Working in the heat can be tough, and with temperatures rising steadily during this time of year, it can be a challenge even for your work truck. Because we know how important your work truck is to your business, especially during the summer, your team here at Camco Wheel & Axle would like to offer a few tips to get your fleet ready for the summer.
Take heed of the following tips to keep your work truck or entire fleet functioning properly all summer long.
Truck Parts to Check During the Summer
1. Tires: With asphalt heat temperatures ranging from 120 to 150 degrees during the summertime, and with your team constantly on the road, tires tend to wear out much more quickly during this time of the year. That’s while you want to keep an eye on your tires’ tread and their pressure before long trips or when carrying an extra load.
a. Depending on the vehicle’s manufacturer, the tire pressure label can be found on the driver’s door or in the owner’s manual.
b. Remember the tire pressure should be checked when the vehicle is not in use for three hours or for less than a mile at moderate speed.
c. Don’t drive too fast or overload your truck. Lowering your speed while keeping your haul under control means better gas mileage and less strain on your tires.
If you need new tires for the season, the Pharr truck parts provider, Camco Wheel & Axle, has a wide in-house selection.
2. Oil and oil filter: An oil change and replacing necessary filters is something that doesn’t require much time, but which can mean a world of difference in keeping your work truck functioning right. Wile most owner’s manuals will recommend an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, with the blazing Rio Grande Valley heat, heavy cargo, or driving in rural areas on dirt roads, it is recommended to check your oil and filters much more frequently.
3. Belts and Hoses: These two items play a vital role in your vehicle and keep your engine functioning as it should. Common belts that need to be checked include:
a. Timing belt – should be replaced every 60,000 – 90,000 miles.
b. V-belt – should be replaced every 40,000 – 50,000 miles.
Hoses should be inspected during every oil change for leaks, cracks, discoloration or any other signs of wear. Changing the belts and hoses at the beginning of the season can help in the long run and help your truck from breaking down.
4. Air Filters: During the colder months, air filters have the chance of becoming clogged with debris or other items found on the streets and highways. As we move into the warmer months, you’ll want to make sure to change your air filter out in order to give your vehicle the ability to breathe during the dog days of summer. Vehicle manufacturers recommend changing air filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.
5. Wipers: In each season, wipers are constantly used to clean off rain and dirt; the frequent sun in Texas tends to crack out wipers and wear them out a little more quickly. If your wipers are leaving streaks on the windshield, it is time to get them replaced. While it may not seem so serious, wipers can be lifesavers during heavy rainfall.
6. Brake Pads and Shoes: Ignoring your brakes can be harmful for you and your vehicle. If you wait for a long period, they’ll eventually stop working and cause a domino effect that will affect the rest of the vehicle. At Camco Wheel & Axle in Pharr, we have brake assemblies.
7. Coolant and Radiator Fluid: While traveling the roads and highways, dirt and debris will collect and eventually make its way into your coolant, which could cause a break down. With summer here, the cooling system will have to work harder. As a preventive measure, check the owner’s manual to see what coolant the truck uses and make sure these fluids are topped off.
8. Inspect the Battery: Your battery is an essential component of your work truck that needs to be carefully monitored to ensure proper performance. Some wear and tear is expected throughout the years. In some cases, the terminals might be corroded, so a bottle of battery corrosion cleaner is a great item to have on hand.
9. Check the Fluids: While you are checking the oil, take some time to check the rest of the fluids, such as power steering, brake, transmission and windshield washer. Make this a routine as these fluids keep your work truck functioning smoothly.
10. Air Conditioning: Check your A/C to make sure it is functioning at full throttle to keep your team cool during these blazing summer months. If it’s not working up-to-par, get some maintenance done on it.
11. Safety Kits: A medical kit to store emergency items like ointments and band-aids is ideal for your workers. Consider having your fleet also stocked with flashlights, jumper cables, flares or warning triangles, and an empty gasoline container.