The Importance of a Preventative Maintenance Service Plan
May 8, 2020 10:25:40 AM
All trucks require maintenance to maintain peak functionality, efficiency, and capabilities. To maximize your operations, yard trucks must undergo regular maintenance. At Louisville Switching, caring for yard trucks is our specialty, and we encourage all of our customers to engage in routine maintenance for their yard dogs. One way to do this is through a preventative maintenance service plan. Today we want to share exactly what a preventative maintenance service plan is and the importance of having a plan for your yard trucks.
Safe Driving Practices During Winter Weather
Feb 12, 2020 1:51:31 PM
Winter is here, which means it is time to brush up on safe driving practices. Traveling and operating during winter weather can be the most dangerous time of the year for drivers. We know safety is your top concern when it comes to your drivers. Here are our top five safe winter driving practices to help prepare your drivers for whatever the winter weather has in store.
Ask Chuck #5
Apr 16, 2014 4:50:00 PM
The answer man is at it again. Louisville Switching Service Manager Chuck Duggins is back to answer one of the most commonly asked Ottawa questions. Since countless questions come in on a daily basis regarding all things Ottawa, Chuck has agreed to answer them in our series, "Ask Chuck." If you missed our last Ask Chuck blog, you can read it here.
Insta-Chain and Another Late Night
Nov 8, 2012 2:35:00 PM
Winter is swiftly approaching and with the recent blizzards in West Virginia, you should take inventory to see if your operation is ready for the cold winter months and possible blizzards. Yard trucks are the best tool for moving trailers at your facility, but how well do they operate in the snow?
Diagnosing Your Yard Truck, Diagnostics For Your Ottawa Truck
Oct 17, 2012 11:55:00 AM
With all the new diagnostic capabilities, we can diagnose your yard switcher in record time. Simply connecting our laptop loaded with Ottawa and Cummins technology, we can determine very quickly what is wrong and make the repair. Occasionally there will be error codes that will flash in your cab but they are easily forgotten or erased and without that code, there are lengthy processes mechanics have to go through manually to find out what is wrong.
A few weeks ago one of our mechanics, Kory Swenson, took one of our mobile repair vehicles to diagnose and repair an Ottawa Yard Truck for one of our clients. The trailer spotter didn't know what was wrong except that there was power failure. Without the computer diagnostics, it would have been a two hour turnaround to determine and repair the problem.
Kory hooked up the laptop to the Ottawa Truck and determined quickly that there was a problem with the OEM. There is an Ottawa oil pressure send unit and a Cummins oil pressure sending unit. The diagnostic pinpointed that the fault was a Cummins oil sending unit. Kory said, "I saved hours of not having to read through the Cummins manual, having to go through every step to figure out what the problem was."
He replaced the part, the symptom went inactive, and the yard truck experienced no power loss. Hours saved are dollars saved for our clients. We are dedicated to saving them time and money. Thank you Kory for a job well done!
Demo Video, Ottawa Truck versus a Day Cab
Jul 23, 2010 1:02:00 PM
So why purchase an Ottawa Terminal Tractor (aka, yard dog, mule, spotter)?