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Maintenance Tips for Commercial Trucks

If you’re in the game of running a business that relies on commercial vehicles, you know just how crucial it is to keep those wheels turning smoothly. After all, every breakdown means lost time, money, and potentially a few strands of hair pulled out in frustration. Here are a few tips that’ll keep you and your fleet happily humming along.

Train and Educate Drivers

Your drivers play an important role in the upkeep of your commercial vehicles. Provide them with training on vehicle operation, maintenance procedures, and safety protocols. Encourage them to conduct pre-trip inspections to identify any visible issues such as tire damage, fluid leaks, or lighting malfunctions. Also, teach drivers proper loading techniques and the importance of reporting any mechanical issues immediately.

Invest in Quality Parts

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, quality should never be compromised. Choose genuine OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts or high-quality aftermarket alternatives that meet or exceed industry standards. Generic or inferior parts may seem like a cost-saving solution. However, in the long run they can lead to premature wear and tear, compatibility issues, and compromised performance. Investing in quality parts ensures reliability, durability, and optimal performance for your commercial vehicles.

Address Software and Electronics

Modern commercial vehicles are equipped with sophisticated electronic systems and onboard computers that require regular attention. Stay updated on software upgrades and ensure that electronic components such as sensors and control modules are functioning correctly. Conduct diagnostics tests to identify and fix any issues related to engine management, emissions control, or vehicle communication systems.

Monitor Fluid Levels

Proper fluid maintenance is essential for the smooth operation of commercial vehicles. Regularly check and replenish engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid as per manufacturer recommendations. You should also monitor the quality of fluids to ensure they are free from contaminants and degradation. Scheduled fluid analysis can help detect issues such as coolant contamination or fuel dilution early so you can get them fixed.

Houska Automotive’s team of ASE-certified technicians provide comprehensive commercial fleet maintenance. Whether you have a delivery van or a fleet of service vehicles, we can help you with the maintenance, repairs and management you need to stay on the road.

Keep on truckin’!

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