is $150.
  8. Ryder System, Inc., Ryder Fleet Products or are not responsible for problems encountered while ordering or for any other technical problems related to the ordering process.
  10. All taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.
  11. Acceptance of any prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use the winner’s name, city, state, company and job function for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation, consideration, notice or consent.
  12. This drawing shall be construed, interpreted and performed exclusively according to the laws, excluding conflict of law rules, of the State of Georgia, United States of America.
  13. Customers residing outside of the 48 contiguous United States are not eligible for this drawing.
  14. Employees of Ryder Fleet Products are not eligible for this drawing.

Preparing for Brake Safety Week – Sept 6-12, 2015

Brake Safety WeekThis annual program is part of the Operation Airbrake program and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  The goal is to encourage and improve brake safety on commercial vehicles throughout North America.

Of the 13,305 vehicles inspected during last year’s check, 2,162 (16.2%) were placed out of service for brake violations.

And, during Roadcheck 2014, brake related violations were the number one cause of vehicles being placed out of service. That’s a lot of vehicles that, before being inspectedand placed out of service, were being driven unsafely on our highways. However, the good news is that even though 16.2% failed in 2014, the other 83.8% passed and were found to have brakes operating and performing as they should. No doubt this is largely due to the efforts of the dedicated drivers, technicians, and fleet managers who consistently make it a priority to keep their brakes inspected and properly maintained.

What you should know:

During the week-long brake safety campaign, be prepared for CMV inspectors to conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses.  Check to ensure your brake-system components have no loose or missing parts, that air or hydraulic fluid is not leaking, and make sure linings, pads, drums or rotors are not worn. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.

Malfunction indicator lamps for Antilock braking systems (ABS) should also be checked to ensure they are in working order. If the ABS is not working correctly, the on-board fault detection system will activate an indicator lamp to alert the driver. If this indicator light is not working, the driver will not be alerted in the event of an ABS problem.

Additional brake safety resources you may find helpful:

  • A good place to start learning about Brake Safety Week 2015  is this general information page on the CVSA website.
  • This  ABS Brakes article on the CVSA site provides a good overview for learning
    how to verify that your ABS is working, identifying chaffed or worn hoses and understanding what a PBBT (Performance Based  Brake Tester ) inspection measures. You can also view an example of a PBBT inspection report.
  •  ABS: look before they lock – understanding your vehicle’s ABS. This is an informational flyer (in pdf format) you can download and print off.
  • Would your brakes pass inspection This article first appeared on the Ryder Fleet Products blog during Brake Safety Week 2014.  The tips and advice for preparing brakes for inspection are still applicable to this year.
  • How to Prevent Brake Noise If you’re experiencing brake noise on your truck, this article will help you identify and correct potential problems.
  • View inspection results from the 2014 Brake Safety Week campaign. (pdf format)

Find the parts you need to be prepared.

Find anything 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. We carry OEM quality, heavy duty and medium duty truck brake parts from names you know and trust including Bendix, Performance Friction and Phillips Industries.

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Keep cool and diagnose on!Cab A/C maintenance is one of the highest cost accessories on vehicles today and keeping it cool (and keeping your cool) relies on successfully managing the many different components that need to get along and work together in harmony. Refrigerant leaks, compressors, and clutch failures are three such components and each deserves special attention when diagnosing a poorly performing A/C.

This article looks at one of these three critical A/C parts – the clutch – and examines possible causes for its failure.

Why Do A/C Clutches Fail?

Most A/C Clutches fail due to extreme heat created when the A/C clutch is slipping. This situation occurs when there is some internal problem found within the A/C System. Burnt clutches would not be considered defective in the manufacturing process but simply a result of overheating due to one of the following system problems:

  •  Low voltage to the field coil – The loss or lack of voltage can cause a reduction in the strength of the magnetic field of the field coil. The weakened field coil can’t hold the front hub firmly against the rotor and clutch slippage would occur.
  • System Overpressure – This problem will cause high shaft rotation torque. This binding will inhibit the rotation of the armature plate and leads to clutch slippage.
  •  Contamination on friction surfaces – The contamination will diminish the coefficient of friction between the two mating surfaces and result in slipping of the armature. Regardless of what causes the extreme heat, the seal will deteriorate and the grease inside the bearing assembly will melt and spin out. Without the proper seal and lubrication, the bearing will freeze up and destroy the clutch assembly.

