Few vehicles take as much abuse as your big rig. Over the road, trucks are made from durable materials. However, moving parts degrade with time. Keeping your truck functioning at its best requires continued maintenance. Here are four things to watch for with your truck to keep repairs to a minimum.
Keep your fuel storage tanks free of contamination and moisture. This will keep the fuel flowing in your engine. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for moisture control treatment and for preventing water accumulation.
Brake failure is a top cause of trucking accidents. It results in third-party damage, injuries, and lawsuits. To avoid potential catastrophes, you should have a plan to have your brakes professionally serviced regularly. The distance your truck can travel before requiring brake maintenance will vary based on the weight of the loads you typically carry, your driving style, and the types of roads you drive on. However, it is recommended that you have your brakes checked every time you have your oil changed.
Body corrosion is a primary reason why trucks end up getting retired after a certain period of time. Salt and other chemicals used on the roads during the winters and icy seasons are common causes of rust on vehicles.
Things like trailer repair can be kept to a minimum if you perform the proper maintenance needed to keep your vehicle in good condition. You cannot completely stop the trailer from rusting, but you can slow the process down, which will extend the life of your truck.
If you see paint chips bigger than the tip of a pen, you are at risk of rust developing. Meaning it would be best to get them fixed immediately. It would help if you washed your truck and trailer every ten days. This will prevent contaminants from breaking down the clearcoat, primer, and paint. Wash your truck immediately if you drive through sleet, rain, or snow. Rainwater collects pollutants, including acid, that can damage your truck’s protective finish.
Problems with your drivetrain or engine will have you sitting on the side of the road quicker than you can imagine. Look for signs of potential engine wear and tear, such as loss of oil pressure or decreased power. You should include periodic compression tests in your maintenance schedule. This will give you an idea of how long your engine will last.
You have invested a sizable amount of money in your truck. It is your primary source of income. Keep your truck running as long as you can and avoid expensive emergencies by sticking to the above-mentioned maintenance checks.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.