We’ve officially passed the autumnal equinox for another year and entered into the fall. While this time of year is comfortable and beautiful, it does present its own challenges, especially for semi-truck drivers. The days are shorter and the nights are longer, and it will only continue to shift in that direction until the winter solstice when we start to flow the opposite way once again. What does all of this mean for your life and income as a trucker? Well, for many, the fall is a down time and a slower season. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do, however. Take advantage of the time you have and get some seasonal fall semi-truck maintenance done.
Semi-trucks are a reliable and worthy investment for any fleet manager. However, a truck’s age becomes apparent over time, and all vehicle owners should be fully aware of this. A vehicle’s age affects ownership costs, life cycle expenses, and calculations. The longer you keep an older semi-truck, the pricier maintenance fees and repairs become.
Usually this page focuses on larger rigs, but semi-trucks aren’t the only tool in the delivery garage. The Sprinter van is a common sight in most cities since it is the most popular choice for local delivery and as a work van. Whether you have one van or a whole fleet for your business, maintenance is key to keeping them running well. One of the main maintenance tasks is monitoring and repairing the transmission as issues arise. If you’re noticing any of these signs of transmission issues with your Sprinter van, make sure that you get it into the repair shop pronto. Read the rest of this entry »
Your semi-truck has a lot of moving parts, both literally and also figuratively – there’s a lot to stay on top of to keep it in good shape. You have to make sure that you’re getting your routine maintenance done, keeping your truck clean, and checking yourself wheels and fluid levels regularly. One of those fluids is your coolant, the liquid responsible for keeping your engine from overheating. The semi-truck coolant system is a hugely important part of your truck, so keeping up with its maintenance is vital. Read on to learn more.
There is no denying that maintaining your transmission is essential for any truck driver. In fact, keeping your semi-truck wheels turning becomes increasingly important for all truckers. The reality is, over time, semi-truck transmissions will likely undergo a lot of wear and tear since they are carrying a lot of stress during heavy hauls. Ultimately, the biggest semi-truck failures involve transmission — which means that inspecting and properly maintaining your transmission is key to any successful trucking career overall. Here are some excellent tips and tricks to help ensure you are properly maintaining your semi-truck transmission so you can enjoy a lengthy and successful trucking career.
For the most part, when it comes to your truck’s transmission, making sure it is running properly is key to any successful trucker. In fact, whether you yourself are a truck driver or fleet manager, you can take certain precautionary steps towards ensuring that your semi-truck’s transmission is working properly — or at least being mindful of any warning signs that something is amiss. The reality is, while semi-trucks might appear to be quite durable, they are all reliant on their transmission being in excellent working order to thrive and run effectively and efficiently. Ultimately, at some point, you will tend to experience even the slightest transmission problem — despite diligent and routine maintenance and care. Here are some of the telltale warning signs to actually pay attention to when it comes to ensuring that your transmission stays working properly so you can get your job done right and continue thriving in your trucking career.
Whether you’re in the trucking business and use your trucks to haul for other people or simply use your own fleet of trucks to haul your own goods or products, you know that the decision to add another rig is a big one. You have to consider the upfront cost of the truck vs the value and capacity that the additional truck adds for your business, and then consider the additional costs of running and maintaining an additional truck as well. Plus, in the midst of considering all of this, you have to decide what type of truck you want and need. Here are four solid reasons that that next truck should be a freightliner.
For the most part, having a semi-truck stop working properly while you are on the road can be a struggle — and lead to disaster overall. In fact, the importance of having preventative maintenance checks becomes increasingly important for both truckers as well as fleet managers alike. The reality is, conducting systematic checks on your semi-truck tends to be the ebay approach to take to make sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible. Ultimately, having a go-to preventative maintenance checklist can be a great tool to implement into your routine. Here is a super helpful checklist of tips and tricks that can encourage you to conduct proper preventative maintenance on your semi-truck and avoid disaster on the road.
In the world of trucking, your rig is the most important tool that you have. Without a truck to drive, you don’t have a trucking career that’s going anywhere. While some truckers exclusively drive fleet trucks owned by their employers, many are owner-operators whose livelihood is intrinsically tied to the well-being of their vehicle. In either case, maintaining your semi-truck, from replacing the parts that commonly wear out to maintaining your truck engine is an important part of the lifestyle of being a trucker. Read on for five tips for keeping your semi-truck engine healthy and running well.