Tips for More Effective Truck Servicing

February 7, 2020 4:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Today’s vehicles and engines are capable of lasting longer than ever before, so long as you keep up with regular preventative maintenance. This maintenance becomes particularly important if you’re the owner of a fleet of trucks with a logistics or shipping company. These trucks are your business’s most important asset, and you must prioritize regular service of these vehicles to keep them in good condition. Read on for a few tips to ensure you get more effectiveness out of your truck repairs.

Regularly change your filters

Dirty filters will put unnecessary strain on your engine, causing it to develop wear and tear faster than it otherwise would. Clean filters, meanwhile, are capable of capturing any contaminants or pollutants that could get into some of the most important systems of your vehicle and cause damage.

For this reason, replacing filters on a regular basis is an important part of vehicle maintenance. As to how frequently you need to replace them, you should check with your vehicle’s manual, which is likely to contain this information. Stick to any schedule that’s recommended by the manufacturer. You can also perform occasional visual inspections to make sure the filter isn’t getting saturated with debris.

Perform regular maintenance of the cooling system

Diesel engines in particular (which are found in most large trucks) will produce a lot of heat, which means you need to make sure the truck’s cooling system is always operating at peak efficiency and effectiveness. Every truck should have a coolant hydrometer, which you can purchase from any auto parts store. Test the freeze protection afforded by the antifreeze in the vehicle, and if the truck has a lower boiling point than normal (lower than 265 degrees Fahrenheit) or a freezing point that is too high (higher than 34 degrees Fahrenheit) you’re going to need to do some work on that truck’s cooling system. In addition, make sure that coolant is always kept at the proper levels, and that you add in new coolant to the appropriate proportions.

Keep on top of oil changes

Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will also have some information about the frequency with which you need to perform oil changes. But this will also depend in part on the kind of oil you use in the vehicle. For most trucks, oil should be changed after every 5,000 miles, but there is some variance here depending on the oil and the truck model. More frequent driving, longer trips or transporting of heavier goods could all result in your needing to change the oil in the truck more frequently than you would in some other circumstances.

These are just a few examples of some of the tasks you should prioritize to give your truck effective service. If you want to keep your truck in good operational condition for as long as possible (and you should), you must prioritize truck repairs whenever the need for them arises. Contact J.H.T. Service & Repair, LLC for more information or to schedule an appointment for truck repairs and service.

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