Better Roads

September 2013

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slack adjusters, brake cams, suspension bushings, clutch release system, universal joints, and the 5th-wheel/gooseneck. When applying grease through a zerk, make sure both the gun tip and fitting are clean; apply enough new grease to force out the old. If it doesn't get flushed out, check for damage; if the fitting seems clogged, replace it. Then remove any excess grease once you're done. If you're towing with a fifth wheel, check the layer of grease on the hitch to make sure it's not too thin or old. It's important to have good lubrication here to minimize damage and undo wear. After cleaning off the dirty old grease, apply a fresh bead of the correct type of grease with a back-and-forth motion, putting a heavier coat on the back section. Another area of importance is the trailerlight wiring. It can be a pain to postpone towing your work trailer or getting ticketed for having faulty trailer lights. We've found that quick-and-easy, snap-type connectors are neither as secure nor corrosion-resistant as the Western Union type. This type is a simple, yet very strong splice. Protect splices with shrink tubing or Permatex's Liquid Electrical Tape, a weatherproof coating that can be applied in tight areas where roll-tape can't reach. Speaking of trailering, we heard about an odd experience involving an HVAC contractor who regularly tows his work trailer from Reno to Winnemucca, Nevada. After extending the exhaust pipe on his Ford Super Duty beyond the rear edge of his utility bed, he had a recurring problem of one particular trailer tire going flat. What he discovered was the heat of the regen cycle for the DPF was cooking the rubber on that tire. Keep that in mind when doing any non-factory mods, especially around hot exhaust tips. With hot weather here make sure the antifreeze is a 50/50 mix. Even though straight water is one of the most efficient liquids for heat transfer (for this reason, many racecars use 100-percent H20), you still need antifreeze/coolant to prevent corrosion and raise the boiling point. Landscapers working long areas in rugged terrain would certainly appreciate a suspension that minimizes the bumps. While summer is already locked in, it doesn't hurt to think a few months ahead about ways to extend your work season well EXCEED THE DISTANCE. MADE IN THE USA • Reinforced floors • Fully weather sealed • Anti-theft locking T-handles • Angled contour design • No-drill "J" hook installations • Made in the USA Increase Your Driving Range With an In-bed Fuel Tank System From Transfer Flow! You'll go further than you ever thought possible when you install a Transfer Flow fuel tank system on your pickup! For a FREE catalog, call 1-800-442-0056, or visit our website at The Leader in Aftermarket Fuel Tank Systems. 1-800-442-0056 • (530) 893-5209 PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA Text INFO to 205-289-3781 or visit LARGER REPLACEMENT FUEL TANKS • IN-BED FUEL TANKS • TOOLBOX AND FUEL TANK COMBOS Text INFO to 205-289-3781 or visit 12 PROPICKUP August 2013 PP0813_Shop Talk.indd 12 7/16/13 8:20 AM

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