Five Summer Truck Maintenance Tips

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Summer is approaching and for many of us, that means that the roads are getting busier and the sun is getting hotter. While it is important to prepare your truck for the winter weather conditions, it’s just as important to prepare your truck for the summer weather. Below are five summer truck maintenance tips to help you prepare.

 

1) Check Your Tire Pressure

Under-inflated or over-inflated tires not only can literally explode if they get too hot, but they also don’t perform well. In today’s environment, every mile per gallon matters and properly inflated tires help you and your fleet optimize your MPG.

 

2) Maintain Your Batteries

Typically, summer heat kills batteries 33% faster than winter cold causing more batteries to fail in the heat of July than in the cold of January. Heat speeds up the natural chemical processes that take place in lead acid batteries which will cause the battery’s electrolytes to evaporate. This increases the likelihood and severity of sulfation, which creates corrosion on the battery’s plates and robs a battery of its energy capacity.  Maintaining your batteries and your preventative maintenance checks are just as important in the summer as the winter.

 

3) Check Your Air Conditioner

Sitting in a sweltering truck isn’t much fun. This time of year is a great time to check your air conditioner for leaks in your valves and hoses. Any small changes now help keep your drivers comfortable, cool and happy as they drive this summer.

 

4) Replace Engine Belts

After this rough winter for the Northeast United States and Canada, our engines took a beating. Engine belts are often overlooked, but a simple check/replacement of these belts can save headaches and tow trucks in the coming months. Be sure to inspect your belts for cracks and other wear and tear to take preventative measures as we enter the summer months.

 

5) Check the Electrical System

With the complexity of these newer trucks, checking the electrical systems are becoming more important and more prevalent with fleets. Winter road chemicals can sometimes cause corrosion. Be sure to check the engine’s electronic control wiring and your battery cables and wiring to be sure they are not corroded or frayed and the connections are strong and protected.

 

These 5 summer truck maintenance tips can help prevent any breakdowns or dead batteries this summer. The more your trucks run, the more money you have the potential to make. Keep your equipment working for you and not you working on your equipment.

 

Thanks to truck-n-trailer.com and diversifiedtruckleasing.com for the help with the information in this article.

About This Author

Ryan is Vice President of Product Development and Marketing at Idle Smart. He holds a BS and MBA from Saint Louis University where he played baseball and was named Academic All-American by ESPN. He currently resides in Kansas City and is a big Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan.

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