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The Importance of Brake Maintenance for Truck Fleets

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Truck Fleet Maintenance

While truck maintenance is easy to put off, there is never a better time than today when it comes to truck and brake maintenance. A truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds that needs to stop quickly.

Whether your truck fleet is large or small, brake maintenance is crucial for driver safety, product safety, and the safety of everyone around you on the road. While truck maintenance is easy to put off, there is never a better time than today when it comes to truck and brake maintenance. A truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds that needs to stop quickly to prevent an accident definitely can’t do so without proper brake maintenance. Here are some of the reasons why brake maintenance is so important for your truck fleet.

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The importance of immediate Bus Chassis Repairs

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Is your bus chassis rusted and severely damaged?

It’s time to schedule an appointment with Middleton & Meads for bus chassis repair and rebuilding.

A damaged frame can take a toll on your bus functionality. The main-frame rails of the bus are where most rust damage occurs.

It is important to have chassis repairs completed immediately to avoid removing the entire body of the bus for proper chassis repairs.

Completely restoring a chassis is an expensive process. To avoid outrageous costs, you should schedule an appointment for chassis repairs as soon as possible.

Why?

It is important to have immediate repairs because the frame supports the essential parts stored underneath the bus.

Chemicals are used to fully repair your bus chassis. Middleton & Meads will maintenance your bus fleet chassis all year round to prevent moisture and cold weather damage that could put you out of operation.

You can rest assure that your chassis will be properly repaired because our mechanics specialize in bus repair solutions.

Powder and paint coatings will enhance the lifetime of your bus chassis.

Learn how our bus solutions can rustproof your bus chassis today.

Middleton & Meads is dedicated to providing you comfortable riding and security for your entire bus 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.corvettesports.com/chassis.html

http://www.vintagesheetmetal.net/pages/services/chassis-repair.php

 

Vehicle Laser Alignment: How To Keep Your Fleet Safe On The Road

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships is Saturday June 8,2013. If you entered the Maryland Super Tech And Truck Driving competition or know someone that will be participating, you should have vehicle laser alignment completed prior to the Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships event.

What is vehicle laser alignment?

It is a highly innovative way to perform alignment on truck parts such as wheel alignment.

It is important to have vehicle laser alignment completed for your truck because proper vehicle laser alignment helps enhance truck performance.

There are two options you can choose from for laser wheel alignment:

  1. Wheel Mounted Laser Alignment. This type of laser wheel alignment is not as accurate as the chassis mounted lasers. For the utmost accuracy for wheel mounted laser alignment, the axle tube needs to be examined for straightness. This task should be completed prior to checking the rear end placement or wheel alignment. The further the laser is from the wheel, the better laser alignment accuracy.
  2. Chassis Mounted Laser Alignment. This form of laser alignment has the wheel fixtures off and the laser on to make the chassis the master of the wheel. The chassis allows us to measure the straightness of the axle tube; the rear end placement and front tire rear alignment. In other words, the chassis mounted laser alignment method will reduce downtime on truck repairs because the chassis allows suspension adjustments to be completed with ease.

Have your vehicle laser alignment completed by Middleton & Meads to keep your truck in top shape from the Port of Baltimore to the Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships.

Poor wheel alignment makes truck engines work harder and fuel expenses go up as tires wear down fast.

Have your fleets sent to Middleton & Meads for regular vehicle laser alignment services and other annual truck maintenance services.

Middleton & Meads is here to reduce your carbon emissions, improve truck driver comfort by preventing the need for frequent steering fighting and make your fleets safer for towing heavy trailer loads.

Learn about our mechanical repairs as well as more information on The June Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships today.

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.drpperformance.com/laser-wheel-alignment-chassis-mounted-vs-wheel-mounted/

http://www.steertrak.co.uk/benefits.html

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

Bus Collision Repairs: The Importance Of Hiring An Experienced Mechanic

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

As the warmer weather comes, people will be out and about on school field trips, vacations and work summits. Most likely this will involve reliable bus transportation.

During this time of the year, bus collisions are very common.

If you do experience a bus collision, you should not leave bus collision repairs in the hands of any untrained body shop.

Damaged Transit buses, School Buses, Shuttle Buses and Tour buses come with very hefty transit vehicle expenses because buses come with unique vehicle features.

Some unique vehicle features buses include are sophisticated air brake systems, air operated door systems, multiplexed control systems, complex wheel chair platforms/ lift systems and state of the art HVAC systems.

What happens when a bus experiences a bus collision?

After a bus collision occurs (bus accident or bus fire), one or multiple systems in the bus will need repairing, as well as the structural bodywork of the bus.

Proper bus collision repairs, you will need to hire an experienced bus technician to diagnose and repair all the bus systems.

Middleton & Meads can handle your minor bus repairs and your major bus repairs at a competitive price.

Learn about our Bus solutions today.

Here are some of the bus transportation needs we can meet for your bus repairs:

  • Bus Preventative Maintenance
  • Improve Fuel efficiency
  • Reduce downtime for bus repairs
  • Diagnose major bus mechanical issues
  • Lower your insurance costs
  • 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.completecoach.com/services/collision-fire-repair/

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20130318/NEWS/130319798

The Importance of Baltimore Bus Collision Repair Services

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Has your bus been in a collision? If yes, it is important to have bus collision repairs completed as soon as possible. This article will discuss the importance of immediate bus collision repair services and where you can go for the best services.

When you need bus collision repairs, it is important that you hire bus repair specialist for collision repair services. Why?

A bus repair specialist will assure that all the right parts are quickly installed for quality bus repairs at an affordable price and in a timely fashion.

