Transport Spring Maintenance
With the winter snow pretty much gone in our region, our sights are set on spring and summer, which are just around the corner. While most of our thoughts are on beaches, barbecues, and trips to our favourite swimming holes, for those of us who are driving truck, it's time to get our vehicles ready for the warmer weather. Maybe you're still new, or just want to make sure you aren't missing anything. Either way, here is our list of transport spring maintenance!
The "Small" Stuff
Winter weather takes a toll on a vehicle. We all know that. When you're doing a once-over on your truck, don't forget about the small but mighty pieces of your vehicle. Batteries, plugs, and wires all work overtime in the colder months, so make sure that they're in good working condition as they may need to be replaced or repaired.
Pro Tip: Check your hoses and belts while you're looking at your engine for signs of wear or cracking.
The cold weather of winter reduces your tire pressure, so now that the temperature is rising, check it now. This step is going to help you avoid excess wear on your tires, and also avoid wasting fuel.
The stopping power of your rig is very dependent on the shape of your brakes. A full review of your brake system, from the lines and hoses, to the parking brake, and fluids is a great idea to keep you safe all spring and summer.
Pro Tip: Be sure to check your suspension. Potholes, snow, and ice can all make your suspension work overtime, meaning you might need some repairs or replacement.
With cold weather, we sometimes have a tendency to avoid or put off checking fluid levels because, well, it's cold out. Make sure you take the time now to check your engine oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, coolant, windshield washer fluid, and brake fluid and top up or replace whatever needs help.
Pro Tip: Now is a great time to check your air filter. The engine air filter keeps dirt and debris out of your engine, allowing it to run smoothly. Check it, and if it's dirty, it's time to replace it.
Do you have questions about getting your truck ready for the warmer months? Or are you ready to start a career in truck driving? Let us know! We'd love to hear from you!