Jan 11

Life Lessons from Rylar

As many of you know, Account Representative Rylar Masco is leaving Purkeys and beginning a new career.  Many of you have had the opportunity to interact with Rylar over the past four years, and have found him to be friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate. Always a charismatic member of the Purkeys family, we are all equally...

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Jan 11

WHY USE THE MTU TO TRAIN TECHNICIANS

The Multimeter Training Unit (MTU)™ helps fleets train technicians on diagnosing heavy-duty vehicle electrical systems with a multimeter by allowing the technicians to practice their multimeter skills in a controlled environment. “One of the main benefits of using the MTU,” explains Purkeys Chief Engineer Dale Henningson, “is the unit’s portability and ease of use. The MTU...

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Jan 04

PURKEYS’ MULTIMETER TOOL KIT

Heavy-duty vehicles are far from simple machines. When they are not working correctly, it can be a challenge to find the source of the issue. Technicians not only need proper training, but they also need the proper tools. Our ELECTRICAL TOOL KIT gives technicians a basic kit to test and diagnose a variety of electrical issues on...

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Dec 13

Purkeys’ 6-Station Battery Charger

Original post updated on 12/13/17 Heavy duty, commercial trucking fleets can experience a variety of issues with batteries on a regular basis. Proper battery maintenance is an important part of keeping a fleet on the road and maximizing productivity and profit. Once aspect of battery maintenance is keeping in mind the effect that temperature changes...

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Dec 05

PAC Helps Batteries Charge Through the Cold

A fully-charged battery will perform well in cold weather—it’s when the batteries become severely discharged that fleets will start to see problems. It is well known that cold weather makes it harder to crank a motor. This, added to the extra loads from heaters and other equipment, can strain heavy-duty vehicle batteries. Purkeys’ Pack Accelerated...

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Nov 30

CAPS in the Cold

It is well known that fleets perform more jumpstarts during the cold winter months. This happens because cold motors require more energy to start and the weather can cause batteries to produce less energy. To combat these cold weather conditions, fleets need a jumpstarter that is powerful, portable, quick, and safe. PURKEYS’ CAPACITOR ACTUATED PORTABLE...

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Nov 20

Winterizing Your Trailer Liftgate System

Last week, Bruce Purkey continued his winter preparation webinar series by sharing with us some tips and best practices for readying liftgate systems for winter. In his webinar, Bruce gave a simple, three-step process for preparing liftgate charging systems for winter: Test the Batteries Make sure the OCV is 12.4 volts or higher. Take the...

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Nov 15

Double Checking Your Liftgate Charging System

As with every part of your heavy-duty vehicle, your liftgate charging system needs to be tested not only at installation, but it also needs an occasional checkup to ensure that it’s performing properly. However, the challenge comes in having the needed tools and power source to accurately test a liftgate charging system. That’s where the...

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Nov 09

Winterizing Your Tractor

Last week, Bruce Purkey shared with us some tips and best practices for readying the tractor for winter. In his webinar, Bruce referenced the Technology Maintenance Council (TMC) RP-129, which outlines an easy 1-2-3 approach to testing cranking and charging systems. Testing the Cranking System Disconnect all batteries and test with a quality tester Conduct...

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Nov 02

Importance of Preventative Maintenance

Running preventative maintenance tests on a regular basis (at least every 6 months) is an opportunity to help keep drivers from experiencing unexpected problems or getting stuck in situations with a bad battery, cable, or alternator. These tests also help identify voltage drop and other problems you may be experiencing. Preventative maintenance is particularly important...

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