Lucas Deal, editor of Truck Parts & Service will be in attendance to cover this ACOFAS Education Clinic. Lucas' articles can be read in most Randall Reilly publications, such as CCl and Overdrive.
The training clinic will take place at: Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems, 800 South Frontage Road, Woodridge, IL. The Hotel for the group is ALOFT Bolingbrook, 500 James Avenue, Bolingbrook, IL. Reservations may be made by calling 630-410-6367 and asking for the Hendrickson Group rate. The rate is $109/night, plus taxes. The hotel will supply a shuttle bus and from the training site.
Hendrickson is about a 35 minute (22 miles) ride from Chicago Midway Airport.
"The ACOFAS Dallas Vibration Clinic was very informative and gave us new ways to diagnose vehicle vibrations," said Larry Engle, senior project engineer of the Manitowoc Crane Group, about a previous meeting.
ACOFAS members attended from Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, and New Hampshire, and places in
between. The educational meeting was instructed by ACOFAS members:
Jim Roark: Vibrations and shakes created by loose or worn steering components, mismatched steering components, components improperly assembled. Also covered was the importance of the caster, camber, king pin inclination, and turning radius.
Tony Poretta: Power steering gear and pump caused steering shakes due to misalignment of internal components, air in the system or damaged parts.
Gordon Botts: Worn or improperly assembled suspension components. Improper cross-member placement, weak frame rails, wrong suspension components installed. Also covered, was worn or improper driveshaft components.
A group discussion was held by Barry Ernst, Terry Mayfield, Tom McDonald and Larry Engle regarding the use of the Meritor and Spicer computer programs and the manual triangulation system used for so many years, to determine the proper driveline angles.
Mark Girdner, field engineer from Michelin North America, Inc covered in-classroom instruction that concerned recommended safety practices for working with tires. Mark's in-shop instruction covered all safety procedures and proper equipment. He also instructed on tire mounting and installation, diagnostics on tire wear and how to examine the wheel, hub and wheel end clearances.