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.
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.
Posted on September 26th, 2016
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.