9/29/22

Best Car Safety Features | Consumer Reports


There are many ways to prevent car accidents. Consumer Reports looks at the latest technology designed to save people’s lives.

9/27/22

E-Transit Custom by Ford Pro | Premiere of an All-Electric Icon


E-Transit Custom is the all-new, all-electric successor to Europe’s best-selling van, and the latest Ford icon to be electrified. Supercharged by Ford Pro’s seamless charging, telematics and servicing support, and packed with innovative new customer experiences, E-Transit Custom is a future-proof electrified boost for all kinds of business

9/25/22

Fleet 101: What is Torque?


This Fleet 101 episode of Truck Chat episode focuses on a commonly misunderstood term in truck fleets today: #torque. Executive Editor, Lauren Fletcher, covers the basics of torque and helps you gain a greater understanding of the topic. Today's topics include: - What is torque? - How is torque measured? - Where does torque come from? - What causes differences in torque? - Why does torque matter to work truck fleets? This episode is sponsored by@Goodyear

9/24/22

Five AAA Rules of the Road


AAA has teamed up with Travel Channel to help make some of Americas Worst Drivers better. Even if youre not on a reality show—or even a bad driver—you can benefit from some of AAAs Rules of the Road. These five basic rules will help keep you safe on the road. For more information on AAA Rules of the Road and Americas Worst Driver, visit AAA.com/RulesoftheRoad.

9/21/22

Harbor 3-Piece Raised Cargo Bed Enclosure, Material Rack and Conduit Box

Store and Secure your tools, materials and equipment
in your Harbor Service Body








This Harbor body includes an optional 3-piece cargo bed enclosure installed on the service body to keep those items in there out of sight and out of mind. The top opens up two thirds of the bed area when opened and glides smoothly on teflon pads. The other unique thing on this is the way the rear is finished. Most commonly, the rear would be barn doors with no tailgate and this one retained the tail gate also has modified the  barn doors with a HD lock assembly to boot.

This unit has a HD material rack with a conduit box and master lock system to make life easy on the job site.

This rig has plenty of storage and security. See more from Harbor at www.htbi.net

9/20/22

Leading The Industry into The Future | Ch. 6 | This is Ford Pro™


Ford Motor Company President and CEO Jim Farley shares his commitment to the growth of Ford Pro. Watch as he discusses his excitement for the future of our company and how we work hand-in-hand with our customers to deliver the custom solutions they need for their businesses.

9/18/22

How to Deal with Roadside Emergencies


                                           Some tips on how to deal with roadside emergencies.

9/16/22

New 2023 Sierra AT4X | Outside & In | GMC


Introducing the New 2023 GMC Sierra AT4X—the Peak of Premium Off-Roading. Equipped to conquer the great outdoors and welcome you to the great indoors. Part of the New Sierra lineup of exceptionally premium and capable vehicles.

9/13/22

Curt ShockDrop™ Technology | Comfortable, Controlled, Confident Towing


ShockDrop™ technology is a cushion hitch system designed to enhance your comfort, control and confidence when towing a trailer. It is comprised of an innovative, flexible polyurethane isolator that dynamically adapts to bumps, potholes and uneven surfaces on the road. It suppresses rattling, vibrations, jerking and jarring at the coupling point to provide you with a superior towing experience.

ShockDrop™ technology is engineered to be the next generation of towing products, offering valuable benefits for professionals and enthusiasts alike. ShockDrop™ is integrated into a growing line of CURT products, enabling a variety of lifestyles for a more enjoyable towing experience.

ShockDrop™ provides enhanced control in your driving by counteracting the effects of uneven roads. It also helps increase the driver’s control over the vehicle in events of sudden braking and combats the tendency for undesirable trailer sway. ShockDrop™ technology is also a benefit to the life of your vehicle and towing equipment. The cushion isolator reduces the strain of towing on your vehicle’s brakes and suspension system to promote longevity. Compared to other cushion hitch solutions, ShockDrop™ is lighter-weight, putting less stress on your receiver hitch.

For maximum confidence, ShockDrop™ technology is engineered for simplicity. Each product is designed to be virtually maintenance-free. The cushion isolator is thoroughly tested for thousands of cycles, and it won’t wear out like competitive solutions that use an airbag or bearings.

