Get Better Truck Pulling Power
With This Simple Trick
learned a tip about getting better pulling power from a commercial
motor vehicle with a Mercedes Benz engine that proved true and he would
like to pass it along to you.
As you may know, when a truck is able to
pull its load better, not only is your ride better but the engine
doesn't have to strain as much and your fuel mileage may go up a bit.
The tip that he
received was extremely simple: when
scaling a load of any weight -- but particularly 30,000 pounds or more
-- make sure that the difference
between the weights on the drive axles and trailer tandems is no more
than 500 pounds.
Of course, it is desirable to have even weights (as even
as possible) on the two sets of axles anyway so that there is not an
undue burden on either set.
We're not sure why this tip works to improve pulling
power, but it did for the Freightliner with a Mercedes Benz engine that
Mike drove for a time.
If you drive a
truck with this kind of engine and you
typically pull heavier loads and you use this trick, let us know if it
works for you, especially if you pull such a load in hilly or
As the driver who shared this tip with Mike
said, the company is going to reimburse drivers for scale tickets
anyway, so why not make sure the weights are as even as possible? He
said, "Make the engine work for you, not you work for the engine."
A different term may be used to describe what we've written about here.
If you know
what it is, please send
it to us through the form on our Tricks of the Trade page.
We'll be glad to update this page to let others know.
Money saving tip: Any
time your truck's power to pull loads is improved or increased, the
strain on the engine decreases. That translates into potentially longer
Also, if the truck "rides" better, not only is
there less jarring on the truck but less jarring on you. If you can
reduce the amount of wear and tear your body gets inside your truck,
that can be beneficial from a health perspective.
more money saving tips besides evening out your axle weights for better
truck pulling power, return to our tricks of the trade page