Clutch Slipping

Clutch slipping is a condition that occurs when the armature plate fails to engage and rotate in synchronization with the clutch rotor. The field coil when energized becomes an electromagnet which then magnetizes the clutch rotor and armature plate. Friction and magnetic attraction cause the armature plate and clutch rotor to lock together (clutch engagement) and rotate the compressor shaft.

Clutch slipping specifically refers to a situation that occurs when the armature plate fails to lock together properly with the rotor. The armature will then tend to drag (slip) against the rotor surface. This dragging (slipping) results in intense friction and heat. Asthe slipping continues, the heat causes deformation of the armature plate. In the case of a rubber armature, clutch slipping may lead to melting of the rubber damper and can result in a subsequent failure of the entire clutch mechanism.

You may also be interested in these additional articles on diagnosing A/C problems:
Examining Clutch Failures
A/C Compressor Failure Prevention
A/C System Contamination
Finding the Correct Replacement A/C Clutch For Your Truck
Cab Air Conditioning Standards for Diagnosis and Repair
Selecting the Correct A/C Compressor

Ryder Fleet Products provides quality air conditioning parts for your semi, light, medium, heavy duty and trailer truck needs. View our online selection of AC compressors, AC condensers and evaporators, blower motors,
clutches, hoses, valves, cabin air filters, driers, freon and
more for your truck’s air conditioning needs.

Win Free Wiper Blades

Feb 2, 2015 National Change Your Windshield Wipers Day

February 2 (Groundhog Day) is “National Change Your Windshield Wipers Day”. And to help remind drivers that wiper blades are an important safety feature that should be changed every 6-12 months, Ryder Fleet Products is running a “Win Your Blades” contest.

Order a pair of Anco Wiper Blades, and you might just win them along with a laptop backpack. Just order between 1/12/2015 and 2/2/2015.

Are Your Wipers Showing Signs of Wear?
You can quickly and easily check the condition of your wiper blades by running your finger along its’ rubber edge to see if it’s become rigid or chipped. Harsh conditions, such as direct sunlight, can cause the rubber to break down over time and will require that the blades be replaced to ensure a clean, smooth swipe. You may also notice a cloudy film on your windshield (which is caused by dirt, oil or grime accumulation), or that the rubber appears to have pulled away from the wiper frame. All signs that it’s time to replace your wiper blades.

Which Wiper Blade Should You Choose?
Ryder Fleet Products offers a wide selection of quality wiper blades from ANCO including The Contour beam blade, The Profile beam blade, The Transform hybrid blade, AeroVantage conventional blade, The 31-series, and Winter specialty blades. And, ANCO understands the importance of Original Equipment fit, so you can rest assured your new wipers will fit and function as seamlessly as your previous ones – no matter which type of wiper blade you choose.

Below, we have put together a quick guide to get you familiar with the different ANCO blade options featured on our website.

1) Anco Contour Blades –  a beam blade providing premium all season performance.
Beam blades have an infinite amount of pressure points which provide better blade-to-windshield contact and are more aerodynamic – helping prevent lift and noise. Beam blades also have less moving parts and no superstructure so ice and snow don’t stick to them.

The Contour blade has an exclusive, advanced rubber compound that gives you a streak-free wipe time after time.

2) Anco Profile Bladesa beam blade with advanced technology for every vehicle.
Like the Contour, the Profile is also a Beam blade with an infinite amount of pressure points for better blade-to-windshield contact.  Beam blades are more aerodynamic than conventional blades which helps prevent lift and noise. They also have less moving parts and no superstructure which means ice and snow don’t stick to them.

