Summer Service Checklist for Semi Trucks

July 1, 2020 9:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Summer is here, and if you want to ensure your truck will make it through an entire season’s worth of hauls, it’s important you schedule a full truck maintenance service appointment right away. This is the best way to keep your rig running smoothly all season long as the hottest part of the year approaches.

Here’s a quick checklist of some of the issues that will be included in your summer service appointment.


The sheer number of tires on a big rig makes it crucial that the tires get careful inspection during service appointments. It’s especially important during summer and winter, when you’re more likely to be driving in extreme temperatures. The combination of the elevated temperature with the friction of the road can result in pressure loss, which can in turn increase your risk of tire blowouts.

With all of this in mind, you should make sure your tires are all inflated to the proper levels. You should also check all the tread levels to ensure they are in good condition before you head out on the road. If the tread is worn down, it could cause you to lose traction on the road. Finally, check for any signs of damage to the sidewall of the tire. If damaged, the tires should be replaced or repaired (if possible).

Cooling system

Your truck is more likely to have issues with overheating during the summer months, so you’ll want to service the cooling system before the weather really gets hot. If you notice your engine operating outside its normal temperature, this could be the sign of a problem with your cooling system. Make sure to schedule a system checkup as soon as possible. The problem could be as simple as needing to add more coolant into the system, and this is something that would be checked during a standard truck maintenance service appointment. However, there could also be a mechanical issue that needs to be resolved.

Electrical systems

The electrical system of your truck is crucial to its operation. It controls on-board diagnostic computers and other important components. If you see a light pop up on your panel that indicates an electrical issue, you should not delay in getting the necessary repairs.


Of course, the changing of the seasons is a great time to change your truck’s oil and to check other fluids, including windshield wiper fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid.

Other components

A standard service appointment will also include checks of your engine, including various belts and hoses, the battery, your air conditioning system, your transmission, your wheels and steering alignment and anything else that helps your vehicle operate smoothly. It should also include a quick cleaning to keep your truck looking good and to prevent corrosive buildup.

For more information about the elements of good truck maintenance for your summer checkup, we encourage you to contact the team of experienced mechanics at J.H.T. Service & Repair, LLC today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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