9/11/22

SAFE STEPS Road Safety: Pedestrians


We all have a role in road safety! So follow these SAFE STEPS to play your part and help save lives. - Stay alert and avoid distractions - - Walk in safe places - - Stop, Look, Listen, Cross - SAFE STEPS Road Safety is a pan-Asian public service initiatives aimed to raise awareness and provide clear and simple life-saving educational messages on road safety. Acclaimed actress and producer, Michelle Yeoh is the SAFE STEPS Road Safety Ambassador. This program is created and developed by Prudence Foundation, in partnership with National Geographic Channel and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). All SAFE STEPS Road Safety tips have been approved by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). For more information please visit: www.safesteps.com


9/10/22

2024 Silverado EV – Team Chevy Meets the Silverado EV | Chevrolet


We gave a couple of our Team Chevy NASCAR drivers their first up-close look at the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado, and they agree that it’s a winner. Learn more about the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado EV: https://www.chevrolet.com/electric/si...

9/09/22

The 2022 Ford E-Transit: A New Dawn Rises | E-Transit | Ford


As a new dawn rises on an electric horizon, there is work to be done on the ground. Like transporting life-saving medicine, keeping our lights on and the water running and keeping us fed. We've been doing this work for more than 100 years, and our zero-emission Ford E-Transit* will help ensure that we can do it for 100 more.

9/08/22

SAFE STEPS Road Safety: Seatbelts


We all have a role in road safety! So follow these SAFE STEPS to play your part and help save lives.

- Wear your seatbelt - - Ensure all passengers wear seatbelts - - Safely secure children in car seats -

9/06/22

Buyers Products Pro Series - Aluminum Tool Boxes for Trucks


Our Aluminum Pro Series of Truck Tool Boxes are built to withstand the harshest conditions with the features a pro would demand. Proudly designed and constructed right here in Northeast Ohio, these boxes are our most reliable line yet.

View our entire selection of Pro Series Truck Tool Boxes here: https://www.buyersproducts.com/catalog/truck-boxes-11/xd-truck-box-785

9/04/22

F-150 Lightning Launch | Rouge Electric Vehicle Center | Built For America


April 26 marks the launch of the all-new, all-electric F-150® Lightning™ pickup, a milestone moment in America's shift to electric vehicles. Ford and UAW leaders will host F-150 Lightning customers and Ford employees at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan to celebrate "Job 1" and the start of production for the first-ever full-size all-electric pickup to go on sale. The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center is Ford's ultra-modern new facility within Ford’s historic Rouge Complex where Henry Ford perfected the moving assembly line and scaled the Model T.

9/02/22

56" High Harbor Trademaster Service Body



This Red Ford has a 56" high custom Trademaster service body with raised front compartments on both sides, two upper compartments that open upward for maximum visibility. This is also a horizontal series body where the horizontal compartment goes to the end of the body. This is perfect for longer items. This unit also has a 3-piece Cargo Bed Enclosure keeping what is inside secure and out of view.

Harbor offers standard TradeMaster with the 8' and 9' Single Rear Wheel models, along with 8', 9', 11' Dual Rear Wheel models. We also offer a 6.5' for HD short bed trucks and a 13' for longer wheelbase trucks. Since we manufacture this product, we can build bodies to specific needs, but the standardized models will be the most cost-effective generally.

To find out more, you may call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452. Also find us at http://htbi.net/

8/31/22

The 2022 Ford F-150®: Tougher and Smarter | F-150


The 2022 Ford F-150® is here. With available 14,000 lbs of towing capacity,* an available 3.5 L PowerBoost full hybrid engine, the new F-150 is the toughest generation of F-150 trucks ever. *Towing and payload are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously. WITH Max. towing of 14,000 lbs. available on XL SuperCab™ 8' box 4x2 and SuperCrew 6.5’ box 4x2 configurations with the available 3.5L EcoBoost® engine and available Max. Trailer Tow Package. Max. towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

8/28/22

SEMA 2021 - Award Wining New Product - CURT Multipro/Multiflex Tailgate Sensor


8/26/22

1925 Ford Model TT Truck


This year at Old Car Festival we’re celebrating a century of factory-built trucks. Ford Motor Company introduced its Model TT – essentially a Model T with a heftier frame and drivetrain – in 1917. Ford built only three trucks that first year, but more than 40,000 TTs left the factory the following year. Learn more about this truck and the then-young truck market in this video from our Curator of Transportation Matt Anderson. Like, share, and subscribe!

