Truck Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Fleet Running Uninterrupted
Cargo trucks are built to withstand extreme stress and heavy loads, making them some of the strongest vehicles on the road. However, they have their limits and are bound to lose their usefulness over time if proper care and maintenance are not adhered to. Read on for five maintenance tips to keep your trucks in perfect shape at all times and ensure the smooth running of your business.
Regularly change your fluids
Your frequency of changing fluids should be dictated by factors such as the loads a truck carries, miles covered, and the kind of roads the truck uses. The manufacturer’s manual should guide you on the best oil type and how to know it’s time to change fluids.
Implement proactive dust control measures
While you may not have much of a say on the conditions of the road your trucks use, your company parking lots and driveways are strictly your responsibility. Dust damage may build up at a relatively slow rate, but it can be extremely detrimental if left to sit on the truck’s coat for too long. Dust control products such as the liquid calcium chloride brine provided by Chloride Solutions can help control dust within your company premises and save your trucks from rapid paint deterioration. Liquid calcium chloride can also control ice buildup, so the same product can comfortably see you through winter and summer.
Keep the tires properly inflated
Keeping your tires within the recommended pressure range helps enhance your vehicle’s safety and fuel efficiency. Proper inflation has been shown to reduce fuel costs by up to 3.3 percent and lower treadwear and the risk of blowouts by a significant margin. Follow your manufacturer’s tire pressure recommendations to the letter and use a tire beaker to ensure your tires are properly inflated always.
Buy spare parts in advance
When truck parts wear out or give up the ghost, you will need to replace or repair them so that you can use the vehicle again. But since most truck manufacturers stop manufacturing parts for older vehicle models, a time may come when the market won’t have original spare parts for your broken truck. For this reason, you need to keep a catalog of everything your vehicles are likely to break in the future and buy them now. It may prove costly in the short run, but it can help keep your vehicles on the road even when some parts are no longer available.
Inspect your brakes regularly
Brake failure is a leading cause of truck accidents in most countries. These collisions often cause property damage and injuries and attract costly compensation claims and lawsuits from third parties. Thankfully, you can prevent this by adding brake inspection to your regular maintenance regimen. If possible, have your brake pads, slack adjusters, S cams, linings, and hoses checked and replaced or repaired when performing routine oil changes.
The lifespan and utility of your trucks are largely dictated by the comprehensiveness of your maintenance strategy. The above tips provide an excellent place to start and can help you get the most out of your fleet for the longest time.