No trucker wants to be faced with a costly and time-consuming breakdown. Sometimes bad luck just happens, but usually, breakdowns can be avoided by keeping up with maintenance. Read on to see some of the common areas that cause trucks to break down, which you can avoid by keeping your truck well maintained.
Tires and Brakes
Two of the most important components of your truck are your tires and your brakes. Without tires you couldn’t go anywhere and, of course, without brakes, you wouldn’t be able to stop. So taking care of these parts of your truck is essential to keeping you safe on the road. Make sure that your tires are always properly inflated and that the treads don’t look too worn down. For brakes, there are a lot of hidden issues, from rust to the fluid or air supply, that could influence their performance. It’s good to have them checked by a mechanic if you haven’t in a while.
One part of your truck that many people tend to overlook is the cooling system. When the cooling system isn’t functioning, then your engine can overheat, and your air conditioning could stop working. But you don’t want to wait until something is wrong to address it. Make sure that your cooling system’s fluid levels are up and that there aren’t any leaks.
Battery and Wiring
Another crucial part of your truck running properly is the battery. You should make sure that there aren’t any weird sounds when you start your truck or when the engine turns over. If it sounds like it’s struggling, then you might need to avoid idling for a while until the battery can be checked. The wiring and electrical system in general controls many parts of your truck, such as the headlights and turn signals. It’s important for your safety on the road to make sure that everything is well maintained.
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