Cost of A Commercial Vehicle Inspection in Alberta
Commercial Vehicle Inspection Programs (CVIP) are an important part of keeping your truck or fleet roadworthy. These annual check-ups keep things running smoothly, and they’re necessary if you want to comply with different government regulations.
Since they’re mandatory, people often ask: how much does a CVIP cost in Calgary?
Roadside Assistance versus Towing and Labour
In a province as big as Alberta – and even in a city as spread out as Calgary – there are a lot of places where a malfunction or a breakdown can cause major headaches. Whether it’s out on a remote grid road coming back from an oil well or on the side of Crowchild Trail during rush hour, getting the issue dealt with quickly (and without spending more than necessary) is a top priority.
That’s why we offer roadside assistance for trucks and commercial vehicles across southern Alberta. This service means that a fully equipped work truck and expert technician will come to your location, instead of you waiting for a tow truck. So, you’re probably wondering: “Is roadside assistance worth it?”
Most Dangerous Roads in Alberta for Truck Drivers
While the varied landscape of our province means we can enjoy everything from badlands and forests to prairies and mountain views, it also means that driving across it can be dangerous. Whether you’re near northeast Calgary and battling giant hailstones, struggling in a blizzard in the Crowsnest Pass, or navigating the steep grades of an eastern river valley, here are some of the most dangerous routes a driver can take in Alberta.
Heavy Truck and Equipment Air Cooling
Canada is a country of weather extremes, and especially here in Calgary, it can get absolutely sweltering in the summer. While the warm weather is great when you’re relaxing, it’s not so much fun when you’re stuck in traffic in the city, or staring down hundreds of miles of hot prairie highways. Overheating in a vehicle is not only a cause of minor irritation and drowsiness, it can even lead to dehydration and danger – which isn’t a good combination with big tractor-trailers or heavy utility vehicles. And that’s why a functional heavy truck air conditioning unit is a must for drivers on these blazing summer days.
DynaCERT in Calgary
Here at West Tech Mobile, we’re always after cutting-edge products that make engines run better. From better fuel efficiency to less particulate emissions, we try to stay informed about the latest developments that will help us deliver excellent service and results for our clients. And now, we’ve got some great news about a product that will help do just that!
West Tech Mobile in Calgary is an Authorized DynaCERT Dealer
We are proud to announce that we are a newly authorized dealer for DynaCERT products and their proprietary HydraGen technology!
If you’ve never heard of them, DynaCERT is a Canadian company that does incredible work on emission reductions for diesel engines. In fact, the last part of their name stands for Carbon Emission Reduction Technology. Winner of many awards for innovation and design – including a Gold Medal for the 2018 Edison Best New Product Award™ and a prize for Energy Solutions in B2B at the 2019 German Innovation Awards, among others – they are now expanding around the world.
One of the hardest parts of owning a diesel vehicle is making sure that all of the parts of your fuel system stay clean, and that your filters are catching all the particulates from the exhaust. With variable quality of diesel fuel and off-the-shelf filters, and many different factors contributing to engine performance, there may be plenty of soot, precipitate, and other fine particulate matter accumulating in your engine. We see a lot of it in the diesel engines we work on – so we made sure we can fix the problem at the source.
Semis Manufactured In America
We live in an interconnected world, and there is a truly massive amount of trade that goes on between nations. We are accustomed to seeing many of the products we use every day made in China, Mexico, or other countries, but when it comes to semi trucks, there are many die-hard drivers who have trucks made in the United States.
You might be surprised to know that many of the most recognizable brands of semi trucks in North America are manufactured somewhere in the USA. Almost all of the thousands of trucks crossing the continent at any moment originated somewhere within it. Here are some of the most common American semi trucks.
While Truck Drivers Are Supporting Us All... West Tech Mobile Is Still Supporting Them.
In the last few weeks, the world has changed completely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and daily life has been shaken to its very core. With almost everyone staying at home to practice social distancing, many businesses have suffered massive setbacks – some of them overwhelming – and some industries are laying off thousands.
