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Thursday, Mar. 3rd 2016

Spring Truck and Trailer Maintenance Tips

Winter is almost over and spring is on the way.  This is the time to say thanks to our hard-working vehicles for their great performance this winter by giving it a maintenance overhaul.  A spring checkup can help uncover winter damage but there may be some components that are more difficult to check without requiring a skilled technician to determine the problem.

  1. Batteries, Plugs & Wires: After a winter full of cold-morning starts, you must check your battery, plugs and wires. All of these components give the spark to your vehicle and they work extra hard when it’s cold. Winter wear and tear can compromise their performance up to 60 percent. Test and replace weak or old batteries, plugs and wires, especially those more than three years old. It will certainly be cheaper than a tow and replacement down the road.
  2. Tire Pressure: Cold weather can reduce tire pressure, so make sure all tires (including spares) are properly inflated and balanced. Improper tire pressure leads to premature wear and a decrease in fuel mileage.
  3. Belts and hoses: Inspect and replace worn or cracked belts, as well as hoses that are blistered, brittle or too soft. Belts and hoses older than five years, even if they look intact, might need to be replaced.
  4. Brakes: After a season of snow and ice it is advisable to inspect the brake system, including lines, hoses, parking brake and brake fluid for proper level. These are one of the most used (and abused) components.
  5. Suspension & Wheel Alignment: Deep potholes aren’t friendly to shocks and struts. An inspection to determine wear or leaks can alleviate bigger issues down the road. Also having your wheels aligned properly after a season of tough conditions can help keep you on the road in a safe direction.
  6. Fluid Levels: There are lots of things to check but don’t skip over any of them: engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze/coolant and even windshield washer fluid. Dirty fluids and low fluids may affect the performance of your vehicle and can lead to breakdowns if not properly checked and filled.  
  7. Engine Air filter: Replacing a dirty air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance and longer life.
  8. Windshield Wipers: Spring showers and summer storms are upon us and properly functioning wiper blades increase visibility in these conditions.
  9. Check shocks and struts: These are vital to a smooth ride and could affect other parts in your vehicle.
  10. Check Headlamps, Tail Lamps, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights: Check that each are in working order and alignment to ensure safe driving, especially at nighttime or in rainy or foggy conditions.

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6 Comments on “Spring Truck and Trailer Maintenance Tips”

  1. Maggie Allen Says:

    Thanks for sharing all of these truck and trailer maintenance tips! As a new owner of a trailer, it is nice hearing about all of the things I need to look out for. I could probably check the tire pressure and lights on my own, but I would prefer to have a professional inspect everything else on this list. In fact, I don’t even know how I would check the suspension or alignment of the trailer! http://www.clenterprises.org/mobile-truck-repairs-shortsville-ny-cl-enterp

  2. Andre Beluchi Says:

    What a great advice that was given on testing and replacing weak and old batteries, as mentioned in the article. This advice has me wanting to maybe try it out for my trailer truck. I’ve been driving it the whole winter of last year. It seems like the vehicle might need a new battery considering the fact that it’s dying down. http://www.bradvin.com/

  3. Gregory Willard Says:

    My uncle drives a semi truck for a living, and I have always wanted to help him. I had no idea that cold weather can reduce the pressure in your tire. I always assumed that hot weather was what decreased the pressure. Thanks for the information, I will have to pass this on to my uncle. http://www.decaturtruck-trailer.com/aboutus.html

  4. Maggie Allen Says:

    I actually had no idea that belts and hoses that are five years old usually need to be replaced, even if they seem fine. It sounds like trucks must be pretty tough on those parts if replacement has to be that frequent. After all, most small cars don’t need to replace their belts and hoses that frequently! http://www.kgttc.com/truck-parts/

  5. emily bennette Says:

    This is some really good information about diesel service. I didn’t realize that you should be looking into an engine air filter. It seems like it would be a good idea to know where to take your truck if it is having issues. http://bmdiesel.com.au/services

  6. Brooke McAvoy Says:

    Maintenance is definitely really important when you are towing a trailer. A lot of my cars are able to tell me when the tires are low, so I have gotten out of the habit of checking my tire pressure. This is something I will have to make sure that I remember with my trailer, because I would hate to get a flat on the road somewhere. Thank you for such a helpful article! http://www.lightspeedtrailers.com/equipment-trailers.html

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