Summer can be a tough time for commercial trucks. The intense heat and long hours on the road put extra stress on your vehicle, so it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance during this season. Here are a few tips to keep your commercial truck running smoothly during those hot summer months:
- Check all fluids – Start by checking that all of the fluids in your truck are filled to the proper levels. Engine oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and power steering fluid should all be topped off before taking your truck out on the road. It’s also important to check the hoses and belts for any signs of wear or damage. If they appear cracked, brittle, or worn, it’s best to replace them before they cause any major problems.
- Keep up oil changes – Oil changes are one of the most important tasks that need to be completed on a regular basis. Regular oil changes help keep your truck’s engine running at peak efficiency, aiding in fuel mileage and reducing repair costs down the line. Most engines require oil changes every 5,000 to 10,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first. It’s good to refer to the vehicle manufacturer on how often you should change the oil.
- Inspect your tires and brakes – Inspect the brakes, tires, and wheels of your truck regularly during the summer months. Make sure that your brake pads are in good condition and not overly worn down. Replace old brake pads if necessary. Inspect your tires for signs of wear or damage, and if you spot any signs of trouble, have them replaced as soon as possible. Make sure that the wheels are properly aligned and balanced to prevent tire blowouts.
- Check the battery – Start by checking for corrosion or other visible signs of damage. Make sure that the cable connections are securely fastened, and be sure to check the voltage using a multimeter.
- Check the radiator hoses – Regular maintenance of the radiator should include a visual inspection for signs of damage or corrosion, a check of the coolant levels and refilling if necessary, and replacing any broken or worn parts as needed.
Truck drivers should take this opportunity to inspect their trucks for any damage caused during the winter and spring. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact dispatch or the truck shop. We want to ensure that all drivers are safe while commuting.
By following these simple steps for summer truck maintenance, you’ll be able to enjoy worry-free driving all season long! Whether you’re taking your truck on a long road trip or just using it for local deliveries, keeping up with regular maintenance is essential to keep your truck running smoothly during the summer months.