However, all of those people – working or not, healthy or sick, at home or sheltering away from others – still need essential supplies: medical equipment, food, electronics to work from home, cleaning supplies, and much more. And that means the trucking industry, which delivers all of those and more to communities all over the country, is more important than ever as it keeps supply lines moving.
Google's Most Frequently Asked "Why Do Semi Trucks..." Questions
Here at West Tech Mobile, we get asked a lot of questions about the vehicles we work on – everything from heavy industrial rigs to semi trucks and tractor-trailers. And we’re always more than happy to answer them! Since they are the most common, we decided to put our responses to some of Google's most frequently asked questions about semis all here in one place, for easy reference. Read on if you’ve been wondering these for yourself.
Why do semi trucks use diesel?
Mostly, it comes down to horsepower, as diesel engines create more horsepower than gasoline ones. Also, in the past, diesel was cheaper than gas, so it became popular as a more cost-effective alternative. And one more big reason is that truck drivers, who are constantly guiding top-heavy vehicles – and large tanks full of fuel – know that in the event of a rollover, diesel isn’t nearly as combustible as gasoline. If you’re always hauling large volumes of it in a tank underneath you, that makes a big difference.
3 Common Reasons Why Your Webasto Thermo Top C is Failing
A Webasto Thermo Top C is a high-tech (and highly welcomed) engine warmer that fits into your fuel line and keeps your engine from freezing up – all without having to idle the engine itself. As with any technology, it’s amazing when it works, but there are a lot of components and sometimes they fail for what seems like no reason.
While doing all of the heavy truck repair we do here at WTM, we see a lot of these Webastos, and some of the reasons for failure are far more common than others. Here are the top three that we see again and again in the course of our work.
What Is The Tesla Semi All About?
If science fiction shows and movies from decades ago were to be believed, by 2020 we’d all have jetpacks, butler robots, and autonomous cars that flew us from place to place. And, while many of those wilder fantasies are still just that, the world is getting closer to futuristic vehicle technology that looks like it’s part of a sci-fi novel of its own.
A big player on this stage is the company Tesla, run by eccentric billionaire (and previous driver of the first car in space) Elon Musk. While their electric cars, like the Tesla 2 and 3, have been around for years, the company made waves in November when they announced the forthcoming release of their pickup, the blocky-looking Cybertruck. But a lot of people don’t realize that years before that, Tesla was in the news for a different truck on their list, which is due to arrive by the end of this year. Have you ever heard of the Tesla Semi?
10 Heavy Truck Diagnostics Terms You Should Know
There are hundreds of millions of drivers around the world, and all of them have vehicles that need maintenance from time to time. But there are far less mechanics than there are drivers, so unfortunately, the majority of drivers have a high likelihood of encountering a problem at some point that they can’t identify or explain.
“It wiggles, you know? Really fast, when I go fast.”
“There’s kind of a, I don’t know, chongakongakonk sound. Is that bad?”
“It feels like the tires are loud, and when I try to turn, there’s a…a shriek?”
10 Tips For Dealing With Mechanics
Have you ever wondered what you can do to make your mechanic’s day better? Or how you can be the best customer they’ve had all month? The truth is, a lot of people have some bad habits when it comes to their mechanics, and while these habits certainly won’t affect the quality of the work performed, they will take a toll on the person doing it. If you want to be a favourite client, here are ten helpful tips to remember the next time you roll into a garage.
TLDR: Air brakes are safer than hydraulic brakes when it comes to larger and heavier vehicles.
Why Do Semi Trucks Use Air Brakes?
It’s a sound you hear all over any major city and on highways everywhere: the unmistakeable hiss of air coming off of a big rig as it rolls to a stop next to you. But have you ever wondered: why do semi trucks use air brakes? Why can’t they use hydraulic brakes like smaller cars?
It all comes down to reliability and availability of resources. In general, the heavier the vehicle, the more likely it is to use air brakes. Hydraulic fluid for small car brake lines needs to be filled at a shop and maintained manually, while air is everywhere, ready to be used in any truck braking system. But that’s just one reason why they’re common in the industry.