Our mission at Managed Mobile is Safe, Compliant and Reliable Fleets.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid, or DEF, is essential to the reliable operation of trucks equipped with SCR exhaust after-treatment systems.  Virtually all diesel engines manufactured after 2010 are equipped with this emissions technology and require regular top off / filling of the DEF tank.

We recently encountered maintenance issues due to contaminated DEF fluid added by our customers to their trucks.  The cause of the contamination in these incidents was outdoor storage without insulation, or, improper storage and pump equipment being used.  The result was expensive damage to components as well as downtime for the vehicles.

Please be aware of the following for the proper storage and handling of DEF fluid:

1. DEF, whether in bulk containers or gallon jugs, should not be stored outdoors where it is exposed to temperatures that exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit.  This affects the product integrity and we’ve seen the fluid start to crystalize and break down.  Compromised DEF fluid integrity is detected by the truck ECM and can result in engine deration, shut down, and other exhaust after-treatment component issues.

2. DEF should only be stored and pumped from either suitable stainless steel or plastic equipment.  We’ve seen rust contamination when a steel down tube from a pump was used in a bulk container.  Over time, the bottom of the steel down tube began to rust and the contamination was being pumped, unknowingly, into the DEF tanks on their trucks.  This resulted in the clogging of dosers and other components in the SCR system.

If you currently have DEF fluid on premise for your drivers to top their trucks, please make sure to follow these best practices.

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The California State Legislature has passed AB 529 revamping the CHP’s commercial truck safety program commonly referred to as the B.I.T. or Basic Inspection of Terminals program.  The biggest change impacting truck maintenance is that effective January 1st, 2016 all commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or greater now require a bumper to bumper safety inspection or “B.I.T.” inspection every 90 days.

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Managed Mobile is pleased to announce the opening of our new Sacramento location. Due to growing customer demand in the Sacramento area for Managed Mobile’s on-site preventative maintenance and repair services MMI opened the Sacramento branch office on January 2nd. Managed Mobile provides a preventative maintenance program including oil changes and BIT/DOT inspections at your location in Sacramento. We also offer repairs including brakes, wheel seals, suspension, turbos, and transmissions on-site. The Sacramento area is a great place to live and work. Those of us at Managed Mobile are excited to be helping with the maintenance needs of the fleets in Sacramento!

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Did you know that all 2007 and newer diesel trucks have an exhaust filter or DPF that needs periodic cleaning?  Taking care of those dirty DPFs is becoming a regular part of the preventative maintenance duties for most fleets.  A dirty or clogged DPF will cause poor fuel economy, lack of power, and will eventually shut down your engine.  Managed Mobile recommends a proactive exhaust filter cleaning at 100k – 140k mile intervals, depending on engine type.  We will come to your yard to remove a dirty or clogged DPF for cleaning and return the next day to reinstall the newly cleaned filter.  Don’t get stuck on the side of the road with a clogged exhaust filter.  Call Managed Mobile today for preventative maintenance service on your DPF.

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Are You Ready for CSA 2010? Time Is Running Out!

Ready?? You may even be asking, “What is CSA 2010?” Whether you are prepared and just want to “DOT” the I’s and cross the T’s, or you are scrambling and need a “crash” course (pardon the puns), here’s an overview of information from the official FMCSA site, http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/, to help position your fleet for the November 30, 2010 enforcement roll out:

What Is CSA?
“Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce commercial motor vehicle (CMV)-related crashes, injuries and fatalities. It introduces a new enforcement and compliance model that allows FMCSA and its State Partners to contact a larger number of carriers earlier in order to address safety problems before crashes occur. Rolling out the program by the end of 2010 will establish a new nationwide system for making the roads safer for motor carriers and the public alike!”

Why Is There a New System?
“Since the 1970s, Federal and State enforcement agencies in partnership with many other stakeholders have progressively reduced the rate of commercial vehicle crashes resulting in injuries or fatalities on our Nation’s highways.
The rate of crash reduction slowed, prompting FMCSA to take a fresh look at how the agency evaluates the safety of motor carriers and drivers and to explore ways to improve its safety monitoring, evaluation, and intervention processes. CSA 2010 is the result of this comprehensive examination.”

How Will It Work?
“CSA 2010 re-engineers the existing enforcement and compliance business process to provide a better view into how well large commercial motor vehicle (CMV) carriers and drivers are complying with safety rules, and to intervene earlier with those who are not. As the program is rolled out in 2010, FMCSA will establish a new enforcement and compliance Operational Model that will utilize its resources, and those of its State enforcement partners, more efficiently and effectively, making the roads even safer for everyone.”
“Within the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA 2010) Operational Model, the Safety Measurement System (SMS) quantifies the on-road safety performance of carriers and drivers to identify candidates for interventions, to determine the specific safety problems exhibited by a carrier or driver, and to monitor whether safety problems are improving or worsening. SMS replaces SafeStat in the new Operational Model.”
“The carrier SMS uses a motor carrier’s data from roadside inspections, including all safety-based violations, State-reported crashes, and the Federal motor carrier census to quantify performance in the following Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs).”

How Can Managed Mobile Help?
From a fleet maintenance perspective, BASIC defects such as brakes out of adjustment, inoperative lights, and other mechanical defects identified at roadside inspections, will now have a cumulative negative affect on a carrier’s Safety Fitness Determination (SFD). Therefore, it’s as important as ever to have a proactive fleet maintenance program in place that includes preventative maintenance and predictive repairs. This type of program is essential to safety, compliance, and the bottom line.

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One of the issues constantly on the minds of our customers is the green house gas regulations affecting the trucking industry from the California Air Resources Board. For small fleets that don’t warrant a full time fleet manager who can wade through the issues, the regulations can be particularly daunting. One bright spot amongst the overbearing regulations affecting in use on-road diesel vehicles is a phase in exception for fleets with 21 or fewer units. According to Yvonne Sanchez of CARB, “If smaller fleets submit a phase-in plan for their equipment to us by July 1, 2012, they can have until July 1, 2017 to achieve full compliance with the [Green House Gas] rule.” CARB compliance will certainly bring a negative economic impact to businesses utilizing diesel trucks. One small step we can all take to mitigate these excessive costs and send a clear message to CARB that its regulations put an overwhelming and unwanted economic burden on California business is a YES vote on Proposition 23 on November 2nd. Proposition 23 aims to roll back the CA legislature’s so called “Global Warming Solutions Act” and will help to restore some balance to the business climate in California as it relates to CARB regulations. For more information on this topic as it relates to your fleet follow the following link: http:/www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/diesel.htm.

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Managed Mobile Blog Launches

Welcome to the Blog of Managed Mobile, Inc., Southern California’s premier on-site fleet maintenance service. Along with providing the best mobile fleet service in the business, at Managed Mobile we always strive to be a resource to our customers, vendors, and business partners. We’ve created this blog so that we can effectively communicate and dialogue with you. Some of the topics we’ll be discussing will include industry trends, political issues affecting those who use trucks for their business, best practices in fleet maintenance, technological innovations in trucking, and updates on what Managed Mobile is doing to stay on the cutting edge of the fleet maintenance industry. We’ll be updating the blog once a week and we welcome your feedback.

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