The Right Tools for the Job

3 Reasons to Invest In Power Testing Equipment For Your Fleet

Having a fleet of vehicles can be beneficial, but requir regular maintenance and repairs to keep each vehicle running properly. If you have a large fleet of vehicles, then you likely have service technicians available to handle your mechanical needs.

In order to help your technicians better service your fleet vehicles, it can be beneficial to invest in power testing equipment. Here are three reasons why investing in power testing equipment can help your fleet be more productive in the future.

1. Power testing equipment allows your technicians to break in rebuilt engines in a controlled environment.

If the engines on your fleet vehicles need to be rebuilt, you could lose efficiency due to the break in period that follows the installation of a newly rebuilt engine. Breaking in a new engine allows for the gradual wearing down of any high spots that might affect the engine's performance.

When your service technicians have access to power testing equipment, they can complete the breaking in process prior to installing the rebuilt engine into a fleet vehicle. Testing the performance of a rebuilt engine in a controlled environment allows for a reduction in the number of mechanical problems that might occur after a rebuilt engine is installed.

2. Power testing equipment allows your technicians to measure performance.

In order to get the maximum amount of use out of your fleet vehicles, they must be performing properly. By investing in power testing equipment, you give your service technicians the tools they need to test the engine performance of your fleet vehicles. One simple type of power testing equipment that can be used to evaluate engine performance is a water brake dynamometer.

By connecting the output shaft of the engine with a fan that spins water inside a concentric housing, your service technicians can use a water brake dynamometer to measure force, input shaft RPM, and fuel pressure. This information allows service technicians to identify potential mechanical problems, and repair them before they can inconvenience your fleet drivers in the future.

3. Power testing equipment allows service technicians without a Commercial Driver License to test the reliability of fleet vehicles.

In order to operate a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of 26,001 pounds, a driver must obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL). If you have technicians working in your service department who do not have a CDL, investing in power testing equipment allows these technicians to test the reliability of your fleet vehicles without actually driving them.

Power testing equipment can simulate the demands of driving within a shop setting, giving technicians the chance to identify problems without getting behind the wheel.

Purchasing power testing equipment will allow your service technicians to better care for your fleet of vehicles in the future. If you have any questions, consider contacting a local specialist for more information.