From bikes to cars and from trucks to buses, all vehicles require routine service and maintenance. Auto maintenance is an integral part of handling vehicles and includes inspection or replacement of the auto parts and fluids.
A routine maintenance schedule for any automobile would help add years to its life. It is always advisable to get the truck serviced regularly. In the long run, preventive maintenance would turn out to be cheaper than repair expenses. We discuss a few tips to keep trucks in good shape.
Before you consider this type of check, you should first consider what exactly you’re looking for in a vehicle. A few helpful questions to ask yourself up front include the following.
– What will the truck be primarily used for?
– How many miles per year do you anticipate putting on it?
– Will you ever need towing capabilities?
– How much maintenance can you afford.
The truck owner must keep a check on the engine coolant level, tyre pressure, oil, and wiper fluid on a weekly basis. A monthly review is required for belts, hoses, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wiper blades, and battery cables. The brakes, clutch system, and chassis lubrication need a bi-yearly inspection whereas the accelerator control needs to be checked yearly. Servicing the engine cooling system and getting the under body flushed once in a year is also recommended. Lubricating parking brakes, hinges, doors, and locks once in a year is a good maintenance routine. The other significant checks include inspection of automatic transmission, spark plug wire, & engine timing, as well as changing of spark plugs & fuel filter, and more.
However, the truck user may change the above-mentioned schedule based on the distance travelled per day, climatic conditions, road conditions, usage of the truck, and other similar factors. It is imperative to check the vehicle maintenance schedule mentioned in the manual. The manual would give instructions specific to the model of the truck. Hence, the best option is to follow the guidelines given by the truck manufacturer.
All vehicles, including trucks need special care during winters. Some parts need extra attention during this season, such as, tyres, lights, wiper blades, and battery. A check on the oil and coolant levels is also significant.
The truck driver must get the vehicle checked if he notices any of the following:
• Squeaking or grinding noise from the brakes
• Squealing sound from the windshield wipers
• Abnormal noise from the Air Conditioner
• Screeching sound from the tyres while turning
• Knocking sound under the hood
• Popping from the mill
• Black, red, yellow, green, or orange liquid leakage
• Clear liquid leakage with or without smell
In case of any other unusual sound or leakage, it is always better to get the truck inspected. Ignoring these warning signals may lead to heavy repair bills.