8/25/22

Customizable Slide Out Truck Bed Box Review | Buyers Products


Steve walks you through Buyers Products new truck bed storage drawer. He takes a look at the customizable tool box organizers, truck bed tool box capacity, and how to store tools and equipment. See more photos, colors, and find out where to buy: https://goo.gl/WxxYKF Buyers Products Smooth Aluminum Slide Out Truck Bed Box is a secure truck or van storage drawer that holds up to 500 lb in the drawer and 800 lb stacked on top. The 12 in. by 24 in. by 40 in. model can can easily be installed in a cargo van so that the drawer rolls through the side-door opening. The Slide Out Truck Bed Box's heavy duty reinforced aluminum construction lets you load up to 800 lb (evenly distributed) on top. The bed box's drawer will hold up to 500 lb of tools and/or equipment, keeping your space organized and clutter-free. The box's uniquely movable partitions and optional dividers (sold separately) can be positioned to accommodate your storage needs. The easy sliding drawer automatically detents into a locked position every 8 inches for convenience and control, and releases easily with the push of a button. A full door gasket and rain gutter provide four-sided protection against the elements. The drawer has a push button lock with key, and durable handle. Steel mounting hardware is included, and mounting holes are pre-drilled for quick installation.

8/22/22

Harbor Short Bed Service Body

Many do not know, so we will let it out: Harbor Truck Bodies builds a 6.5' short bed service body and it looks great on the truck. 

Call Harbor Truck Bodies at 800-433-9452 and visit the website at www.htbi.net.

8/20/22

When to Replace Your Tires | Consumer Reports


The lifespan of a tire can range anywhere from 25,000 miles to 100,000 miles. The experts at CR show you how to check your tires so you’ll know exactly when to replace them.

8/19/22

Get the Lift You Need with a Palfinger Liftgate - Harbor Saw Body


Fleet operators in almost every market segment, like Auto Parts, Food & Beverage Service, General Rental, Studio Rental, General and Special Freight rely on Palfinger liftgates because it helps keep their trucks on the road. Innovative and reliable solutions from PALFINGER are available in a complete range of styles to suit your specific needs: Folding, Rail, Cantilever Lifts, Cargo Van, Slider & Side Loader solutions. As the industry innovator in operations and safety, our high standard commitment helps confirm that your transported goods reach their destination on-time and safely. Plus, our gates are finished in a variety of surface treatments, depending on your needs, to maximize the corrosion protection of your lift.

This exquisitely crafted “tough-to-the-core” vehicle is a stunning example of how listening to your customers makes a difference. The SawMaster design resulted from collaboration between Harbor, a local concrete equipment dealer, and several customers. It started with the question of how to best carry slurry tanks, heavy saws, giant blades, and a myriad of concrete saw cutting paraphernalia and other stuff. The design received high praise at the national “World of Concrete” show in Las Vegas and quickly gained traction to become the industry-leading design for concrete saw cutters.

 Learn more at: http://harbortruckandvan.com/

8/17/22

Ford Truck Dearborn Assembly Plant


Ford Motor Company automobile factory complex located in Dearborn, Michigan, along the River Rouge, upstream from its confluence with the Detroit River at Zug Island. Construction began in 1917, and when it was completed in 1928, it was the largest integrated factory in the world.

8/15/22

Keep the cargo separated, secure and easily accessible with the Harbor False Floor



Here’s a great solution for contractors, utilities and municipal water departments, etc. - a false floor for the Harbor service body. The Dual Tailgate keeps contents secure while allowing access to each independently.


The best of both worlds, space for your equipment above and other storage below. For instance the storage below could serve as a sign box, storage for road signs or long tools while keeping the cargo area free for equipment.





Note that the lower compartment is lockable.

