The facets of electrical maintenance can be confusing, but there are some key ways to tell whether it’s doing what it should. First, let’s break down how it all works. The overall goal is to keep electrons flowing to where they are needed in the appropriate voltage and current. In order for this to happen in the most effective way, wires cannot break or corrode.
Basic Electrical Truck Maintenance
In order for basic electrical maintenance to be done right skilled and knowledgeable techs who follow the correct procedure are necessary. However, most techs do not particularly enjoy basic battery maintenance, leading to them taking easy shortcuts. Often, you have to specify and make sure that they do that properly.
Don’t Leave All Electrical Truck Maintenance Up To Techs
While trained techs are key, there are certain things you should make sure they do every time, no ifs, ands, or buts. Whether or not to disconnect the cables, clean the connectors, and load the test batteries should not be left up to the technician’s discretion. This work should be done at every PM without exception to avoid any accidents.
Don’t Overlook Cable Routing
Cable routing is often overlooked at PM and this can cause significant issues. This should always be done as a part of pre-delivery inspection because manufacturers can often times get sloppy when it comes to tying off cables which can rub against metal components. This can lead to a fire, which can have potentially dangerous and tragic consequences. Even a minorly chafed cable can short out whatever it is connected to. This is the best case scenario. Worse case scenario is a fire. Inspection can uncover numerous potential fires before they happen, making it of the utmost importance, especially as these broken cables jiggle when the truck is in motion.
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