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of the assembly line, you'd think you were in a
new manufacturing facility," Chalifoux relates.
One such MERA member is Reviva, a remanufacturer of diesel engines and components. "If
a truck is new enough, there is still the potential
of replacing an engine with a new engine," says
Josh Stahl, president of Reviva. "But in many
instances, an engine lasts a very long time. By the
time it needs to be replaced, it is either no longer
produced by the manufacturer or has been greatly modified. In those instances, replacing with a
brand new engine isn't a feasible option for a fleet."
So what are the options?
Ü Perform an in-frame overhaul of the existing
engine
Ü Replace with a used engine
Ü Replace with a remanufactured engine
"The problem with a used engine is that you
never know what you're going to get," Stahl says.
"And with today's electronically controlled engines,
you need to find one that is almost an exact fit."
An in-frame overhaul can be a good option, but
according to Stahl, many fleets do not have either
the technician or bay availability to tackle intensive
projects like this. "Fleets are often better off flopping a complete engine in a day or two," Stahl says.
This is where reman fits in. Stahl says Reviva
does sell some long blocks, but most of the company's sales are complete drop-ins. According to Stahl,
fleets can have confidence in what they are getting.
"Remanufactured means the engine is
completely disassembled in a factory setting,"
Stahl explains. "We thoroughly clean and inspect
the engine to make sure all parts are qualified.
Anything out of spec is discarded. We always
use 100-percent new pistons, rings, bearings,
and gaskets. All parts must be OE or equivalent.
In many cases, it is an OE part. In others, we use
reputable names. For example, we might use a

» RushCare Parts Connect
allows fleets to look up
OE and all-makes part
numbers online. Each
search also displays
up to three equivalent
part alternatives
complete with pricing.
Photo courtesy of Rush Enterprises

Bauer, that criteria will
likely include:
Ü Vehicle's lifecycle stage
Ü The component itself
Ü Cost of potential
downtime
According to SAF-Holland's Keller, other factors
can also come into play:
Federal Mogul piston that maybe wasn't specifically made for a certain application but is a proven
part and a good fit. We then put the engine on a
dynamometer and test it."
In 2017, MERA launched the Manufactured
Again Certification. Manufacturing and remanufacturing are held to the same international quality standards based on ISO 9001 and IATF 16949.
Through this effort, a manufacturing process is
certified, as opposed to specific products. That
said, fleets purchasing remanufactured parts from
a certified manufacturer can have an extra degree
of confidence in the finished product.

The finer details of
parts selection
A fleet should develop its own set of criteria for
evaluating replacement parts. According to Eaton's

Ü Product warranty
Ü Strength of company's presence in the industry
Ü Manufacturing capabilities
Ü Distribution footprint
Ü Knowledge and support provided by vendor's
sales team
Ü Customer service
Preventive maintenance is another consideration. As an example, Bauer compares Eaton's
Advantage self-adjusting clutch, which is to OE
specification, to Eaton's EverTough genuine aftermarket part:
Ü Advantage - meets and exceeds OE specifications, recommended lubrication interval of
50,000 miles
Ü EverTough - high-value option at a lower price
point, recommended lubrication interval of
25,000 miles
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime - How you can make the most out of your shop's ROs
Foundation for success: How do you find and keep technician talent?
Vehicles - Examining the e-systems available for today's fleets
In the Bay - Do techs understand the fundamentals of electrical system diagnosis?
Shop Operations - How to assess replacement parts
Reman, Rebuild, Replace - Reasons fleets should consider reman
Economic Outlook - Uncertainties with today's global economy
Tire Tactics - Factors to help determine the lifecycle of tires
Management - The "shop improvement" conundrum
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial - Increase shop efficiencies through fluid management
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime - How you can make the most out of your shop's ROs
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Fleet Maintenance - Foundation for success: How do you find and keep technician talent?
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Fleet Maintenance - Vehicles - Examining the e-systems available for today's fleets
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Fleet Maintenance - In the Bay - Do techs understand the fundamentals of electrical system diagnosis?
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Fleet Maintenance - Shop Operations - How to assess replacement parts
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Fleet Maintenance - Reman, Rebuild, Replace - Reasons fleets should consider reman
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Fleet Maintenance - Economic Outlook - Uncertainties with today's global economy
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Fleet Maintenance - Tire Tactics - Factors to help determine the lifecycle of tires
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