Find out more: Harbor Truck Bodies 800-433-9452

8/12/22

2023 FORD F-150 LIGHTNING PRO SSV | America’s First Electric Pickup Truck for Police


Ford pro launched America’s first electric pickup truck purpose-built for police: the 2023 Ford F-150® Lightning™ Pro Special Service Vehicle. Key facts: -2023 Ford F-150® Lightning™ Pro Special Service Vehicle provides the modern, always-on work-ready truck police departments need to help lower costs, drive efficiency and accelerate customers’ sustainability goals -F-150 Lightning Pro SSV combines benefits of an electric powertrain with law enforcement-specific interior features of F-150 Police Responder®, including police-grade heavy-duty cloth seats, built-in steel intrusion plates and available roof-mounted LED warning beacons - Ford Pro™ helps make the transition to electric easier for municipal customers with its top-selling1 police vehicle lineup, software, charging, service and FinSimple™ financing – now offering municipal loan options for charging solutions including installation, hardware and software Source : Ford #F150 #ford #police #FordF150 #f150lightning

8/10/22

CURT CrossWing™ Lightweight 5th Wheel Hitch | Features & Benefits


The CrossWing™ 5th wheel hitch #16600 by CURT gives you the best of both worlds by packing extraordinary strength into one lightweight hitch. With the main body weight of only 60 pounds, it is 65% lighter than most traditional 5th wheel hitches while still offering a 20,000 lb. weight capacity, so strength and muscle are not sacrificed. Its patent-pending ShockDrop technology provides a smoother towing experience by reducing jerking and jarring, and its structure allows fore, aft and lateral head articulation when connecting on uneven terrain, so you can be comfortable and confident in your ride no matter what type of rugged roads you encounter. The CrossWing™ also features a reinforced head connection point that provides exceptional strength, along with a unique coupling system that eliminates guesswork by offering a visible contact surface. Features and benefits of the CURT CrossWing™ lightweight 5th wheel hitch: - Premium steel construction offers robust 20,000-lb. capacity - Features patent-pending ShockDrop technology to reduce jerking and jarring - Reinforced head connection point for superior strength and peace of mind - Easy, one-person installation and removal (fits industry-standard rails) - 65% lighter than most traditional 5th wheel hitches (main body weighs 60 lbs.) - Unique coupling system eliminates guesswork by offering visible contact surface - Head channel guides kingpin into place for easier hookup - Allows fore, aft and lateral head articulation when connecting on uneven terrain - Easy-to-reach release handle for ergonomic operation - Three points of height adjustment from 16-3/8" to 20-3/8" - Coupling point offset 5" rearward for added turning clearance - Premium, carbide textured black finish for lasting rust resistance - High-grade steel design for added strength vs. aluminum - Tested for safety in accordance with SAE J2638

8/09/22

Lift the Load with a Venco Venturo ET6K Electric Crane


The standard configuration for the ET6K includes a manual extension boom from six to 10 feet and hydraulic elevation from -5 to +75 degrees. The crane’s rating is 6,000 foot-pounds with a maximum lifting capacity of one ton – falling below the OSHA requirement for operator certification – making it exempt from OSHA 1926.1427 operator certification requirements.

The ET6K winch features a high-efficiency, heavy-duty three-stage electric planetary gear drive, 12V permanent magnet motor and dual braking systems, and comes standard with a capacity overload shut-off system, aircraft-quality wire rope, and remote control pendant.

Available options include radio remote control, anti two-block system which meets ANSI B30.5 safety standards, mounting pedestals for platform body applications, outriggers and jacklegs for a variety of truck bodies and an adjustable boom rest with a load block storage hook.

The ET6K is recommended for general service applications on any truck with a GVWR of 8,000 LBS or more.

- See more at: http://venturo.com/product/et6k/

8/07/22

AAA StartSmart - Distracted Driving


Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for "Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits".

8/04/22

SpitzLift Cranes - Many Applications


SPTIZLIFT SPECS:
  •     Meets ASME and OSHA standards
  •     Components manufactured according to ISO compliance
  •     Made in USA
  •     Load capacity: 650 - 900 lbs.
  •     Crane weight: 36- 45 lbs.
  •     Lifting speed 22 ft. per/minute
  •     2” strap is UV resistant and abrasion resistant

SAFETY FEATURES OF ELECTRIC CRANES:
  •     Safety release auxiliary handle
  •     Circuit breaker system for overload protection
  •     Dynamic and disc brake dual load control system
 

Learn more about SpitzLift: ABOUT US
SpitzLift Product Catalog

8/03/22

CURT | The First Name in Towing Products | This Is Family


We are company dedicated to family. A small, family business is how we started, and even now we hold on to those humble beginnings. Whether you tow a camper, boat or livestock, or heavy duty equipment for work, we are there for you with the best towing products that you can rely on, and feel confident using. Safety is our number one concern, and we believe in going above and beyond for our customers, and their families. Subscribe now to stay connected to our ever growing channel that helps you BRING IT! Learn more about Tested. Proven. Safe-towing products at www.curtmfg.com.

