Performing regular preventative maintenance is one of the best things you can do to ensure your commercial truck remains in good condition and reduce the risk of breakdowns. At Rhino Truck Lube Centres, we offer a range of maintenance services, from oil changes to fluid top-ups and visual inspections.
Here are some of the top preventative maintenance tips to follow whether you have a single commercial vehicle or an entire fleet of trucks.
Check fluid levels.
Regularly check underhood fluids, including oil, coolant, power steering, brake, and transmission fluids. If there is a noticeable drop in levels between checks, it is a good indication that you have a leak or consumption problem. Catching and fixing such problems early on can prevent a small issue from becoming a major problem.
How often you need to change fluids will depend on the mileage you put on your truck, the loads you carry, and the type of driving you do. Follow your manufacturer’s guidelines when changing fluids.
Check your tires.
Ensuring your tires are at the proper pressure will help avoid uneven wear and maximize fuel economy. If you notice uneven wear even though the tires are pressurized properly, it could indicate a problem with the alignment or suspension.
Inspect your brakes.
When you’re on the road, you want to know that you will be able to stop your truck safely. Check your brakes regularly and replace them when they are showing minimum wear condition.
Check air filters.
When air filters get clogged with dirt and debris, it reduces the amount of air that reaches your engine. This, in turn, leads to less power and reduced fuel economy. Inspecting your air filters and changing them when necessary boosts fuel economy and helps your engine run more smoothly.
Do a battery load and electrical system test.
Once a year, it’s a good idea to do a battery load test and check your electrical system and alternator. This is especially important if you drive in colder climates to avoid charging problems.
Inspect the clutch and gearbox.
Between driving with heavy loads and having a high-torque engine, the gearbox and clutch of your truck get worked extremely hard. Regularly checking your gearbox and clutch to ensure they’re working properly can help you catch any issues early on. You also want to make sure that your clutch isn’t slipping, as this can reduce your fuel economy.
Drive into your local Rhino Truck and Lube Centre today! No appointment necessary.
At Rhino Truck Lube Centres, we offer a range of maintenance services to help you keep your truck running smoothly. Whether you require lubrication services, filtration services, visual inspections, etc., our trained technicians can spot potential problems early on so that you can address them before they become larger issues.
We also offer the Province of Nova Scotia Truck and Trailer MVI at our Rhino Dartmouth location.