The Profile blade has a unique connection system that offers an ultra-low-profile design that mirrors the look of original equipment beam blades.

3) Anco Transform Hybrid BladesThe new look of performance.
This blade integrates the aerodynamic features of a beam style wiper with the evenly distributed pressure points of a conventional structure. The Transform is a replacement blade for vehicles that came equipped with hybrid technology or an upgrade for vehicles that utilize a J hook design.

4) Anco AeroVantage Conventional BladesClear wipe at any speed.
Replaces OE with a quality that matches the style, fit and performance of the blade that originally came with the vehicle. Has an aerodynamic vented bridge that maintains wipe at highway speeds.

5) Anco 31-Series Coventional BladesReliable Wiper Performance
Affordable wiper blades that replace OE with a quality that matches the style, fit and performance of the blade that originally came with the vehicle.

6) Winter BladesSpecialty blades to handle snow and ice
Uses exclusive designs and materials to ensure clear windshields and safe visibility in any driving condition. The specialty blade is more durable for winter conditions and contains an exclusive extra thick rubber compound that provides a consistent, streak-free wipe while remaining flexible in even the coldest temperatures. A rugged rubber cover over the heavy duty frame prevents slush from freezing joints.

Find the correct wipers for your vehicle
If you need to determine which wipers will fit your vehicle, go to the Anco application guide and enter your vehicle’s year, make & model. Then type in the part # that comes up into the search bar on Ryder Fleet Products. Or contact our customer service at 855.885.5631 or

And remember, as part of our “Win Your Blades contest, if you order your Anco Wiper Blades between 1/12/2015 & 2/2/2015, you could get them for free – along with a laptop backpack*!


Read on for helpful comments from customers who have purchased Anco wiper blades at Ryder Fleet Products:

“Anco makes good products – And this one is no exception!!!”
(Anco 31 series)

“Perfect item, My fleet will get these from Ryder every time. Never had a problem, Always shipped fast.”
(Anco 31 series)

“This is a great wiper never any problems. Always a great price. This is the product we will be using on our fleet of 255 busses for a long time.”
(Anco 31 series)

“We use these on our trucking fleet and pickup fleet. Perfect fit every time! The clip holds the wiper in great and they hold up to the brutal sun here in southern Nevada.”
(Anco 31 series)

“Never a complaint about Anco wipers.”
(Anco 31 series)

“For price of this product it is worth every penny, because I’ve used it on my vehicle along with a different brand and I really see and hear the difference. It is much quieter and last longer.
(Anco 31 series)

“Great product, the best company to buy from! Fast shipping too, packed well!! AAAAAAAAA++++++++++++”
(Anco Wiper blade 50-22)

“The life of the 91 series wiper blades helps in controlling the over all cost of operation. With school busses and vans the need to have good product that holds up to time in bad weather snow and ice is a very important safety requirement.”
(Anco Aerovantage)

“We purchase all of our wiper blades from Ryder Fleet Products and have been very happy with the product.”
(Anco Winter Blades)


About Ryder Fleet Products:
Ryder Fleet Products provides a wide range of truck parts, shop supplies & safety items for the medium and heavy duty truck industry at prices much lower than retail. 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

Official Win Your Blades Contest Rules
-Wiper blades must be purchased from January 12, 2015 – February 2, 2015 from
– The winner will be credited for the amount of one pair of wiper blades. If only one blade is purchased, the winner will be credited for the price of that blade.
– You may purchase as many windshield wiper blades as you wish; however, credit will only be applied for one pair.

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


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 wiper blade usually consists of a rugged rubber cover over a heavy duty frame to prevent slush from freezing joints.


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.

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

ice cleats

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 Cables, Jump Starters and Battery BoostersTow StrapsAir Brake Antifreeze and Antifreeze tester, Diesel Fuel Injector Cleaner, Fuel Conditioner Injector, Water Remover for Diesel Fuel, Hoses and ClampsAir Tank Drain ValveRadiator and Cap Pressure Tester

SHOP WINTERIZING PRODUCTS NOW>Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or

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

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.



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

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.