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Three Essential Truck Maintenance Tips


If you own a fleet of trucks, one of the smartest things you can do is set up a preventive maintenance program. Regular checkups for trucks can ensure they’re always up to regulation and are safe for the drivers to operate. Here are three tips that will help.

Maintenance Schedule

 Ensure that all trucks in the fleet get regular maintenance checks. Check the truck’s manual or software to figure out when which truck needs a checkup. The trailer mileage, type, and truck age will also help determine the maintenance schedule. Ensure that the preventive maintenance covers brake inspections, tire inflation, alignment and steering inspection, and lighting and electrical inspection. Use a dedicated calendar to track all the trucks in the fleet and assign maintenance responsibilities to staff members to ensure they follow through from time to time. Timely preventive maintenance can help increase the life of the truck, enhance driver and vehicle safety, and bring down running costs.

Driver Inspections

Truck drivers are the most important part of the maintenance process. Ensure that they always record pre-trip and post-trip inspections. In case they have any concerns, address them immediately. Ensure that every fleet driver also has the necessary training to perform inspections properly. The things that they need to check are engine oil, transmission and engine fluids, lights and windshields, brakes, suspension, shocks, tires, and air hoses. A lot of information is available in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance Guidance Section.

Seasonal Preparation

Always ensure that the truck and all its equipment are ready to face the elements. Fall is the best time to prepare the truck for the onslaught of winter. For winter, check if the heaters function well, use fuel additives, and check for tire tread and chain readiness for snowy conditions. When spring arrives, check the truck for any winter damage. Check for rusting and signs of wear on the structure and the parts where corrosion commonly occurs. In summer, ensure that the truck’s blow fan, air conditioner, and clutch are well maintained to avoid overheating. Check the truck manufacturer recommendations to adequately prepare your truck for the seasons to ensure it runs well through them all.  

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