If you operate a truck fleet, you know how important it is to keep your trucks in top condition. The better your fleet performs, the more money you'll save on fuel and repairs. You also want to do everything possible to avoid injury to drivers and others on the road. Regular preventative maintenance can help ensure that your vehicles remain safe for everyone involved.
Schedule regular maintenance
To ensure that your truck fleet is in top condition, it's important to schedule regular maintenance. This can be done by a professional or with the help of your owner's manual.
The first step in the preventive maintenance process is to schedule an appointment with a mechanic or diesel repair shop for an inspection at least once per year. If you're not sure how many miles you drive each year, keep track of them as well so that when it comes time for service, you know how much wear and tear has occurred on each vehicle in question.
It's also important not to wait until there are problems before scheduling an appointment; this could lead to more costly repairs down the line!
Avoid extreme hot and cold weather
In the summer, avoid leaving your truck in direct sunlight for long periods of time. The heat will cause the components to expand and contract at a faster rate than they are designed to, leading to more wear and tear on the vehicle. Try parking it in a garage or shaded area if possible.
Change oil and filters regularly
Changing the oil and filters is one of the most important things you can do to keep your truck running reliably. Changing them regularly will help prevent premature wear on engine components, reduce emissions, and increase fuel economy. Change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles or three months (whichever comes first). More frequent changes may be needed if you drive in very hot or cold weather, dusty conditions, or clock a lot of miles..
Inspect tires and brakes
If you're not sure what to look for when inspecting tires, have a diesel mechanic show you how to check the tread depth, inspect for sidewall damage and monitor tire pressure levels. f
When it comes to brakes there are several things that need to be checked regularly: brake pad thickness; brake fluid level; hoses and lines. You'll also want to make sure that your truck is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS). This system helps prevent skidding during hard braking by automatically pumping the hydraulic fluid through a separate line in order for all four wheels to turn at different speeds so they can stop more quickly without locking up as much on slippery surfaces such as ice or snow-covered roads.
Pay attention to these tips and you will be able to ensure that your fleet of heavy-duty trucks functions perfectly well throughout the entire year.