Trucking business operations share something with a lot of things in life: you only get out what you put in. If you depend on a large vehicle to operate day in and day out, then obviously you’ll want to keep your truck in the best condition possible. A little care and maintenance can make all the difference in any long-haul job. Here are a few ways to make sure your truck keeps running well into its old age.
Keep Up with Oil Changes
This is simultaneously one of the easiest, and one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your truck (or any vehicle to be honest!) has a long and trouble-free life. Generally, if your truck was made in 2008 or later, you should be changing the oil once every 7,500 miles or six months (whichever comes first). For older models of truck with more mileage on them, you should also change the oil filter along with the oil. It’s also important to choose the right kind of oil for purpose. There are now dozens of oil varieties, with a wide range of mileage options to choose from. Be sure to do your research to get the most cost-effective product.
Pay Attention to Alignment
Let’s say that the truck you’re using has gone a long time without being checked by a mechanic,
and you notice that it’s pulling to one side or another while driving. If this happens, then you can bet that it’s in need of wheel alignment. Driving over rough roads at speed, and aggressive driving on any surface for that matter, can increase the chances of a truck’s wheels needing realignment. When you notice the signs, be sure to take the vehicle to a specialised mechanic such as Victorian Diesel. You may not like the price of a full re-alignment. However, if you keep driving the vehicle on misaligned wheels, you’re guaranteed to cause more stress on the tyres, get worse gas mileage, and handling. A vehicle pulling left or right can often be the sign of unevenly inflated tyres, so on another note make sure you’re keeping them all inflated to their recommended pressure.
Rotate Your Tyres
This is another example of routine maintenance which is even more important for long-haul trucks and larger vehicles. For trucks that are constantly taking loads back and forth, I’d recommend getting the tyres changed every time you get the oil changed (see above). When you stick to this kind of schedule, it’s easy to ensure that your tyres are wearing evenly, and that you won’t get any serious damage in one when you need it least. The front tyres usually get the most wear, however it depends on how you use the vehicle. By rotating tyres at regular intervals, you’ll give your truck a much smoother ride, and relieve a lot of the burden on your suspension, which can be made worse by uneven tyres. Your owner’s manual should have a page with the recommended tyre rotation.