The last thing you want is to deal with a heavy duty vehicle that breaks down. An engine breakdown can occur for multiple reasons, and prevention is always the better option. The better you take care of your truck, the longer it will last.
1. Oil and Filter
Change the engine oil and filter as mentioned in the truck service manual. Usually, you are required to change the oil and filter after every 5,000 kilometers if you run many short trips or run the engine hard with a full payload.
2. Fuel Filter
Changing the fuel filter every 16,000 kilometers prevents dirt, dust, rust and other impurities from getting into the fuel system and damaging it.
3. Cooling System
Every two years, your cooling system should be flushed and refilled.
4. Transmission Fluid
Transmission fluid is vital so that your engine changes gears easily. After 25,000 kilometers, adding fresh transmission fluid protects the life of the transaxle and transmission components.
5. Windshield and Wiper Blades
Make it a habit to give your windshield a clean before you start the truck. Regular cleaning helps prevent a buildup of dust, dirt and grime on your windshield, plus, you don’t want to drive with a windshield that you can’t see through.
You are going to be using the wiper blades a lot during the winters resulting in wear and tear, so replace them every year.
6. Tire Pressure
Low tire pressure results in poor fuel economy. Carry a pressure gauge so that you accurately know the tire pressure and fill it when its low.
7. Ideal Engine
Keeping your engine on for a long time because you are stuck in a queue or traffic wears it down. Plus, it’s a waste of fuel. When you are aware that the truck is going to be in the same place for more than hour, switch off the engine.
While the air conditioning system feels good, it puts an extra load on your engine and consumes fuel. Use less of it, roll down your window and enjoy the fresh air.
The faster you drive, the harder you push your engine, the more the tires are worn, and the more fuel you consume. Frequent speeding up and slowing down wears your truck parts. Paced driving lets your engine run in a relaxed manner and you drive safe.
Park your truck in a garage whenever you can. A parking shed provides shelter to your truck protecting it from the environment. You avoid the problems caused by dampness, snow, rain and dust.
A truck is a mean and complex piece of machinery. Take care of it and it will take care of you.