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Readers have questions about technician championships and component selection.

Growing Interest in Technician Competition To the Editor, Each year the Texas Motor Transportation Association holds our Technician of the Year Contest. We would be very interested in sending our winner to your competition. Do you have any additional information concerning the competition...

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Predicting Component Life

To the Editor,

I'm in PA. I could not find a council for our state.

My question is, where can I find the life of components on our trucks and trailers? The OEM does not have anything. I want to change my maintenance to do more preventive maintenance and change components before they fail.

Thank you,

Joe Barber

Barber Trucking, Inc.

Brookville, PA


There are no easy answers to that question. We know of some reputable consultants who provide fleets with vehicle life-cycle and replacement formulas, and the National Association of Fleet Administrators ( offers its "Lifecycle Cost Analysis for Fleets," but if you really need to drill down to individual component life, you may want to look into a web-based product, such as TMC's new

By the way, we haven't tracked down any information on a Pennsylvania State Maintenance Council, either. If anyone has information on an active group in PA, please let us know and we'll post it at


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