Stay ahead of the inspectors with maintenance topics in Overdrive

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Updated Apr 18, 2023

Updated April 18, 2023, to reflect include the most current maintenance-related coverage.

truck belt maintenanceKeeping a close eye on ♉Maintenance-related violations are by far the biggest single contributor to the Motor Carrier Management Information System database that , accounting for on the order of 70-plus percent of the total violations contained therein. While you can’t influence how bad a roadside or weigh-station inspector’s day has been before you see them, you can make the inspection easy by not taking any chance on whether your rig will pass muster.

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The following collection of Overdriveꦅ articles offers tips on maintenance of lights, brakes and other common areas of equipment failure and inspectors’ priority. Use these resources as you need them to help prepare yourself for the road ahead.


ܫ contains a wealth of maintenance-related material, including the dedicated maintenance chapter.

From our 2017 used-truck series find tips on .

Tires and brakes


Lights and electrical systems

Power- and drivetrain

Air system

Emissions systems

Trailers and other topics

Enforcement — Toughest states for maintenance violations:

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