It’s not always easy to spring back from the harsh days of winter to warmer months ahead. From destructive de-icing chemicals to highway debris hidden underneath snow and ice, winter conditions can wreak havoc on trucks. Take the time now to give your rig some much needed treatment with the following must-do maintenance checks ahead of spring.
1. Test your batteries, check wires and connections
The unforgiving salt solutions used on highways during winter months can do serious damage to your electrical system. Their acidic nature will erode any exposed connections or wires in no time at all.
- Have your batteries tested and inspect the system for any exposed electrical connections, wires or butt connectors.
- Get any exposed components repaired immediately.
2. Inspect your brakes
As warmer weather approaches, you’ll want to check your entire brake system for any wear and tear, especially ahead of this year’s CVSA Roadcheck. This includes brake hoses, linings, slack adjusters and more.
- Listen for any air leaks that may have resulted from moisture in the system, which during winter often freezes up and can damage air valves and the air dryer.
- Check slack adjusters for proper stroke and lubrication, and check brake lining or pads to ensure proper thickness.
3. Check wheel alignment
The importance of spring wheel alignment can be summed up in one word—potholes. Sudden impact is a common reason for truck alignment being off, in addition to worn parts. Driving with incorrect wheel alignment can result in reduced performance, tread wear and steering issues.
4. Check and maintain tire pressure
Yes, we’re mentioning tire inflation again, because it’s that important! Underinflation is the number one cause of premature tire removal in the industry, and underinflated tires can result in blowouts, improper vehicle handling, irregular wear and poor fuel economy.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated based on the load you’re hauling.
5. Ensure fluids are at proper levels
Fluid is to trucks what blood is to the human body. Low fluid can be just as harmful as no fluid, and the damage they will cause to major components of your vehicle is unavoidable. While you should pay the most attention to engine oil levels and coolant, you should also pay attention not the following fluids after a long winter:
- Engine oil
- Power steering fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Differential fluid (rears)
Whether you need an oil change, alignment check, electrical systems check or tire replacement, the technicians at TA Truck Service are proud to take care of it and get you back on the road quickly and safely. Find a location near you or see what other services we offer.