There are so many mishaps taking place everyday. With proper maintenance, service and checklist accidents and major issues can be avoided.
By maintaining your truck, you increase uptime, lower your operating cost, lower your cost per mile and make your business more profitable. The most important reason for having a truck repair and maintenance is safety.
Maintenance of Heavy and Medium Duty Trucks
Below are some maintenance and repair tips to improve the life of heavy-duty trucks
Tyres: are necessary and one of the most essential parts of your vehicle. It is important to maintain quality to improve the performance of your tyres in the long run.
Tyres play an important role in ensuring road safety. Hence, driver safety along with the safety of the passengers and general public on the road depends on the condition of your vehicle’s tyre.
Suitable replacement of parts: To avoid costly repairs, it is advisable to keep getting regular checkups and replace parts as required.
Constant checks up on oils and fluids: Do a complete coolant change once in a few months. The truck will perform much better.
Braking-System: Leaving the brakes uninspected can be risky and one should be careful. The smooth functionality of the braking systems ensures safety for the drivers and also the loaded cargo. Truck brakes should be inspected.
Climate control: Air conditioning compressor usage accounts for approximately half of total engine cooling fan engagement time. Air conditioning operation increases fuel consumption because engine power is required to operate both the air conditioning compressor and the engine cooling fan.
Lubricants: Engine, transmission and axle oils with the proper viscosity also contribute to fuel economy.
Wheel arrangement: Properly aligned axles reduce fuel consumption and extend tire life by reducing wear.
Engine maintenance: Engine valves in proper adjustment and properly operating engine control systems contribute to good fuel economy. This includes performing overhead adjustments at proper intervals, as well as troubleshooting and repairing causes of any illuminated malfunction indicator lights.
Preventive measures which should be taken:
Be sure to inspect the brakes
Brake failure is a common cause for accidents, which often result in vehicle damage, third-party injury and lawsuits. To avoid these potentially catastrophic results, be sure to establish a plan for having a professional service your brakes.
Check the engine to avoid problems
Engine and drivetrain problems will take your truck off the road faster than you can say “downtime,” so be on the lookout for signs such as excessive smoking, loss of oil pressure, or a decrease in power.
For the engine, arrange to have your maintenance provider conduct periodic compression tests, which will provide a sense of how long the engine will last.
Replacement of parts
Stockpile parts you know you will need, and buy parts with lifetime warranties.
Change the oil regularly
Although most manufacturers recommend an oil change every 5,000 to 7,000 miles in reality the frequency varies based on the use. Some mechanics recommend more frequent oil changes, especially for trucks that receive heavy use.
Protect against worn belts
Engine belts drive everything from the alternator to the air-conditioning compressor. The belts are rubber, and however strong, they break down over time. You don’t want your engine to break down while your truck is in motion. This will cause serious harm to the engine and could permanently damage some of the parts.
If the above-mentioned points are followed, truck maintenance would be easier and simpler.