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Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians over the next ten years will be three times higher than was previously expected.

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Toyota Tops CR's Reliability Report, Again

Toyota remains at the top of Consumer Reports' annual reliability study, while Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Subaru showed the biggest improvement from the 2016 survey.

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Can Fleets Subscribe to a Vehicle?

For fleets, technology is enabling a more efficient way to use vehicles, increase utilization, and more precisely match the type of vehicle to usage.

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

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Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

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Bar's Products Acquires Hy-Per Lube Corp.

Bar's Products has purchased Hy-Per Lube Corp.'s lubricants business, and will continue to offer Hy-Per Lube brand additives alongside Bar's Leaks and Rislone.

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VW Expands 6-Year/72K Warranty Across Lineup

Volkswagen is rolling out six-year or 72,000-mile warranties across most of its vehicle lineup after first introducing the warranties in April on its new 2018 SUVs, including the Atlas and Tiguan.

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Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away

Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

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Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

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A Closer Look at Diesel Cabover Warranties

Isuzu, Chevrolet, Hino, and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America offer similar standard warranties for their diesel cabovers, and provide additional component warranties to increase a fleet manager's piece of mind.

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Element Offers Maintenance, Windshield Repair Scheduling on Mobile Devices

Element Fleet Management has begun offering maintenance scheduling through its Xcelerate for Drivers website and mobile app with Firestone Complete Auto Care (FCAC), Tires Plus, and windshield repair scheduling with Safelite AutoGlass locations.

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How the Right Diesel Fuel Additives Can Save Your Fleet Money
Diesel fuel additives are among the most powerful and cost-effective tools a fleet manager can use to keep their fleet up and running. Not every additive does the same thing—specialized formulas can help clean fuel systems, prevent gelling, or keep the fuel flowing in the coldest temperatures. Some OEMs recommend that additives be used to keep trucks operating at peak efficiency.
Is Your Oil Filter Short Changing Your Engine's Protection?
Fleets have a choice when it comes to oil filter technology. Conventional filters are less expensive, but have several fundamental flaws, while reusable filters use better methods and materials to ensure that oil lubricates the engine effectively and efficiently and, potentially, reduce long-term cost.
How Auto Parts Can Be A Fleet's Next Cost Savings Center
Fleets are under ever-increasing pressure to cut costs. A fleet parts provider can help turn maintenance from an expense to a cost savings center by saving fleets up to 35% and sometimes more on OEM parts.
The Impact of Mobile on Fleet
Five ways you should be using mobile technology to improve your fleet.
The Process of Turning Maintenance Data Into Actionable Information
Maintenance providers can help fleets gather crucial maintenance data and integrate it into the entire data stream to create intelligence that will improve operations.

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