Archive for October, 2011

Preventative Maintenance Standard for Tractor Trailers: Is Your Truck Ready for Winter?

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Last week we addressed preventative maintenance and your bus. This week will address tractor-trailers, also known as big rigs, semis, and 18-wheelers. Whatever you call your truck, is it ready for the icy winter conditions on the way?

It is only October, and already we are slated for the first snowfall of the year. It is shaping up to be a harsh winter. Can your truck handle it?

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook – Preventive Maintenance Standards for Trucks and Truck Tractors – outlines the minimum preventative maintenance requirements for vehicle registered as Class E (truck) with a registered gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight greater than 10,000 pounds, or Class F (tractor).

Maintenance requirements include:

Alignment: Inspect axles, beams, spindles, and mountings for broken, damaged, worn, rusted, bent, or modified conditions.

Suspension: Unequal vehicle height, broken or damaged spring leaves, spring shackles, bushings, center bolts, U-bolts, control arms, torque arms, torsion bars or equalizers can affect vehicle steering, alignment, tracking, handling, and stability.

Steering: Inspection of vehicles equipped with power steering shall be conducted with the engine running, power steering fluid at the proper level, and belts in proper condition and tension.

And much, much more!

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook outlines the minimum maintenance requirements for your truck. More frequent maintenance, service, and repairs is recommended.

So rely on Middleton and Meads Company to make certain your truck or fleet is prepared for the cold days and nights. We have all the winter products that you’ll need to be safe AND profitable this winter.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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Preventative Maintenance: Making sure Your Bus is Ready for Winter

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 03 of the Maryland PM Handbook – Preventive Maintenance Standards for Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles and Passenger Buses – outlines the maintenance requirements for Class M (multipurpose) passenger vehicles with a seating capacity of 16 or more, or vehicles previously registered as Class H (school bus) or Class P (passenger bus).

While you are only required to have your bus inspected and serviced every 12 months or 25,000 miles (whichever occurs first), more frequent maintenance, service, and repair is recommended. This is especially true with winter right around the corner. So if you have vehicle that falls into one of the three categories above, be sure that your bus is up to code before the harsh winter weather sets in.

Play it safe this year and make sure your busses are ready for old man winter. Rely on Middleton and Meads Company to make certain your bus or fleet is prepared for the cold days and nights. We have all the winter products that you’ll need to be safe AND profitable too. Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.”

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Bus Inspections: Is Your Motor Coach, School Bus, Transit Bus, or Shuttle Bus up to Code?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Every day, about 500,000 school buses transport more than 25 million students to and from school. But how many of these busses are up to code?

Article 11.19.04.01 of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration states that, “At any time during regular Administration or school business hours, the Administration may: (1) Audit school vehicle inspection operations and records; and (2) Conduct school vehicle inspections.”

What would they find?

To ensure that your bus meets state regulations, bring it to Middleton & Meads. We are a Maryland state certified inspection station for all your motor vehicles needs expect motorcycles. For our school buses we follow the type A and B inspection forms, which are outlined in Motor Vehicle Administration form (07-07).

Type A Inspection: is bumper-to-bumper inspection that includes pulling wheels and checking brakes. This inspection is done once every year. A licensed state inspection station or a school vehicle inspection station that is certified by the Motor Vehicle Administration must do this inspection. These stations are subject to follow annual inspection requirements, which here at Middleton & Meads Co. we are happy to comply with.

Type B Inspection: is a Type A inspection but with out pulling wheels and checking the brakes. Type B inspection on school buses must be performed 2 times a year. The inspections must be scheduled 60 days apart and must be performed by a licensed state inspection station or a school vehicle inspection station that is certified by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Hopefully this helps you better understand the school bus inspection requirements. But what about those drivers who own a motor coach, transit bus, or shuttle bus? Don’t worry; we at Middleton and Meads can help you too!

Here at Middleton & Meads co. we are happy to help you determine what you need to get your school bus, motor coach, transit bus, or shuttle bus inspected. So if you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

Middleton & Meads is licensed to perform state inspections on any vehicle (except motorcycles) we service at our Baltimore & Beltsville locations. Middleton & Meads employs multiple state inspectors to help provide correct and efficient inspections.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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Sources:

School Bus Safety MidAtlantic.AAA.com

Office of the Secretary of the State DSD.State.MD.US

Middleton & Meads Technology Partner: Spicer Trailer Products

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Spicer has been providing innovative drivetrain solutions since it was founded in 1904. Over a century later, Spicer is still synonymous with quality, technology and innovation.

Spicer’s service parts, available for your aftermarket replacement needs, are the same parts that are installed as original equipment by countless O.E. manufacturers around the world. With genuine Spicer parts you can trust that you are getting the same standards of quality and performance expected from the original equipment manufacturers.

The Spicer Heavy Axle and Brake Division, part of Dana Corporation’s Heavy Truck Group, supplies steer axles, drive axles, trailer and auxiliary axles, brakes, power take-off and auxiliary power products, heavy chassis assembly and distribution systems.

Dana Corporation is one of the world’s largest independent suppliers to vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets. Dana currently operates 300+ major facilities in 35 countries and employs more than 75,000 people.

Since 1904, Dana Spicer has produced some of the highest quality truck parts around. Doesn’t your truck deserve the best?

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

Whatever your truck repair needs, you can count on Middleton and Meads for parts and service that gets you back on the road. Middleton and Meads is a distributor for quality truck and trailer repair parts, including brakes from Spicer.

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

New brakes from Spicer Trailer Products extend life, reduce maintenance FindArticles.com