SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS

Spring is here. It’s been a long cold winter and that takes a toll on trucks. Now is the perfect time to say “thank you” to your hard working truck with some much needed maintenance. An ounce of prevention can save big money on future breakdowns.

It’s especially important to check the following:

Batteries

After a winter with many cold morning starts, your truck’s batteries may need replacing. These parts work very hard when the temperatures dip. Wear and tear, through use, can compromise their performance. Test and replace weak or older batteries.

Belts and Hoses

Inspect and replace cracked or worn belts. Check and replace hoses that are soft, blistered, or brittle. Any hose or belt more than five years old should be replaced.

Engine Air Filter

Your engine needs to breathe too. New, clean air filters allow unrestricted air flow to your truck’s engine ensuring top notch performance and an overall longer life.

Suspension, Shocks, Struts, and Wheel Alignments

Potholes seem to be worse and more prevalent than ever before. Not only can crater size potholes lead to blown tires, they can also affect the entire alignment and suspension of your truck. An inspection can best determine if repairs are necessary and keep you safe and comfortable on the road.

Fluids

Dirty fluids or those running low, affect the performance of your truck and could lead to a breakdown when temperatures soar in the upcoming warmer months. Make certain to check them all: brake fluid, antifreeze or coolant, windshield washer fluid, engine oil, and transmission fluid.

Lights

Your lights keep you safe at night, in the rain, and in fog. Check that your truck’s headlights, body lights, tail lights, work lights, fog lights, and turn signals are working correctly and are properly aligned.

Tires

Check treads and sidewalls for any damage as well as tire pressure. Don’t forget about lift axles and spare tires that may not get much use, but can develop dry rot. Properly inflated and balanced tires wear longer and more evenly. Well cared for tires will increase fuel mileage, something especially important as fuel and gasoline prices continue to go up.

Contact our Service Department to schedule an appointment today.