Recalls issued for certain International, Peterbilt trucks

Trucking news and briefs for Monday, May 24, 2021:

Recalls issued for certain International, Peterbilt trucks
An issue that could cause a fuel leak has prompted Navistar to recall approximately 1,780 International trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

The recall affects model year 2018-2019 International DuraStar and WorkStar models, 2019-2021 International HV and MV models, as well as 2019-2021 IC Bus RE models.

Navistar says the sealing washer in the affected trucks may not seat correctly in the pilot bore holes, allowing the high-pressure fuel rail assembly to leak.

Dealers will inspect the rail threads and replace the rail as necessary, for free. Owners may contact Navistar customer service at 1-800-448-7825. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-366.

Paccar is also recalling just 13 model year Peterbilt 348 and 579 model trucks in which the spring brake chamber may have been assembled with incorrect springs that were out of specification, which may cause the pressure plate to shift, potentially causing a loss of air pressure.

Dealers will replace the brake chambers for free. Owners may contact Paccar customer service at 1-940-591-4220 with recall number 21PBE. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-328.

Joplin 44 Petro offering COVID vaccines Wednesday
Joplin 44 Petro, part of the Iowa 80 Group, has partnered with Stone’s Pharmacy to offer a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, May 26, from 3-5 p.m.

The clinics are open to anyone 18 or older and will be conducted on-site at the truck stop in the main building. The Johnson & Johnson single shot vaccine will be offered.

The clinic is walk-ins only with no appointments needed. Any questions about the vaccine should be directed to Stone’s Corner Pharmacy at 417-347-6337.

New diameter dampers for Eaton’s clutch line | To help meet global emissions and fuel economy regulations, many manufacturers are producing downsized and downspeed engines. Those newer engines produce peak torque at lower RPMs, which can create increased levels of engine torsional vibration. Eaton’s new 285-millimeter diameter damper clutches are designed to reduce those vibrations and feature the first application of Eaton’s “Soft Stop” technology in a heavy-duty application, the company said. Soft stops increase clutch durability by reducing stress on the damper springs during potential over-torque events. Traditionally, heavy-duty diesel engines use a 232-millimeter or 254-millimeter diameter damper, which primarily mitigate engine vibrations from traveling through the entire driveline. New push self-adjust Standard Duty and Extreme Duty models in varying sizes and designs provide smooth engagements, the company added. Standard Duty models previously available in a 232-millimeter damper also are now available in 254-millimeter damper with a 1,950 ft.-lb. torque rating and a 285-millimeter damper with a 2,050 ft.-lb. torque rating. Find more about the updates and other additions via this link.

Pilot giving away $5,000 in fuel, other prizes throughout summer
Pilot will give away $5,000 in free fuel, among other prizes, as part of its Summer is a Go Road Trip Giveaway, which runs May 24 through Sept. 5. In addition to the fuel giveaway, there will also be three monthly prizes of $250 gift cards.

To be entered to win, truck drivers and other travelers are encouraged to share pictures of their travels on the brand’s Facebook page or by posting on Instagram and Twitter with the #SummerIsAGoGiveaway hashtag and tagging @PilotFlyingJ. Participants can double their chances and earn an additional entry by including any Pilot-branded cup in their photo.

Other deals from Pilot Flying J through its myRewards Plus app, include:

  • Buy one, get one free drinks throughout the summer with deals on popular brands available in the app
  • An in-app offer for $5 off purchases $15 or higher from May 28 – 31.
  • New southern or spicy chicken sandwich for $2 off in the app from May 24-30 at any participating PFJ location
  • Buy one, get one 50% off on all sunglasses from May 31 through June 6 when using the offer in the app
  • 99-cent fountain or frozen drinks with the purchase of any hot food item at the register through Aug. 31