Commercial Truck Inspection Tips that will help keep your truck running strong.

Everyone knows how important a company truck can be to a business. Keeping your truck on the road and minimizing downtime is critical, but taking it in to the shop for service isn’t always an option. Here’s a few things you can do on your own to make sure your commercial truck is running at peak performance between scheduled service appointments. Always make sure to wear protective clothing and eye wear and keep safety a priority.

  • Check your air filter: Pull out the air filter and inspect it. If you hold it up to the sun and can’t see light clearly through it, it definite;y needs to be changed. If you notice a good amount of dirt it is time to change your air filter.
  • Check brake fluid levels: Remove the brake fluid reservoir cap and inspect the level and the quality of your brake fluid. If it needs to be topped off, be sure to do so, Try not to over fill past the “FILL” line. Remember to replace the cap. Be sure to use the correct fluids when topping them off. (DOT 3, DOT 4, etc)
  • Check your battery terminals:  When inspecting your battery terminals, look for any chalky white dust or corrosion. If you choose to clean it yourself, be sure to wear gloves, protective clothing and  protective eye wear. A wire brush is often enough to do the trick. In addition, it’s a good idea to let your service technician know about it.
  • Check power steering fluid level: Find the power steering fluid reservoir on your truck and look for the accurate “FILL” level mark. If it’s low, add until you reach the “FILL” line and replace the cap.
  • Windshield washer fluid: Keep your windshield washer fluid clean and keep the reservoir full to ensure for better vision when driving. If it’s low, top it off just like any other fluid.
  • Check your coolant level: Water-cooled engines must remain at the appropriate temperatures to avoid damage. Keeping your coolant levels at the appropriate levels and free of debris is critical. Check this regularly to avoid serious damage to your engine. If you notice it is getting low regularly, take your truck in for service immediately.
  • Drive belt: If the drive belt gets dry rot and breaks, you may end up dealing with a blown engine. Keep belts in top condition. Always check for cracks, tears and dry rot. If you find any issues, change the belt right away.
  • Radiator hoses: The same goes for radiator hoses. The radiator hose should be relatively firm. If you notice that it’s soft or squishy, it may be time to change it. Be sure to allow your engine to cool before checking the radiator hose or performing any other inspections.
  • Wipers: Look for cracks and dry rot. If you notice streaking when your wipers are on, it’s time to change them. It’s easy to do and helps dramatically for better vision when on the road.
  • Air pressure: Your vehicle should have a decal somewhere inside the driver’s side door jam. This will tell you what the recommended tire pressure should be. If you can’t find it on the vehicle, it is also on the tires. Check the pressure with a good quality tire gauge and fill to recommended levels. Do not overfill! Don’t forget to check the spare tire. This is also very important for safety while out on the road.
  • Tire tread depth: Find out the recommended tire depth for your tires and check regularly. You can use  a tire depth gauge and check the depth in the middle of the tire. If the depth is lower than recommended, change the tires and make sure to get them balanced and aligned.

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