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Winterization Steps We Recommend to Our Customers

Posted on January 25th, 2019

  • Most Aim equipment has engine block heaters. If temperatures are predicted to be below 15 degrees, units should be plugged in. Have an accessible plug available to use at the end of the day while the engine is still warm. Please ensure the extension cord is properly rated and in good condition.
  • At Aim we use blended fuel at our locations in winter months. If you fuel elsewhere, ensure the station has a preventative maintenance plan for their tanks and is supplying fuel that is treated to -20 degrees. If you cannot purchase treated fuel, contact us to purchase bottles of additive. Use caution as over-treating fuel could result in fuel system damage.
  • Another common winter problem is air-line freeze-ups. To avoid this, drain the unit’s air tanks at the end of each trip by pulling the drain cords on the drain valves. Report excess water immediately. Water in the air lines will freeze and create issues with several components.
  • We encourage all drivers to stock their units with winter related supplies in case of a breakdown or a “no start”. These items are water, food, blankets or sleeping bag, warm coat, gloves, boots, hat, phone charger, and anything else they deem appropriate. Your drivers’ well-being and safety is our primary concern.
  • Report any dash warning lights to Aim immediately.
  • Report issues as soon as they arise to minimize delays. A thorough post-trip is important all year, but even more so during extreme temperatures. Any defect reported during or at the end of a trip will reduce the risk of delays at the start of the following trip.
  • Finally, Aim is available to make a winter operation presentation to your drivers. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please call your local Aim representative. We want to do anything and everything possible to make this winter as safe and trouble free as possible.

Still have questions? For more information, watch Aim’s director of maintenance and director of training discuss tips for winterizing your fleet: VIDEO

Please contact us if you’d like further information or to talk about how Aim helps your fleet stay moving, even in the winter.


Operation Snowflake

Posted on November 28th, 2017

Each year, Aim prepares to get ready for the winter season. Click HERE to find out how you can be prepared as well.


Winterization 2016

Posted on September 26th, 2016

Aim NationaLease

Unfortunately, it is time to get serious about the weather change that is quickly approaching and we need you and your transportation team to take time to review how to prevent winter related delays. Please review procedures that will help eliminate winter related problems.

• Most Aim equipment has electric engine heaters. It is the drivers’ responsibility to plug in the unit in at the end of each trip if the temperature is forecasted to go below 15 degrees. It is imperative the units be plugged in at the end of the trip, while, the engine is still warm. In order for this to work the driver needs an accessible exterior plug that is live, properly grounded, and in good repair as well as an extension cord that is properly rated, long enough, and in good condition.

• At Aim we use an additive blend in the fuel at our locations. We recommend that each of you that have your own fuel tanks adopt the same procedure. Please buy quality, pure diesel fuel not a bio-diesel mixture and have it treated to -20 degrees.

• If you’re not using Aim fuel please contact us to purchase bottles of additive for your drivers to add each time they fuel at a fuel station that does not have treated fuel. Or, when the temperature is forecasted to drop below zero. This will assure that they are getting the proper mixture avoid fuel freezing. If, you are buying treated fuel, is it not necessary to treat the fuel. Over-treating the fuel will prevent fuel gelling; but, it could result in diesel injector or high pressure fuel pump damage.

• Another common winter problem is airline freeze-ups. To avoid this problem, every driver needs to drain the unit’s air tanks at the end of each trip by pulling the drain cords on each drain valve. Water in the air lines will result in air brake freeze ups. If, the driver sees a lot of water coming from the drains; please, contact your domicile shop or road rescue; because, there might be a problem with your air dyer. This should receive immediate attention to avoid a potential breakdown.

• We encourage all drivers to stock their units with winter related supplies in case of a breakdown or a “no start”. These items are water, food, blankets, sleeping bags, warm coat, gloves, boots, hat, cell phone or CB radio, and anything else they deem appropriate. Your drivers’ well-being and safety is our primary concern.

• Discuss with your drivers; if, any lights appear on the dash to please contact Aim immediately.

