Whether you bought a truck yesterday or you’ve had one for years, conducting its routine maintenance is vital in keeping it in a peak condition. Regular maintenance allows you to establish any possible problem at an early stage. As such, you’ll control any possible breakdown before it develops more complications.
1- Engine Oil and Filter
Clean oil is essential in protecting the truck’s engine. Engine oil is easily contaminated by dirt, dust, and debris coming from the surrounding environment and the engine. Once an engine becomes contaminated, its performance is lowered making it difficult for it to work properly.
All trucks come with a manual which states how often your truck’s engine should be changed. It has specified miles that a truck should run before going for the oil change. However, vehicles that often tow or carry heavy loads work in dusty conditions go at low speed over a long period and frequently use off-roads require frequent oil changes.
Just like the truck requires clean oil for proper functioning, it needs to get clean air. Oil filters are filled with debris and dust depending on your working environment. Change the trucks oil filter regularly to enhance the efficiency of the engine.
2- Check Fluid Levels
Apart from the engine oil, conducting a routine check on its engine coolants, windshield washing fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid is recommended.
The truck’s engine fluids are kept at consistent freezing and boiling point by the engine coolant. It ensures that the engine remains at the optimal temperature which is essential for its performance, and reduction of challenges that arise from extreme temperatures.
Check the power steering fluid which is hydraulic. The fluids help to improve expensive components of the steering such as the power steering rack and the pump. Also, it maintains the condition of different moving components of the steering system.
Similar to the power steering fluid, the brake fluid of a truck is hydraulic. With time, these fluids absorb moisture, making it stop functioning properly. Thus, the brake fluid needs to be replaced regularly with new fluid.
Regular change of windshield washing fluid for your truck is vital. Smears and dust build up quickly on the windshield, hence making it cumbersome to see. By changing the washing fluid regularly, you’ll be protecting the windshield from possible damage that may occur from difficulty in seeing what is lying ahead.
3- Rotate the Tires
A rotation of the tires is paramount in maintaining even amounts of treadwear for all the four tires of your truck. It improves the gas mileage, lengthens the span of the tires, and prolongs the suspension components of the truck services through reduced vibrations. When rotating the tires, technicians can establish if there is an undercarriage component that needs attention before the issue becomes more severe.
Replace worn tires to avoid skidding incidences especially during the snow season. When working in regions that succumb to snow, purchasing snow resistant tires will give your truck an ample time when transporting goods from area to another.
4- Clean the Truck Exterior
Cleaning the truck’s exterior protects its paint by clearing any of the abrasive dust or dirt and makes your ride a bright one. To avoid paint damage caused by salt and sand on the road, conduct regular cleaning to remove any buildup of hazardous materials.
5- Take the Truck for Inspection
Trucks should be taken for a physical inspection at least once in a year. The experts analyze the truck for possible issues. As such, any safety or mechanical issue will be discovered earlier before it develops into a complicated status. Although taking the truck for inspection may be inconveniencing, it’s an important maintenance practice for the truck.