PACCAR MX Engines

The new line of Paccar engines were engineered to deliver optimum performance, durability, fuel economy and an overall lower cost of ownership for drivers. The newer MX-13 engine saw an increase in output to 510 hp and 1850 lb.-ft. of torque, while the MX-11 engine’s output clocked in at 430 hp and 1650 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque is delivered at 900 RPM which supports increased performance and flexibility. The team at Paccar has designed the MX engines with a B10 life, meaning that 90% of Paccar MX-11 and -13 engines are expected to reach over one million miles with the need of a major overhaul. The engines also come standard with remote diagnostics for ease of support, resulting in lower cost of ownership and maximum up-time. The 2017 models include: a new single cylinder air compressor, variable displacement oil pump, and variable speed coolant pump that provides drivers with better fuel economy. The MX engines also extend oil and fuel filter intervals versus previous models, and saving cost over the life of the engine. Lastly, the engines now utilize a single canister after treatment system, reducing weight by 100 lbs., which improves the ability to service and extends service intervals.

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Kenworth Idle Management System

The Idle Management System is a factory-installed and integrated engine-off heating and cooling idle management system that comes in the T680 sleeper. The system is a battery-based APU (auxiliary power unit) tied directly to the ducting system. An optional fuel-fired heater provides full heat with the engine off. It also has a very small under-bunk footprint to maintain storage space for drivers. The Kenworth Idle Management has also proven to extend air conditioning performance. The controls for the system are all on board, and once the truck is powered off, the driver uses the control panel to both set the temperature control and monitor remaining battery power. The system also features integrated power management to ensure the truck has enough power to start, while maximizing the performance. The environmental impact of the system is minimal. Another great feature demonstrating why Kenworth is ‘The World’s Best’.

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Summer Driving Tips

With temperatures rising and the days getting longer, it can only mean one thing. Summer is right around the corner. The change of seasons brings its own set of challenges for truckers. As with winter driving, the summer weather bestows inclement weather, construction, increased traffic and of course the heat. Here are some tips to preserve your sanity this summer season.

Increased Traffic/Extra Drivers – During the warmer months, families are taking vacations, people are going to the lake and people generally enjoy driving more when it’s warm. There are also more boats and recreational vehicles on the road, which can slow things down and congest traffic. This increase in traffic volume can change the normal traffic patterns, which lead to congestion, accidents and unpredictability. Be sure to stay extra alert and aware of your surroundings during this peak traffic season. Drive defensively and be prepared to stop. Also ensure to factor in the extra time you may need to reach your destination.

Sun Protection – Many truckers are more than likely familiar with “Truckers Arm” that comes from the constant sun exposure to the left arm. While the constant rays of sun can feel great while driving, there are serious risks associated with subjection to sun. Being aware of the exposure and using protection can reduce harmful risks down the road. Protection can include sunscreen, long sleeves or window covers.

Hydration – It can be easy to forget to drink fluids while on the road, but it goes without saying that keeping hydrated is very important. Ensure that you always have a bottle of water handy, and it’s never a bad idea to keep a few extras on you in case of an emergency. Beverages with higher sugar and caffeine content will dehydrate you, as well as lead to more restroom breaks in the long run.

Equipment – Heat is tough on equipment, specifically brakes, tires and cooling systems. More emphasis should be placed on the pre-trip inspection, paying extra attention on your tires to prevent the chance of a blowout. Check out our post on summer inspection tips for more information on your pre-drive. If you ever find yourself questioning any of your mechanical components, always pull over and check things out.

Weather – While potentially not as extreme as winter driving, summer weather can bring with it some severe storms that can make driving quite treacherous as well. Be aware of the weather ahead of time so you’re not caught off guard during potential storms. If necessary, during more extreme situations, change your route to avoid dangers or delays. If your safety ever comes into question, pull over and wait it out.

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Kenworth T680 Hologram First of it’s Kind

Finger Food Studios has teamed up with PACCAR to develop a full scale hologram of a Kenworth T680, where visitors could view and interact with different designs and simulations featured through the Microsoft HoloLens. The hologram was featured on site last week at Microsoft Build in Seattle. This was PACCAR’s first swoop into holographic marketing, however it may become more common as it allows manufacturers and dealers alike to illustrate the true large-scale potential and detail of the trucks for fractions of the time and effort. This is only the tip of the iceberg of what is possible for these holograms moving forward.

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Custom International 4400

When we brought in this 2007 International 4400 it was the 30 ft box van pictured on the left. Once we got our hands on it, we put it through our standard mechanical inspection and exterior clean and polish. We shortened it to 15 ft and our friends at Falcon Equipment put on a brand new box. We’re saying goodbye to Saskatoon tomorrow! This is just part of what CTS does! Visit us online! Custom Truck WebsiteA.png

Kenworth Working on a Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680 Model

Kenworth is developing a T680 day cab with a hydrogen fuel cell for drayage tractor operations at Southern California ports. The fuel cell was manufactured by Canadian company Ballard Power Systems and will charge the batteries on the truck while only producing water as an emission. The T680 will use lithium-ion batteries to power a dual-rotor electric motor which will drive the rear tandem axel with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The truck will have an electricity range of about 30 miles, until the on-board fuel system kicks in, which can provide sufficient range for a full day in regional hauling applications. This possibility provides Kenworth the opportunity to develop and progress important technologies which will shape the trucks of the future.m-cng-t680-1

Kenworth Now Offers Allison TC10 Automatic Transmission

Kenworth will now be offering Allison’s TC10 fully automatic transmission as an alternative for driver’s looking to purchase a new Kenworth T660 on-highway or T880 vocational tractor. Availability on these new offers will be later this year.

The Allison TC10 is intended for line haul, regional haul as well as pick-up and delivery tractor applications. The TC10 boats 10 forward and 2 reverse speeds, a patented torque converter, and a twin countershaft gearbox to optimize acceleration while improving fuel economy through down-speeding. The transmission is amalgamated with numerous engine offerings and is offered by Kenworth for applications that need torque up to 1850 lb.-ft. and up to 110,000-lb gross combined weight rating.

Kenworth continues to exemplify their motto of “The World’s Best” by providing more options and products to its customers. The TC10 will offer a comprehensive five-year or 750,000 mile warranty, with no maintenance required for 500,000 miles.  allison-4700-rds-tranmission

DEF Filter Maintenance

With Spring in full swing, here is a maintenance tip from us at CTS Kenworth. The pictures below show a contaminated DEF that we removed. As you can see, it’s quite dirty, and caused the check engine light to illuminate.

The DEF Filter is located in the DEF Pump Module to inspect, if you’re unsure of the DEF quality.

It’s recommended to replace the filter every 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or once a year for vocational use, and every 200,000 miles (320,000 km) for Line Haul use.

Call any of our 6 CTS service locations or visit us online to locate a branch near you. Contact Us