Your fleet goes through a lot. Rain or shine. Bitter cold or blistering hot.
But a fleet is only as good as the maintenance and care they receive. While their utility gives them the ability to perform the most difficult of jobs, at the same time, they are more prone to wear and tear.
But where can you take your fleet of commercial trucks for the maintenance and repairs they need to have a long life? Whether you need a truck upfit, van upfit, or any commercial truck repairs, look no further than the experts at Camco Wheel & Axle. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, we can give your vehicle the repair it needs to keep getting the job done.
If you considering getting maintenance work done on your vehicle, it is best to keep an eye on these components regarding your commercial truck.
Tires are the easiest – and most essential – part of a commercial truck to keep in good repair. But failing to take care of little problems can quickly turn into a bigger problem later.
- Don’t speed over the limit recommended by the tires’ manufacturers – high speeds and heavy loads are the fastest way to leave you stranded on the side of the road with a flat. The higher the speed is, the more the air pressure inside of the tire heats up, weakening the integrity of the sidewalls which can cause a blowout.
- Always maintain proper tire pressure – Tire pressure must remain at a perfect balance in order for the tire to perform in peak condition. Keep in mind the kind of weather the tires have been working in lately. Hot temperatures increase tire pressure while the cold lowers it. Overloading your commercial truck can also cause the tires to bend in unnatural ways—especially if they already have low tire pressure—affecting the sidewall of the tire and potentially causing tire failure.
- Keep those tires balanced and properly aligned – This ensures a smoother drive without that noticeable vibration if your tires are unbalanced. While keeping your tires balanced comes at a cost, it can ultimately save you more money as you won’t have to replace them so often. You also avoid having to replace other components of the driving system such as the rotor or cuffs.
Make sure your tires are kept in good repair to avoid downtime on the side of the road.
It is highly recommended that fleet managers issue brake inspections on a regular and consistent basis. The last thing you want is for your truck’s brakes to fail while in transit.
Be on the lookout for these particular issues that cause brake problems:
- Oil passing from the compressor
- Any air pressure leakage
- Brake system pressure and timing balance
- Reduced foundation brake performance
- External contamination and corrosion
- Internal water and contamination in air supply and control system
Ease your worries and reach out to us if you have experienced any of the above. Remember, a failure in the braking system can turn into a very dangerous situation out on the highway.
3. Electrical System
Whether it is the cranking, charging, and/or lighting system, the electrical system is another common problem that drivers face. Notably, most issues with the electrical system stem from the cranking and lighting systems.
Sometimes an inverter can offer comfort at an affordable price, but it can also leave you with a hunk of metal that won’t start. While drivers may need to wind down after a long day of driving, leaving their truck idle or engine shut off completely while using inverters can drink up a lot of battery juice, leaving them stranded in the morning if they aren’t careful.
If you are allowed to use an inverter, ensure that it is one that will not run indefinitely. Conservation is key. As for the battery, a truck that is spec’d with a low-voltage disconnect switch can sense the battery voltage and take the load offline when cranking voltage reaches a critical level.
As for the lighting, more and more fleets are ditching the old ways of incandescence and switching over to LEDs. Why? Because LEDs are way more efficient, safe, and convenient than ordinary incandescent lighting sources! Also, they don’t tax the electrical system as hard as incandescent lighting does.
If your fleet is a little outdated with incandescent lighting, come on in to Camco Wheel & Axle and invest in LED lighting. It will save you money on electrical repairs later.
4. Fuel System
If your fleet uses diesel or biodiesel, sludge and other heavy deposits can accumulate over time, clogging up the fuel filters and costing more in maintenance fees later on.
Another common problem with larger trucks, tractors, and other types of commercial trucks happens within the fuel tank. Water can build up inside of it, promoting microbial and/or fungal growth that can also clog the fuel filters, stifle vehicle performance, and cause storage tank corrosion.
Getting a regular checkup can eliminate this concern.
5. Cooling System
Overheating is up there in terms of leaving a driver stranded and the company down on revenue. Kind of seems like a given when an engine is capable of generating up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
The connections within the cooling system are usually the culprit. The more connections you have, the greater chances of a leak you have as well. Leaks within the hoses or connections need to be spotted and changed out. Always get your coolant system flushed every two years or around 30,000 miles. Some stores even supply a long life coolant that can be changed out at 50,000 miles.
An alert driver coupled with premium hoses, long life coolant, and clamps that are worth their salt is your best bet to keep on truckin’.
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