• Finally, Aim is available to make a winter operation presentation to your drivers. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please call your local Aim representative. We at Aim want to do anything and everything possible to make this winter as safe and trouble free as possible.


Winter is Coming: Letter from Aim’s Director of Operations

Posted on September 11th, 2015

Dear Valued Customer:

Last winter was the second year in a row where we had an extremely difficult winter and it had a tremendous impact on all of us. Unfortunately, this year’s forecast is for a third harsh winter. So, as the weather turns cold, we all need to make sure we are prepared. To ensure you have a safe winter driving experience, with as few cold weather related problems as possible, Aim would like to offer the following suggestions for your consideration and implementation:

  1. Most Aim equipment has electric engine heaters. It is the drivers’ responsibility to plug in the unit in at the end of each trip if the temperature is forecasted to go below 15 degrees. It is imperative the units be plugged in at the end of the trip; when, the engine is still warm. The engine block heater in not designed to warm up a cold engine; it is designed to keep a warm engine warm through the night until it is re-started the next day. In order for this to work, the driver needs an accessible exterior plug that is hot, properly grounded and in good repair as well as an extension cord that is properly rated, long enough and in good condition. If your facility doesn’t have exterior service for the driver to plug in his unit and the temperature is fifteen or below it is recommended that the unit be placed in a secure location, locked and the unit should be set to idle over-night. This will ensure a successful dispatch the following morning.

  2. Beginning November 1st, Aim will use an additive blend used in our fuel at our locations. We recommend that each of you that have your own fuel tanks adopt the same procedure. Please buy quality, pure diesel fuel not a bio-diesel mixture. When you start to use blended fuels at the beginning of the season, we recommend the driver not fuel until he gets to a 1/8th of a tank; then, he can buy additive specific for treating ULSD fuel and treat the existing fuel; before, adding the blended/treated fuel. This is important because, if, both the fuel remaining in the tank and the new fuel purchased are not treated to -20 degrees the mixture will not obtain the required -20 degree point.

  3. For those that buy some or all of your fuel from outside fuel vendors it is crucial you purchase only ULSD fuel, not bio-diesel that has been treated with additives. If your driver is unsure as to the condition of the fuel, we recommend purchasing fuel additive specifically formulated to treat ULSD fuel and adding it into the tank prior to fueling to maximize the mixing process. Bio-diesel may be available at Truck Stops; but, it is our recommendation you avoid using it during the winter months. The additives that we are purchasing are not formulated for bio-diesel and may result in freeze-ups.

  4. Another common winter problem is airline freeze-ups. To avoid this problem, every driver needs to drain the unit’s air tanks at the end of each trip by pulling the drain cords on each drain valve. Water in the air lines will result in air brake freeze ups.

  5. We encourage all drivers to stock their units with winter related supplies in case of a breakdown or a “no start”. These items are water, food, blankets, sleeping bags, warm coat, gloves, boots, hat, cell phone or CB radio, and anything else they deem appropriate. Your drivers’ well-being and safety is our primary concern.

In addition, to the practical items listed above, we would like to remind you and your driver’s that today’s engines have very sensitive sensors for the engine and emission’s systems. As a result, it is extremely important that the driver contact us immediately, should a check engine light or emission light come on. Typically, either issue will get progressively worse, until, the unit de-rates or shuts down. The sooner we react the better the results; so, please, have your driver contact us immediately, should either come on.

And finally, Aim is available to make a winter operation presentation to your drivers. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please call your local Aim representative. We at Aim want to do anything and everything possible to make this winter as safe and trouble free as possible.

Please remember, only through working together can we avoid problems, delays and impact to your driver and ultimately your customers. The success of our efforts is largely dependent on the actions of your driver; working in concert with your management and Aim. We all desire a problem free winter. Working together, we can all do our part to make it happen. So, remember the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” Let’s prevent instead of dealing with the consequences of a lack of prevention driven.

Regards,

Ken Singleton


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