After this unpredictable winter that we’ve had in Maryland this year, it is important that we make sure our vehicles are in good shape. This is especially true for all of the truck drivers out there because they are on the road for so much longer than the average vehicle. You want to make sure your truck is in good shape for the upcoming spring season so here is a truck maintenance checklist to help you out!
Temperature changes can cause a fluctuation in the air pressure of your tires. That is why when it gets cold outside, your tire pressure light is known to show its face at some point or another. If your tires aren’t inflated correctly, it could cause long term damage to the wheels of your truck. It can also cause your fuel economy to decrease so make sure your tire pressure is where it needs to be!
Once warmer weather arrives, you need to check all parts of your brakes. This means the brake lines, hoses, and the fluid levels. In that snowy weather, you put those brakes to use a lot more to ensure that you are driving safely. This may be one of the most important aspects of truck maintenance because driving with faulty brakes can be a deadly mistake.
Batteries & Electrical Wires
Cold weather can really take a toll on your truck batteries and electrical wires. You want to check your truck’s wiring, plugs, and battery terminals for signs of possible damage. You may also want to test the strength of your battery to make sure it’s in good shape. If it’s not up to par, a replacement is probably best.
Hose & Belt
The cold weather can cause your hose and belts to degrade quicker than they normally would. Aside from the weather, simply consider how old your hose and belts are. A good rule of thumb is that if they are older than five years old, you should replace them.
Shocks & Struts
Traveling on icy, snowy roads can damage your truck’s shocks and struts. This is an important part of truck maintenance because you need to ensure that the cargo you are carrying will always be safe and there is no chance of it falling out of your truck. After a harsh winter, replacing your suspension system is a good idea.
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