Jan 11

Test Entire Vehicle Electrical Systems

If fleets want to reduce, or even eliminate, electrical issues, they need to equip their technicians with high-quality electrical testing equipment. That is why Purkeys provides the Benchtop Electrical Analyzer. When portability is not a concern, a roll-around tester, like the Benchtop Electrical Analyzer, is what every fleet needs. It is an automated tester that...

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Nov 02

Guide Technicians Through Electrical Tests

One of the most important parts of maintaining vehicle electrical systems is having good electrical testing equipment. Purkeys’ Handheld Electrical Analyzer automates the testing process, allowing technicians to quickly and easily test electrical systems. This handheld tester has a menu-driven system that guides technicians through tests for heavy-duty vehicle cranking, charging, and battery systems. It...

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Jul 15

WHY USE THE MTU TO TRAIN TECHNICIANS

  Purkeys’ new product, the Multimeter Training Unit (MTU), helps fleets train technicians on a heavy-duty vehicle’s electrical system. The MTU allows technicians to practice their skills with a multimeter in a controlled environment before testing on a vehicle. Purkeys Chief Engineer Dale Henningson said one of the main benefits of using the MTU is...

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Jul 13

KNOW HOW TO KEEP THE ABS WORKING PROPERLY

TMC’s RP-137b sets the industry standard for voltage drop on the 7-way connection. When voltage drop is measured on the 7-way, three circuits are tested. The common ground, the AUX pin and the stop lamp circuit are tested under load to determine if adequate power will be available at the front of the trailer. Purkeys...

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Jun 08

ARE YOU TESTING THE 7-WAY CORD?

It is common for fleets to have a tester in the shop that will supply power to trailer circuits and make the lights illuminate. When a technician performs this test and sees that the trailer lights are working, they often assume it is good to go. Problems with the lights can still occur if the...

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Apr 15

WANT TO REDUCE FUEL COSTS?

WHAT PURKEYS OFFERS TO HELP INCREASE FUEL EFFICIENCY Commercial trucking fleets often rely on fuel to power a vehicle’s charging system. To quantify the costs, let’s assume an idling truck burns a gallon of fuel an hour for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year at a price of $4...

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Apr 03

FUEL EFFICIENCY VIA THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

HOW A MORE EFFICIENT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM CAN HELP REDUCE FUEL COSTS   In the heavy-duty trucking industry, fuel costs are one of the biggest operational expenses fleets encounter, second to payroll. Purkeys Chief Engineer Dale Henningson explains, “The engine powers the alternator, which is where electrical energy originates so all of the electrical power comes...

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Mar 17

KEEPING DRIVERS HAPPY

HOW PURKEYS’ PRODUCTS CAN HELP RETAIN DRIVERS Heavy-duty trucking fleets find that it’s difficult to find good drivers, so once you find them, the last thing you want to do is lose them. According to Purkeys’ Chief Creative Engineer Bruce Purkey, it’s not necessarily always about the wages. Sometimes the technology you can provide to...

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Mar 11

MIDTRONICS IS MORE THAN A TESTER, IT’S AN ANALYZER

THE EXP-1000 HD PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ANALYSIS   The Midtronics Heavy-Duty Expandable Electrical Diagnostic Platform is capable of fast, accurate testing for heavy-duty and commercial applications. Although it is useful for testing batteries, the device can do much more, such as testing alternators, starters, and voltage drops. According to Purkeys Sales and Service Engineer...

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Dec 03

HOW TO DETECT A FROZEN BATTERY

SALES AND SERVICE ENGINEER CHARLEY GIPE GOES OVER THE SIGNS To understand why a battery freezes, fleets must understand how a battery is made. Inside the battery is sulfuric acid and water. The combination of these fluids creates an electrolyte with a very low freezing point, making a frozen battery unlikely in most temperatures. The...

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