Archive for April, 2013

Truck Repair Solutions: Addressing Common Truck Mechanical Problems

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Did you purchase a truck under market value? Is it not working as well as you thought it would? If yes to one or both, it is time to pay a visit to Middleton & Meads for truck repair solutions.

As a truck driver, you get what you pay for. If you purchase a truck cheap, you can expect that expensive mechanical problems and more will arise.

What are the most common problems that come with a cheap truck /used truck?

  1. Your cheap truck/ used truck experiences frequent oil leakage and burning. This occurs because the engine is old and needs motor oil continuously put in it because the motor oil drips on the road as you truck drive. The more oil you burn, the more expensive your truck maintenance cost/ truck repair solutions will become.
  2. Rust build up on the truck body. If there is rust on the truck body, there is rust on the truck gram. If rust eats away at your truck for a long period of time, you could put your life and the lives of others in danger. A rusted truck is never a safe truck to operate.
  3. Faulty Fuel Line/ Sealing. This truck problem can make long truck driving travels very dangerous because you could experience frequent break downs at anytime.
  4. Truck Transmission problems. This is a repair you want to immediately address when it occurs because it will simply get more and more expensive overtime. You may get to a point where it won’t even be worth repairing because the truck is totaled from truck expenses.

For common truck problems, such as truck brake repairs, come to Middleton & Meads.

Repairs such as truck brake repairs can really slow down your truck driving and work productivity. Middleton & Meads can handle repairs for air brakes, worn pads, leaking cylinders and more.

Never should you have to worry whether your truck can handle mountainside hauling because your truck lacks proper truck repair solutions.

Learn in depth about our truck repair solutions now.

Middleton & Meads is here to provide truck repair solutions for all your transportation needs – preventative maintenance, breakdowns, truck major issue diagnosis, mechanical repairs, collision repairs and more.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: http://www.carsdirect.com/used-car-buying/5-most-common-problems-associated-with-cheap-used-trucks

http://www.carsdirect.com/car-repair/common-truck-brake-repairs

The Best Fleet Management Solutions

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Are you new to the fleet industry? If you are new, it is time to get familiar with the best fleet management practices.
What happens in modern fleet operations?
Predominately modern fleet operations are focused on external suppliers.
Vehicles are sourced and supplier relationships are made top priorities.
When your fleet management is outsourced, it is important that engagement with suppliers remains.
This engagement with suppliers is crucial because day to day fleet management cannot be successful  without supplier engagement.
Fleet management includes carrying out supplier audits and reviewing and processing KPI’s.
Top fleet management should support fleet policy and understand the company’s overall company strategy.
Here are some best fleet management practices:
  1. GPS tracking to monitor multiple assets.
  2. Hire safe drivers. These are drivers that drive the speed limit, safely change lanes, signal and follow other traffic laws.
  3. Have a good fleet manager that is comfortable working in fast paced, high stress environments. The fleet manager should collect and store all vehicle data and driver data.
Maintain a competitive edge in the fleet business and develop your fleet management with Middleton & Meads Baltimore fleet management solutions.
We will provide you with technology solutions that locate the route of your fleet, the original route of the fleet as well as time halts/place halts and speed of fleet, fuel usage.

Learn about the Middleton & Meads’ fleet management.

Let us manage and monitor your fleet as you run your business.
Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan to minimize costly breakdowns. From cost reports to scheduling notifications, the Middleton & Meads Fleet Management System can help track your vehicle’s maintenance history as well as the costs to maintain your fleet.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: http://www.fleeteurope.com/10_fleet_management_tips_from_the_winners_of_the_fleet_europe_awards-en-146-183117.html

http://www.rmtracking.com/blog/2010/01/27/the-best-fleet-management-tips/

 

Professional Auto Mechanic: How To Repair Drum Brakes

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

You need to repair your drum brake. What goes into repairing drum brakes?

Before we can answer that question, we have to tell you how drum brakes work.

Drum brakes function from shoes pressing on a spinning surface/ drum.

In most cars the drum brakes are installed on rear wheels. The drum  brakes are very essential to the emergency brake mechanism.

The drum brakes include two brake shoes and a piston. The drum brakes have two kinds of mechanisms – the adjuster mechanism and the emergency brake mechanism.

Drum brakes can only function properly when they are close to the drum but not touching the drum.

When the shoes of the drum brakes wear down, the piston needs more fluid to reduce the distance between the drum and the shoes.

During emergency brake situations, the drum brake design must work as a simple cable actuation mechanism.

If the seals of drum brakes wear down, the emergency break will fail.

To avoid this danger, break seals should be immediately replaced.

Middleton & Meads as a professional auto mechanic can repair your drum breaks.

This is accomplished by lifting the vehicle to examine the drum brake damage at the brake seals.

Next the brake wheel must be removed with a lug wrench and the brake drum must be detached.

Afterwards wheel cylinders are removed and new ones added.

Reattach the break drums and break wheel to complete the repair.

The repair of break drums should always be completed when the vehicle is cool.

For best repairs,hire Middleton  & Meads for drum brake repairs.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/drum-brake.htm
http://www.wikihow.com/Replace-Brake-Seals-on-Drum-Brakes

About Port Of Baltimore Safety For Truck Drivers

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Are you a truck driver that frequently goes in and out of the Port of Baltimore?

The Port of Baltimore is a high traffic atmosphere. Over 400,000 containers a year are unloaded with products that are shipped throughout the United States. More than 11 million people come in American ports.

Port of Baltimore processes are complicated even for containers full of truck tires from overseas.

It is important to acknowledge that Port of Baltimore Contractors are not in charge of Port of Baltimore Security.

The Maryland Port Administration provides its own Port of Baltimore Security. Port of Baltimore contractors must follow rules and regulations the Maryland Port Administration enforces – unloading ships, transferring cargo, screening truck drivers and more.

The Port of Baltimore is a waterway to the U.S. economy. Proper Port of Baltimore Security is crucial because a steady stream of trucks hauling containers of valuable goods are at risk of terrorists attacks.

Over two billion tons of domestic and import/export cargo come through 360 commercial sea and river ports every year.

The Port of Baltimore is both a public and private terminal that handles over 22.3 million tons of cargo valued around $30.2 billion.

The Port of Baltimore is number one in the U.S. for imported roll on/ roll off farm and construction equipment.

As a truck driver coming in and out the Port of Baltimore, make sure all is right with your license plate numbers and cargo container numbers.

The Port of Baltimore security program is in place to maintain its excellent loss prevention record and to protect workers such as Truck Drivers at all times. Make sure your TWIC card and any other documentation are up to date. TWIC cards are required to enter the Port of Baltimore.

You will also need to complete Port of Baltimore security awareness training to receive your photo ID badge.

Here are topics Port of Baltimore security awareness training will cover:

  • Preventing Collisions and Automation of Container Handling.
  • Sensor Technology for Boom Collision Prevention.
  • Sensor Technology for Path Way Collision Prevention.
  • Sensor Technology for Anti Truck Lifting
  • And more Truck Solutions.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/terrorism/jan-june06/baltimoreharbor_3-10.html

http://www.securitas.com/Global/United%20States/Port%20of%20Baltimore.pdf

http://www.sick.com/group/EN/home/solutions/industries/port/Pages/port_safety.aspx