8/01/22

Lehmer's GMC - A Harbor Truck Bodies Stocking Dealer


 
Northern California Stocking Dealer

Lehmer's GMC
1905 Martket St
Concord CA 94520

925-688-4401
925-628-1301 Cell 



7/30/22

Venco Venturo Industries, LLC Electric-Hydraulic Cranes - NTEA


7/28/22

Old Car vs Modern Car during Crash Test / Evolution of Car Safety



The first models and designs for automobiles were created in the 15th century by none other than Leonardo da Vinci, and the state of the global auto industry has evolved significantly since. First steam, to electric, gasoline, and today’s hybrids, the evolution of safety features in cars plays an essential role in reducing the once overwhelming number of injuries and damages resulting from auto accidents. Auto manufacturers have come a long way over the history of auto safety, paving the way for improved global safety standards.

Unfortunately, as a vehicle ages, a number of factors come into play that reduce the automobiles safety, aside from mechanical wear and tear. According to statistics, a driver is 10 times as likely to suffer fatal injuries in a collision while operating a 30-year-old vehicle versus a late model. The auto industry is continually working to improve the safety of current mechanisms, as well as developing and testing new ideas for safer vehicles. Developments in driving technology and new types of airbags have been prevalent just this year.

While the ultimate safe vehicle may be a long way off, American auto manufacturers have made significant strides in improving the overall security and protection a vehicles structure provides. Over the past 3 decades, fatal accidents in the U.S. have decreased by more than 1/5, a substantial decrease demonstrating immense progress in terms of the safety features in cars.

The need to revolutionize auto safety was not fully realized until the 1950s, when the first usable airbags were developed, among other safety mechanisms. Then, in 1970, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was created. The organization still uses the same name today, and continues its role in promoting and effectively executing driving safety regulations throughout the U.S. Whether creating new policies or revising existing regulations (at the state and federal level), the NHTSA and the United States have been true catalysts in the history of car safety.

7/24/22

Black Boss Stake Sides by Harbor - 1st in Quality and Beauty!


Platform bodies promise unyielding quality and reliability. Whether your business is hauling stuff or you’re hauling stuff for business, these platform bodies go the distance!
  • Choice of diamond/smooth plate steel deck, aluminum iso-mounted deck, or 7/8" hardwood apitong deck (aptiton deck only available for CA, AZ, and NV customers)
  • Square turret-punched headboard, made of a tough 12 gauge galvanized sheet and 2" x 2" tubular frame
  • Stainless rear apron between the dock bumper upright's to hide unsightly clutter under the bed
  • Glossy black coating
Learn more at: 
http://harbortruckandvan.com/

7/23/22

CURT | The First Name in Towing Products | This Is Family


We are company dedicated to family. A small, family business is how we started, and even now we hold on to those humble beginnings. Whether you tow a camper, boat or livestock, or heavy duty equipment for work, we are there for you with the best towing products that you can rely on, and feel confident using. Safety is our number one concern, and we believe in going above and beyond for our customers, and their families. Subscribe now to stay connected to our ever growing channel that helps you BRING IT! Learn more about Tested. Proven. Safe-towing products at www.curtmfg.com.

7/22/22

Harbor - Known for Industry-First” Design Innovations in Truck Bodies


Allen Wrench says Harbor is the best at understanding that you need to use the right tool at the right time in the right vehicle. That’s why Harbor is the leader in “industry-first” innovations dedicated to making your job easier and more productive. To explore more, click on the learn more button.

As America’s premier manufacturer of service and platform bodies (and now van interiors), we enjoy a long history of “industry-first” design innovations dedicated to making your job easier and more productive.

Our bodies are loaded with more industry-first innovations than any other company in the industry. Some examples are:

  • Stainless Steel Pop-Top Lids that are self-opening with the pull of a single lever (plus, they are impervious to the elements);
  • Modern Gas Shock door stays on all vertical doors;
  • Use of Teflon Glides on our telescoping Cargo Bed Enclosures (instead of roller bearings that irritatingly seize up) that glide open with the push of a single finger;
  • Push-Button Locks with a visible red band on the door lock telling you your door is not secured…if the red band shows, push in the button. Now your tools are secure;
  • Bumper step depth is 8 inches minimum and deep enough to give your boot a firm purchase on the bumper without slipping off. This makes for easy access to tools or materials from the bed area or rack. Hard to say why no one thought of this before! By the way, these bumpers are made of formed channel and are the heaviest duty in the industry!
  • These are but a few examples of Harbor’s industry-first inventions that many other companies have now adopted.
It All Starts Here!

