The Heavy-Duty Parts Report

The Heavy-Duty Parts Report

Are you ready to get expert advice about which parts you should be buying for your heavy-duty commercial trucks and trailers? The Heavy-Duty Parts Report is an industry leading podcast where Jamie Irvine and his guests provide expert advice about the heavy-duty parts you need to buy to keep your trucks and trailers rolling, lower your cost-per-mile, and keep you informed about what's happening in the industry.... Show More

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Episode 16: Spicer U-Joints have been the industry standard for heavy-duty applications for years. Most of my customers work in off-road conditions and they swear by the Spicer U-Joint. 

If you’re thinking about the Spicer U-Joint in the red box then you are thinking about what Spicer calls their Genuine OE Quality u-joint. But did you know that Spicer has another line of u-joints called Spicer Select that comes in a purpl... Read more

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Episode 15: There is a wide range of opinions about diesel and fuel additives.

In this episode, my guest will educate us about what you need to know and how to properly test additives in a quick do-it-yourself 15-minute test. 

I would like to introduce you to Marc Palud, head of sales at XP3 in Canada. Marc was unable to do his interview from his office as we planned and so we improvised and did the interview from th... Read more

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Episode 14: Today’s modern commercial trucks have a lot of additional technology in them that didn’t exist even 20-years ago. Since these trucks, all have air systems the need for clean air remains unchanged but in order to keep up with all the technology the air dryer and its role has changed a lot in the last 20-years. 

In this episode, our host Jamie Irvine will explain exactly what you need to know about how to maintai... Read more

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Episode 13: The parts industry has changed dramatically since I started in 1998. Technology continues to advance and that presents challenges and opportunities.  

I would like to introduce Tyler Robertson, CEO of Diesel Laptops. Tyler is blazing a new trail developing resources that are empowering independent mechanics and parts technicians.  

The Diesel Laptops mission is simple: to provide the best diesel diagnosti... Read more

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Episode 12: Learn why providing the right kind of training for your heavy-duty mechanics and parts technicians is an important part of keeping your fleet or repair shop profitable.

You’re listening to the Heavy-Duty Parts Report. I’m your host Jamie Irvine and this is the podcast where you will get expert advice about the heavy-duty parts you buy and keep you informed about what's happening in the industry.

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Episode 11: It seems like there is a shortage of truck drivers, mechanics, and parts people in the heavy-duty truck and parts industry. But, is it just our perception or is it a legitimate problem that we need to solve? 

In this episode, we are going to discuss the shortage of skilled workers in the heavy-duty trucking industry.  

To help us with that I would like to introduce Kael Campbell of Red Seal Recruiting Sol... Read more

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Episode 10: Have you ever been faced with an expensive repair bill? It is very stressful and having to decide whether to rebuild an engine is one of the most expensive repairs decisions you will face.   

To help us understand when you should rebuild an engine and what the best options are for engine parts I would like to introduce you to Bill Mirth, Director of Business Development at IPD. 

Bill spent 20-years at Fed... Read more

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Episode 9: Large mobile maintenance companies and national parts distributors are consolidating what they call a “fragmented marketplace.” But, is that good for independent mobile mechanics?

My guest today is Ray Gross of the Mobile Maintenance Association and he explains why consolidation is terrible for independent mobile mechanics and what he is doing about it. 

To learn more about the Mobile Maintenance Associati... Read more

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August 18, 2019 19 min

Episode 8: In this episode, we are going to discuss what happens when a fleet is sold.

To help us with that I would like to introduce you to Neil Gerritsen, Neil is part of the leadership group at Alberta Business Sales, a business brokerage firm located in Edmonton, AB, Canada that specializes in connecting business buyers and sellers. 

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Episode 7: When you think of buying a heavy-duty part for a truck or trailer you probably think about buying original equipment parts through a dealer or aftermarket parts through a parts distributor. 

When you think about buying used parts, you probably think about going to a “junkyard” and finding a part with unknown performance and reliability because the part is, well, used.

In this episode, I interview a represe... Read more

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Episode 6: Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs), Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOCs) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCRs) for post-2007 medium to heavy-duty trucks and buses have created a lot of controversies. 

On the one side of the argument governments, regulators, environmental groups, and individual people want to see more technology introduced to reduce or even one-day eliminate emissions.

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Episode 5: With the summer weather causing temperatures to rise, a functional air conditioning system is a necessity. From driver comfort to warding off heatstroke this is something you don’t want to have break down unexpectantly. In this episode, you will get 5 tips for identifying problems with your air conditioning system so you can keep it working all summer. 

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  • June 30, 2019 33 min

    Episode 4: We are going to discuss how to put the brakes, on buying cheap brakes. 

    To help us with that I would like to introduce Bob Hicks, President of Marathon Brake. 

    Bob has been in the heavy-duty brake business for 30+ years. Bob was the Director of Sales at Carlisle for 23-years and has been the president of Marathon Brake for 10-years. This month Bob is celebrating his 10-year anniversary at Marathon.

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    Bonus Episode: Bob Hicks, President of Marathon Brake and I talk about the impact consolidation is having on the industry and why high-density brake lining is important. This is a clip from the upcoming full interview of episode 4 of The Heavy-Duty Parts Report which goes live on July 1, 2019.

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  • Bonus Episode: Bob Hicks, President of Marathon Brake and I get technical about brakes in episode 4 of The Heavy-Duty Parts Report which goes live on July 1, 2019.

    In this bonus episode, I am giving you a sneak listen to a portion of the interview and you will get some pretty great information.

    For example, what is a transverse rupture test and how does it affect your brakes in the real world?

    When brake m... Read more

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    May 31, 2019 23 min

    Episode 3: You want the best price possible for the heavy-duty parts you purchase. Your parts distributor wants to make as much money as possible on the heavy-duty parts they sell you. 

    You need each other but your needs are diametrically opposed, and it seems like it is an intractable problem. Learn how to work with your parts distributor in a way that aligns your mutual needs despite seeming to be in opposition to one an... Read more

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    May 31, 2019 5 min

    Episode 2: My name is Jamie Irvine and I am the Host of The Heavy-Duty Parts Report. In this episode, I tell my story of where I am from, how I got into the heavy-duty parts industry, and why I started this podcast.

    Think of it as a mini-audio biography. 

    3 Questions Answered in this Episode:

  • Where did Jamie Irvine grow up?
  • How did Jamie Irvine get started in the heavy-duty parts industry?
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    Episode 1: It is my pleasure to welcome you to The Heavy-Duty Parts Report.

    In this episode, I am going to answer some of the questions you may have about what you can expect when you listen to The Heavy-Duty Parts Report.

    Questions Answered in this Episode:

    What will The Heavy-Duty Parts Report be all about?

    The Heavy-Duty Parts Report is an industry leading podcast where my guests and I will ... Read more

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