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  • The Hall of the Bizarre

    By David Kolman - Tuesday August 10, 2010
    Managing any type of vehicle maintenance operation is a demanding and challenging task. There are all kinds of daily pressures and problems that need to be dealt with, and the unexpected always seem to occur at the most inopportune times.   There are...
  • DIANA is looking into vehicle electronic controls

    By David Kolman - Thursday July 22, 2010
    To be sure, the electronics systems in today’s vehicles are highly complex, containing numerous electronic control units. Experience has shown that the actual causes behind as many as 40 percent of the errors reported by vehicle electronics cannot be...
  • Seeing the Light Differences

    By David Kolman - Wednesday July 7, 2010
    I received a call the other day letting me know that Grote Industries’ Trilliant Technology Tour would be in my area and asking if I’d to attend. I figured what the heck. I’m always game for an opportunity to get out of the office.   The tour...
  • It is Worse in Some Places

    By David Kolman - Tuesday June 15, 2010
    Among other things, traffic congestion causes additional wear and tear on vehicles and that, in turn, increases maintenance and repairs costs. The greater the congestion, the more need for maintenance and repair.   Naturally, some areas of the nation...
  • Never Thought About What Is Inside

    By David Kolman - Wednesday May 19, 2010
    While I have been using them for many, many years, I’ve never given much thought to the common commercial stick tire pressure gauges. That was until I read an article in a recent issue of “Commercial Fleet Tire Digest,” a monthly publication...
  • Scrutinizing Snake Oil

    By David Kolman - Monday May 3, 2010
    There is an overabundance of products on the market that make various claims about improving fuel economy by simply adding this or that to the tank or the fuel system or somewhere else on the vehicle. The question is: Do these products work?   That...
  • Finding money in those trades

    By David Kolman - Tuesday April 13, 2010
    I had an opportunity to visit with veteran truck industry sales professional Lee T. Wittmann and talk about used trucks. Wittmann is owner of T Q M Company, a Beech Mountain, NC-based company that promotes transportation and construction equipment for...
  • Walking the long, long floor

    By David Kolman - Wednesday March 31, 2010
    It’s been a good many years since I’ve attended the NTEA’s Work Truck Show, and I don’t recall it being as large and busy as it was this year. The show had numerous worthwhile sessions and workshops, and row after row after row of exhibits and...
  • Asset management take-aways

    By David Kolman - Monday March 15, 2010
    In researching the article, “Vehicle Acquisition and Disposal” - the cover story for the March issue of Fleet Maintenance Magazine, I had some communications with two recent graduates of the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) program from the...
  • Snow top problems

    By David Kolman - Friday February 19, 2010
    Here in Maryland, we recently had back-to-back blizzards. In the area where I live, we had 50+ inches of snow, not counting drifts.   That means lots of snow and ice on truck and trailer roofs.   Usually, if there’s not a lot of snow, the tendency of...