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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its vehicle safety defect/non-compliance notices for October 2022. 

For busy service technicians, tools are available for measuring a brake’s free play and stroke, as well as the do-it-yourself method of cutting a short segment of tape measure and attaching a magnet to one end.

Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in hot or humid conditions. The OSHA Heat Illness Prevention campaign educates employers and workers on the dangers of working in the heat.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) new 2022 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria take effect tomorrow, on Friday, April 1. The 2022 version replaces and supersedes all previous versions. If you do not have the 2022 version of the criteria, you will be using outdated information.

To save on costs, many service departments are purchasing flammable liquids such as brake cleaner, lacquer thinner, gasoline, and other flammable liquids in bulk 55-gallon drums.  While this may make economic sense, you may have to spend a bit more upfront to comply with flammable liquid storage regulations.

An El Paso metal stamping manufacturer with a history of workplace safety violations failed again to protect its workers from the dangers of moving machine parts. As a result, a worker suffered the amputation of two fingers inside a 500-ton hydraulic press.

Nearly one in 10 people endure noise levels at work loud enough to cause hearing loss while seven in 10 experience moderately loud noise levels, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet, the bureau's Occupational Requirements Survey, published in 2019, found that more than half of the nation's manufacturing workers reported not using personal protective equipment to protect their hearing.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), has quite literally been all the rage for the last several years. So many articles, social media groups, forums, training classes, and podcast episodes have become dedicated to the subject. But why? For starters, in a profession where technology is always evolving, this was a big change from normal service. ADAS is not really all that new, arguably debuting back in 1999 with Mercedes-Benz “Distronic,” which used radar for adaptive cruise control (ACC). But now we are seeing it on virtually every high-line vehicle, and it's absolutely trickling down to the more economical models.

What is brake balance? A vehicle’s brakes are said to be in balance if all brakes apply and release at about the same time, with each brake developing the appropriate braking force for its weight load.
On the other hand, brake imbalance, such as when a tractor brakes faster and more aggressively than its trailer, causes rapid lining wear on the hardest-working brakes, bumping of tractors by trailers, jackknifing and panic stops with more panic than stop.