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Maintenance Tips for the Conscientious Trucker

Whether the economy is slowing down, speeding up, or holding fast, if your truck won't run, you won't work. Period. Luckily, it doesn't take much to keep things in working order, provided you know what to do and what to look for. Here are a few semi-truck maintenance tips that will see your rig remains in tip-top shape and keep you on the road.
  • Be sure to check your oil regularly. Heavy trucks employ powerful engines to traverse the country, and require a lot of oil to keep things running smoothly. Before you head out on the long haul make sure your oil levels are adequate and have been changed according to Manufacturers Specifications.
  • While you're under the hood, check the radiator. If your fluid isn't full, top it off before heading on any long hauls. Should you notice any leaks, take care of them immediately before overheating does serious damage to your engine.
  • If you have a few days between trips, check your fuel vents before you head out. Insects and other critters like to make nests in the fuel vents, which often become blockages. 
  • If you start to feel vibrations or hear a squealing sound when you hit the brakes, get them checked right away. Ideally, you'll want to have your brakes checked regularly; it may seem like a hassle, but it will save you money in the long run. 
  • Finally, check your tire pressure before and after any long hauls. If you've been doing a lot of short runs, get into the habit of checking the tire pressure weekly. Fluctuations in temperatures as you travel will cause the rubber in your tires to expand and contract, and under-inflated tires will reduce the fuel-efficiency of your vehicle. On the other hand, over-inflated tires are prone to blowouts, punctures and pothole damage. When the air pressure in your tires is precise, you're far less likely to run into any trouble.

Your truck is an incredibly valuable and important piece of equipment. Take care of it and it will take care of you. If you have any questions or more information on your truck's maintenance and care, please contact us.