It’s thanks to our engineering team that Harbor is able to always deliver the best quality products to our customers. They have a combined total experience of over 50 years, which lets them tackle any challenge head on. They even hold patents for some of Harbor’s best innovations. With an arsenal of modern technology, they are always on the cutting edge of the industry.


  • Harbor Truck Bodies, Inc.
    255 Voyager Avenue
    Brea, CA 92821
  • (800) 433-9452 Office
  • (714) 996-0695 Sales

7/19/22

The All-Electric 2022 Ford E-Transit™ Is Ready | Ford Pro™​


Our all-electric 2022 Ford E-Transit™ van is ready for the challenges your business takes on. Available with Ford Pro™ E-Telematics,* where you can monitor things like range and help maximize run times, along with upfitting configurations based on your business needs, the E-Transit will be the workhorse of your fleet. So let Ford Pro electrify your fleet- giving you the ability to focus on the work that matters most. Ford Pro. A productivity accelerator for your business. *Eligible vehicles receive a complimentary 3-year trial of E-Telematics services that begins on the new vehicle warranty start date. Requires modem activation. Terms and conditions apply. Telematics service and features, and access to vehicle data depend on compatible AT&T network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks/vehicle capability may limit functionality and prevent operation of connected features. After the 3- year trial, annual service contract is required for E-Telematics service. Call 1-833-811-3673 to activate E-Telematics service.

7/18/22

Ask An Expert - Towing and Hauling Tips with Mark Hellwig


Hellwig Suspension Products CEO, Mark Hellwig has been in the load and sway control business his whole life. Over the years he has learned a few things about towing and hauling.

Mark shares a few tips and pieces of advice for proper and safe towing and hauling in this video.

7/15/22

What If You Forget To Change Your Oil?


What if you forget to change your oil on time? Can you damage your car's engine by not changing the oil late? Do you really need to change your oil every 3,000 miles? Obviously, you should change your oil regularly, but exactly how much damage you will cause by changing the oil late? This video looks to answer this question. We'll discuss what happens to oil viscosity as it ages, and what happens to oil additives in over time.

7/14/22

FORD DEALERS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO REMOTE-ASSISTANCE TECHNOLOGY TO HELP GET CUSTOMERS BACK ON THE ROAD QUICKER


  • Two-way, hands-free electronic headset provides real-time visual and audio communication between dealership technicians and team members at the Ford Technical Assistance Center in Dearborn, allowing for more efficient diagnoses
  • Technology uses remote assistance software powered by augmented reality, which allows team members at the Technical Assistance Center to display modified or enhanced images to the dealer technician through the headset
  • SWIS is a global program and currently being used in Canada, South Africa, UK, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and Australia

DEARBORN, Mich., June 27, 2022 – Ford dealerships across the country now have access to state-of-the-art remote viewing technology allowing them to receive real-time assistance for customer repairs from team members at the Ford Technical Assistance Center (TAC) in Dearborn.

“The remote technology is designed to assist the technicians as they’re working on vehicles – with the goal of increasing efficiency and decreasing down time for customers,” says David Green, Ford General Service Equipment Program Specialist. “This technology modernizes and simplifies our operations, benefiting everyone involved.”

The two-way, hands-free electronic headset, known as See What I See (SWIS), allows for both visual and audio communication between the dealership technicians and team members at the Technical Assistance Center.

The technology uses remote assistance software allows the technical assistance team to see what the dealership tech is seeing while they work on the vehicle in real time. SWIS’s augmented reality capability allows TAC team members to display modified or enhanced images on the headset for the dealer technicians to view.

According to Green, “We had one case where a technician reported the vehicle would not recognize the low tire pressure sensors. When the tech contacted the Hotline using SWIS, they quickly found out they were using the wrong tool when they tech held it up in front of the camera. Once the right tool was used, everything was programmed just the way it should.”

At the TAC headquarters, a team of about 150 technicians receives about 5,000 calls from dealership technicians across the U.S. each week looking for support or answers regarding a variety of issues. Of those, about 200 cannot be diagnosed by phone; field agents must be sent out to check out the issue in person.

