If you own a fleet of commercial trucks, then you know that keeping them in good condition can be challenging. As part of our commitment to improving your fleet maintenance experience, we’ve put together this comprehensive list of tips for maximizing efficiency and reducing downtime.
Regularly Check the Tire Pressure
- How often you should check the tire pressure:
- Every time you refuel your truck, or every 10-15 miles, whichever comes first.
- How to check the tire pressure:
- Remove the cap from each of your tires and place it aside in a safe place where it won’t get lost or damaged. You’ll need to put them back on later!
- Next, use a gauge (available for purchase at any auto parts store) to measure how much air is in each tire. If there is too much or too little air in any given tire then adjust accordingly using an air pump found at most service stations or mechanics’ shops near you.
If there is low pressure in one or more tires on your commercial vehicle fleet then take action immediately by adding more air until they reach their recommended level according to their manufacturer’s specifications listed on either side wall of their respective rims–keep track! This is the first thing taught in transportation of dangerous goods training. Don’t forget about safety too: High-pressure will cause damage over time so don’t overlook this detail either; always make sure that everything’s running smoothly before hitting those open roads again!
Replacing Your Tires
Tires are the only part of your truck that touches the road. They’re also the only part of your vehicle that can be replaced and repaired, so it’s important to maintain them properly.
You should inspect your tires for signs of wear or damage at least once a month, or after every 1,000 miles driven. If you notice any cracks in your treads, get them inspected by an expert immediately–you may need new tires soon!
Regularly Change Oil and Flush Coolant
- Change oil and filter
- Change coolant (every 24 months)
- Flush the transmission fluid (every 24 months)
Inspect the Engine Air Filter
- How to Check the Engine Air Filter
The engine air filter is a small, cylindrical piece of fabric that’s installed in your truck’s engine compartment. It filters out dust, dirt and other debris from the air that enters your engine. You can check it by opening up the hood of your truck and looking at a metal box on one side of your engine block–it’ll have “air filter” written on it in bold letters (or just look for this icon). If you see an old one in there, replace it immediately!
- How Often Should I Replace My Engine Air Filter?
You should change out this part every 10k miles or so depending on how dusty where you live is; if it gets dirty faster than usual then consider changing it sooner rather than later.* How Do I Clean My Engine Air Filter? You can clean off any grime from inside with some warm water mixed with dish soap or automotive cleaning solution.* What Is Its Purpose? It keeps dirt from entering into other internal components like spark plugs or fuel injectors which could cause damage over time if left unchecked.* When Should I Replace My Engine Air Filter? As long as there aren’t any leaks coming out anywhere else then usually once every 30k miles should be fine but check manufacturer recommendations first before deciding whether yours needs replacing now versus waiting another year until next time around when they might offer discounts during special promotions throughout different seasons throughout different years etc., etc., ad infinitum…
Have the Transmission Serviced
The transmission is the component that transmits power from your engine to the wheels, which is why it’s so important to have yours serviced regularly. If you don’t, you could experience problems like:
- Slipping gears
- Jerky shifting between gears
- High-pitched noises coming from under your hood when you accelerate or brake hard.
Replace Spark Plugs, Wiring, and Belts
Replacing spark plugs, wiring and belts is one of the most important maintenance tasks that a commercial truck owner can do. Not only do they help keep your truck running smoothly, they also extend its lifespan considerably.
Spark Plugs: The spark plugs should be replaced every 30-50 hours of driving time or annually (whichever comes first). You can tell when it’s time to replace them if your engine begins running rough or misfiring; this indicates that there’s too much carbon buildup on top of these components which makes it difficult for them to do their job efficiently.
Wiring: Wiring needs replacing every five years or 25,000 miles–whichever comes first–because it has been exposed over such long periods of time and will likely begin deteriorating due to heat caused by friction between moving parts inside engines during operation; this leads us back again into our discussion about how important proper maintenance is!
Belts: Belts need replacing every two years because they are constantly working under pressure from pulleys spinning against each other at high speeds…which means there could be damage occurring underneath where we can’t see unless someone inspects closely enough.”
Keep All Maintenance Records Handy
Keeping records is a critical part of maintaining a truck fleet. It’s important to have a record of all maintenance work, so that you can be sure that your trucks are safe and reliable. You should keep these records in a binder or folder for each truck, along with their maintenance schedule and history.
The best way to do this is by using an electronic service management system (ESMS). An ESMS allows you to track all kinds of information related to your fleet–from vehicle diagnostics and parts ordering, through scheduling appointments with service centers and tracking their progress on repairs–and then reports it back at the end of each day so that nothing falls through the cracks!
Having a well-maintained fleet of commercial trucks can make all the difference between profits and losses.
Having a well-maintained fleet of commercial trucks can make all the difference between profits and losses. Here are some tips for maintaining and servicing your commercial truck fleet:
- Regularly inspect the tires and wheels on all trucks. Replace them if they are worn, cracked or have excessive tread wear. You should also check for damaged rims or bent wheels before you drive off in any vehicle with suspect tires or wheels.
- Use only approved fuel filters on all diesel engines (and don’t forget to change them regularly). This will help prevent fuel contamination that can damage your engine’s performance over time. Additionally, always use an approved antifreeze additive such as ethylene glycol when operating at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 C). This will prevent freezing in cold weather conditions while also reducing corrosion inside the cooling system by preventing water from turning into ice crystals within it which would cause leaks if left untreated over time due to expansion/contraction during heating cycles caused by driving conditions outside normal weather range extremes such as extreme heat waves during summer months when temperatures exceed 90 F (32 C) regularly without air conditioning being used much less frequently than usual due
Having a well-maintained fleet of commercial trucks can make all the difference between profits and losses. And when it comes to maintenance and service, there’s no one better than us. We have years of experience in providing expert repairs and maintenance services for commercial vehicles, so let us help you keep your fleet running smoothly!