As an owner-operator of your own trucking rig, knowing how and when to DIY can make all the difference in your career. Not only can it make your job more profitable if you’re spending less money on in shop repair, but it can help ensure your truck lasts longer. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top tips for keeping your truck running excellent no matter its age.
Tracking Your Tires
Next to fuel, tires are one of the most costly parts of operating an 18-wheeler. Keeping your tires properly inflated is a crucial step. Both over and under inflation can lead to shorter lifespans and significant damage. Using a chart to ensure that each wheel is kept at the optimal PSI will improve your tire lifespan tremendously. In addition, keep an eye out for irregular wear as it can be a sign that you need an alignment. Alignments and rotation both help to improve the wear of your tires and ensure that you’re staying ahead of problems.
Along with establishing inspection points for before each trip, keeping a bi-weekly inspection schedule can help you identify and treat issues before they escalate. For disc brakes check for signs of wear including cracks, guide pin, and trappet boots can tear or crack and allow moisture to enter. On drum brakes, the lining can crack if they are without dust shields. For both, ensure that there are no signs of overheating or dragging and uneven wear.
Keep An Eye On Electronics
Depending on the age and style of your rig there may not be many electronic components that you need to watch out for. That said, you should still be aware of what features you may have as they can be vital. Newer trucks may have features like forward sensing radar or collision mitigation technology; if so, these features should be aligned appropriately and cleaned to prevent interference.
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