“SWIS definitely helps get our customers back on the road more quickly. We’ve had some wiring situations that we were able to fix in a few hours versus a few days using See What I See and that’s really valuable,” says Susan Padro, Service Manager at Mullinax Ford in Apopka Florida.

Ford has activated 1200 of the headsets so far with more than 350 SWIS calls to TAC in the last 90 days. All US-based dealers should have SWIS in their toolbox by November of this year.

Currently, SWIS is for diagnostic assistance, but designers are working to enhance the headsets to add more specific use cases such as H-VAC concerns. Other uses cases include gaining prior approval before replacing a windshield by sending pictures of the defect instantly. Fleets are looking to leverage the headset to assist a technician on site with certain electric vehicle repairs instead sending an engineer allowing for faster repairs and savings on travel costs. Mobile service teams are also looking at using SWIS to remote in from someone’s driveway where they are performing a service like tire changes. Training remotely using the headset between an instructor and a student is another valuable use case to avoid having to attend a distant training center.  

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for and deepen the loyalty of those customers. Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, as well as connected services. Additionally, Ford is establishing leadership positions in mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 182,000 people worldwide. More information about the company, its products and Ford Credit is available at corporate.ford.com.

7/12/22

Driving Tips for Wet Roads


Wet pavement contributes to over 1 million crashes each year! Here are AAA's tips if you're caught driving in the rain. www.aaa.com/safety


7/10/22

Can A Truck Change Everything? | F-150 Lightning | Ford


A new age for Ford F-150 is here. More than you ever imagined from an all-electric future.
Harnessing a century of manufacturing mastery, the all-electric F-150 Lightning is the smartest, most innovative F-150 that Ford has ever built.

With the freedom of a 10-kilowatt smart power plant on wheels, software updates that will make it even better over time, and Built Ford Tough capability, the F-150 Lightning is electric powered with your life in mind.

7/07/22

2024 Silverado EV – Team Chevy Meets the Silverado EV | Chevrolet


We gave a couple of our Team Chevy NASCAR drivers their first up-close look at the First-Ever All-Electric Silverado, and they agree that it’s a winner.

7/05/22

Introducing the 2023 Ford F-150® Heritage Edition | F-150 | Ford


We’re marking the 75th anniversary of F-Series with the 2023 F-150 Heritage Edition, a modern take on the iconic two-tone pickup. Coming this fall.

7/04/22

WARN New Products Video


Warn Industries has released a host of new product in time for the 2020 SEMA360 show. Have a look at our latest items that let you GOPREPARED for any situation. This includes - WARN HUB Receiver & App - WARN Epic Wheels - Elite Front and Rear Bumpers for Wrangler/Gladiator - The Ascent Family of bumpers including Ascent HD, Ascent XP, Ascent, and Ascent Rear Bumpers - New Trans4mer Gen III applications - New WARN Semi-Hidden Kit applications - Series G2 Industrial Winches - AXON and VRX powersports winches More at http://warn.com

7/02/22

How V8 Engines Work - A Simple Explanation


V8 engines operates under the same basic principles as any other gasoline four-stroke engine. First the piston pulls in air and fuel as it moves downward, then it compresses that air and fuel as the piston moves upward. A spark plug fires, igniting the air/fuel mixture and forcing the piston downward. Finally the piston pushes out the exhaust gases on its way back up, before for the cycle repeats itself.

In a V8 engine, this cycle is happening in 8 different cylinders, at different times. Instead of multiple cylinders firing at the same time, you want them to be spread out so that power delivery is smooth. For this Chevy V8, the firing or is 1, 8, 7, 2, 6, 5, 4, 3. With 8 cylinders, there is a cylinder firing for every 90 degrees of the crankshaft rotating, which means at any point in time, there are two cylinders on the power stroke.

With regards to the valvetrain, the intake air comes from the top of the engine, and into the sides of the cylinder head. The exhaust flows to the sides of the engine, exiting the exhaust valves from the cylinder head. In this LS3 model, there is a single intake valve and a single exhaust valve, though it’s also common to see engines with two intake valves and two exhaust valves. The larger valve is the intake valve, and the smaller valve is the exhaust valve.

The pushrod valvetrain gets its name from the metal pushrods which activate the rocker arms which open up the valves. The camshaft, located in the center of the V, has lobes on it which push the push rods up, opening the appropriate valves. For a full explanation of V8 engines, check out the video!

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