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Baltimore, Maryland 21230


Truck Maintenance Tips for Spring

Follow these maintenance tips for busy truckers!

We are supposed to get an early spring this year, and the weather already feels warmer. The snowy days may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean truckers can take a break from caring for their vehicles. There is more to do this season for the maintenance of big rigs as we move into the rainy season.

Inspecting heavy-duty vehicles for possible winter damage is a must this season. Don’t let another seasonal change sneak up on you – follow these maintenance tips for busy truckers!

Inspect Brakes and Suspension System

Your brakes and suspension system are two of your truck’s most essential safety components. A mechanic can check your truck’s suspension and brake systems for wear, damage, and potential failure points, identifying issues before they become too severe. Inspecting these systems at least once a year ensures peace of mind and gives you the confidence that your truck is in top condition.

Check Your Undercarriage and Suspension

Your undercarriage went through a lot in winter, so you should prioritize undercarriage care. Your truck will need proper cleaning to remove the salt and grime build-up from roadways. Not removing these harmful contaminants can cause corrosion and potentially costly complications.

Additionally, going over potholes and speedbumps throughout the season led to strain on suspension system parts such as shock absorbers. Drivers noticing alignment issues, excessive vibrations, and road instabilities may need to replace their shocks sooner rather than later.

Change the Oil and Oil Filter

Regular oil changes are a part of truck maintenance, but you must ensure the oil filter is replaced simultaneously. Without a functioning oil filter, dirt and other contamination can enter the engine and cause significant damage. Replacing the oil filter and oil helps to protect your engine from such issues and ensures your truck runs smoothly for years.

Tire Pressure

Your tires may have lost pressure because of the cold temperature, and it’ll be time to re-inflate them. Typically, semi-trucks should have 110 PSI for large loads carrying 6,175 pounds, but you only need 75-80 PSI for 4500-pound loads. While the numbers vary, it’s best to go higher in PSI for safety and compliance.

Test the Battery and Charging System

Before going on an extended road trip, ensuring your battery and charging system are in good working order is important. A professional will check the amount of charge stored by the battery, how thoroughly it is being recharged by the alternator and other factors. A properly working charging system ensures you have consistent power for everything from accessories to brakes when you are away from home.


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Whether you are looking to upgrade your fleet to tow trucks or are simply interested in the latest trucking technology, you can rely on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. We have provided top-notch service for the trucking industry for 30 years and would love to assist you in buying a new top-of-the-line truck, finding the specialty parts you need, or repairing your truck. Give us a call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474, or contact us online. To find out more about what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is an award-winning, authorized dealer for new and used medium-duty and heavy-duty Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Sprinter Vans. We also provide expert service repair for Detroit Diesel, Cummins, Caterpillar, and Mercedes-Benz engines.
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