Unfortunately, truck breakdowns are widespread. Even the most experienced truck drivers have to deal with breakdowns sometimes. While mechanical errors may cause some truck breakdowns, many of the most prevalent reasons for mishaps can be caught early and possibly prevented. Here are some common causes of truck breakdowns
Not regularly maintaining your truck is the number one cause of breakdowns. Regular inspections are crucial for identifying potential problems and fixing them before they do real damage. It helps to have a maintenance checklist ready and up to date for your truck at all times. Common maintenance procedures include:
- Checking tire pressure.
- Lubricating the engine.
- Changing the oil.
- Checking the electrical system for wiring issues.
- Monitoring fluid levels.
However, that is not an exhaustive list of maintenance needs. Having a mechanic that you trust to manage maintenance schedules will save you a lot of time and stress.
Your tires are one of the hardest working parts of your truck. They are the only thing separating you from the ground. Changing a flat tire on a semi-truck is not the same as changing a tire on a passenger vehicle. A flat tire can cause a serious breakdown and could leave you on the side of the road for hours. Tire failures can be caused by under inflation, low tread depth, or misaligned axles. Always make sure to have each of your tires inspected thoroughly before you get on the road, and keep an eye out for those issues.
Your truck has a wide variety of electrical systems that could fail at any time. These include navigation systems, lighting, the charging system, and the battery itself. All of these systems are crucial to the functioning of your truck and should be inspected regularly. Make sure to check your truck’s wires for any signs of fraying or damage.
Brake problems can lead to serious accidents if not addressed quickly. These problems can include contamination of the brakes, air leaks, and external corrosion. If you notice any of these issues with your brakes, it is vital to get your truck serviced immediately. Faulty brakes can lead to a breakdown or accident. It is also illegal to drive with malfunctioning brakes! Like all other components of your truck, you should inspect your brake system regularly.
Although it seems obvious, make sure you always have enough fuel in your truck to complete your route. Running out of fuel unexpectedly can leave you waiting on the side of the highway for road assistance.
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