Middleton & Meads bus collision repair services include:

  • Preventative maintenance
  • Improving fuel efficiency
  • Reduce downtime for your bus
  • Lower insurance costs
  • Reduce tire replacement costs
  • And more bus repairs and fleet solutions.

Middleton & Meads Collision Service Center offers full range collision, frame, restoration and painting services for buses:

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

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 transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

The Dangers Of Multi Federal And State Transit Taxes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

As you may have witness during the State of The Union Address last night, big changes are coming to Federal and State Laws. The trucking industry is no exception.

Maryland’s General Assembly has been in session for one month and big changes are already underway as the state frantically searches for new sources of revenue to fund transportation projects such as highway construction and transit funding programs.

Just this month the Senate President, Mike Miller has introduced a bill that will tremendously impact the trucking industry. Here is what the bill pertains:

  1. The creation of 2 regional transit districts will happen for Baltimore and Washington DC. One in each metropolitan area and elected officials will serve on governing boards to issue bonds, set transit fares, and add a property tax on owners located in the metropolitan areas to pay for the State’s transit systems.
  2. Counties will have authorization to raise motor vehicle fuel taxes up to 5 cents a gallon on the wholesale level prior to the year 2017. The year 2017 the State will take the initiatives to impose the tax increase.
  3. A 3% sales tax on motor fuels will be implemented. Currently, motor fuels are exempt from sales tax.

This week, MMTA’s Legislative Committee has voted against this bill because the committee believes too many levels of government have the taxing authority privilege.

A taxing authority system as the one suggested in the bill is ripe for corruption such as excessive taxation, evasion and using tax revenue for non-transportation purposes.

This bill is just one of roughly 2,300 bills proposed.

If this bill gets passed it will impact the trucking industry in the following ways:

  • Overweight and Over extended vehicle penalties will increase.
  • Price caps on goods/ services/ transportation will be enforced for state emergencies.
  • Prevention of Hydraulic Fracking on natural gas vehicles.
  • No decal requirement on vehicles carrying controlled hazardous substances.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today to prepare for Fleet Management, Maryland State, DOT, Chassis Inspections and more for your truck!

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 transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

5 Essential Winter Truck Driving Safety Tips

Friday, January 25th, 2013


Driving a truck on a dry road is no easy task and it is definitely a challenge to truck drive on snow and ice. This article will provide winter truck driving safety tips to help you prevent a truck crash.

Sometimes snow plows and sanding crews won’t be able to clear all the roads you’ll travel in the truck.

Snow and ice highways are common winter challenges you’ll face in an 18 wheeler.

Here are some driving safety tips to help you with your winter trucking:

  • Have deep tread tires for winter truck driving. They are known as winter tires and designated with a snowflake on a mountain.
  • Always replace your windshield wiper blades during the winter. You should also make sure your windshield washer system has anti-icing fluid.
  • Have your brakes inspected and practice stomp-stay-steer during break emergencies.
  • Be gentle with winter truck driving. Don’t press down on the accelerator pedal hard to make sure the truck doesn’t spin out. Be gentle with the brake pedal to prevent the truck from going into a skid.
  • Last but not least make sure all snow and ice are removed from the windows, lights and wipers of your truck before travelling.

Middleton & Meads is here to provide you preventative truck maintenance, mechanical repairs, collision repairs and more for proper truck maintenance.

For more information, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

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 transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/driving-on-snow-and-ice-10-safety-tips.html

http://www.carandtrucktips.com/article39/winter-driving-safety-prepare-for-snow-and-ice

Planning for the Future: Eliminating Costly Breakdowns and Repairs

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Telling the future is impossible. Planning for the future is easy. But with so many variables to keep track of, sometimes it is difficult for business owners to run their business and monitor their entire fleet of trucks. Because of this, Middleton & Meads offers several maintenance services to help keep your fleet running as efficiently as possible!

Middleton & Meads: Keeping you on the Road!

  • Diagnostic Equipment: Technical evaluation of Engine, ABS, and Transmission repairs is always a difficult task. To aid in our diagnoses and evaluation, Middleton & Meads has purchased and utilizes both Genisys and Pro-Link computer systems. These systems allow us to read the electronic data and determine the correct repair.
  • Mechanical Repair: Brakes, clutches, air dryers, starters, alternators and air conditioning work are just a few of the mechanical repairs performed at our shop.
  • Fleet Management: Monitoring a fleet of trucks can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan – from cost reports to scheduling notifications – to minimize costly breakdowns.

If you have any questions about Mechanical Repair or Fleet Management, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

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 transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Maryland Truck Company Forced to Shut Down by FMCSA

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A Maryland trucking company, Gunthers Transport, LLC, was forced to close last year after it was issued an “imminent hazard out-of-service order” by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This was after a FMCSA safety review of the company’s operations found several hours-of-service and vehicle maintenance violations. It was determined that these violations substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury or death to the motoring public.

  1. Gunthers Transport allowed its drivers to falsify their hours-of-service records and exceed the 11-hour limit for daily driving.
  2. Gunthers Transport did not require its drivers to perform pre-trip vehicle safety inspections.

“Safety is our number-one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Commercial truck companies that recklessly disregard federal safety regulations will be shut down and removed from our roadways.”

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2011/GUNTHERS-TRANSPORTS-LLC.pdf.

“FMCSA has zero tolerance for unsafe trucking companies that place the traveling public at risk. If they do not play by the safety rules of the road, we will take away their ability to operate,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Don’t let the same thing happen to your company!

Trust your fleet’s maintenance to Middleton & Meads.

Monitoring a fleet can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why 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. A well-managed fleet with well-maintained vehicles is sure to help boost the fuel economy of your trucks!

Middleton & Meads: We keep your Vehicle on the Road and you in Business!

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

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.

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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Maryland trucking company declared “imminent hazard to the public”