In 2018 we saw class 8 truck sales break records. With the record number of new semi trucks on the roads, drivers will need to know how to care for them. Every fleet should have a process set up for new and old vehicles to get regular detailed servicing.
A good preventive maintenance program is paramount to keep fleets of semi trucks running in top form. In-between this type of scheduled service there are small things drivers can do to ensure the fleet stays in good working order. The drivers should not have to worry about a lot of detailed maintenance but, some simple vital things will help prevent problems.
Pre-trip and post-trip inspections should be the standard. Most semi truck sales are a large investment. Maintaining them is paramount to protecting this investment. Drivers get to know the trucks they operate very well when they work with them daily. This familiarity can lead the driver, if adequately trained, to catch a lot of small issues before they become a massive problem.
Checking the oil and keeping a daily monitor of its level should be a standard. Changing the oil regularly is one good keystone to maintaining the truck for longer. Checking the oil level in between changes can tell you if there is a leak or any other problems.
Keeping your brakes monitored. This upkeep should be a standard operating procedure as well. Checking brakes are much harder to do for a driver but, they do drive the truck daily. Keeping a log about any noises, squealing, or change in pressure can let you know there is a problem before the problem causes an accident.
Inspecting the tread on your tires is another thing that should be done daily before each trip. Keeping an eye for excess damage caused by road wear can prevent blowouts. Keeping a log of their wear can also indicate how the truck is holding up. Excess wear on one side or one tire can mean some problems need to be addressed by a mechanic.
Keeping an eye on the radiator is another critical point. Running the truck too hot can lead to massive damage. Only by monitoring the fluid levels and checking for leaks and possible damage, the driver can head off many problems before they cause this sort of excess damage. While checking the fluid level in the radiator drivers can also monitor fluid levels in other components. Washer fluid although not major can be an asset when you are operating a semi truck.
A semi truck has many moving parts that need to work together to ensure proper operation. Greasing some of these parts and making sure oil levels in others can help ensure that they all work together harmoniously. Keep parts well oil also reduces friction and that, in turn, will help fuel mileage. Everyone knows with fuel prices rising we need to keep trucks in top form t conserve what fuel they can. Maintaining an entire fleet of semi trucks can be difficult but, when each person does their part, it can be painless and safe.