It has generally been noticed that customers ask several questions when it comes to the maintenance of their vehicles. Expenditure on maintenance is one of the highest vehicle expense categories, especially for vehicles like trucks. Having that in the notice, fleet maintenance cost control is a primary step to reduce total cost.
The commonly encountered questions regarding the maintenance of trucks, with their respective answers, are as follows:-
Q: Is regular maintenance important?
A: Yes, regular maintenance is strictly necessary for any type of vehicle. The simple reason for doing so is to increase the longevity of the trucks. By focusing on their maintenance, you can avoid bigger and more expensive car trouble in the future.
The vehicle manufacturers design a maintenance schedule according to every vehicle’s specific needs. It can be found in the owner’s manual.
By following the given schedule, chances that your truck will deliver optimal performance will rise manifolds. Regular maintenance will essentially help the truck parts last longer and avoid expenditure on expensive parts replacement. For instance, maintenance on simple parts like dirty filters, fluid changes, spark plugs, and fussy belts can lead to bigger problems like slipping gear shifts, engine failure, etc.
Q: Which are the commonly recommended maintenance items?
A: The following list has proven to be a good starting kit:-
- Coolant fluid exchange
- Transmission fluid exchange
- Filter replacement (air, cabin air, fuel)
- Axle fluid exchange
- Routine parts inspections
- Timing belt replacement
- Fluid inspections
- Spark plug replacement
- Tire rotations and alignments
All these recommended service intervals as well as inspections vary in model, make and functioning of the truck. So one needs to check the owner’s manual for the specific needs of their truck.
Q: Should you turn off your engine when stopped for extended periods?
A: You should definitely not leave your engine idling unnecessarily for more than a minute. It takes less fuel to start a truck than it takes to let it idle while waiting. If you are parked waiting for a little while, you should shut off the engine.
Q: How should one warm the engine before driving? Why is that necessary?
A: Fuel-injected engines should not idle for more than a minute before you drive. Fifteen to thirty seconds is essentially required in all seasons. An exception would be for a vehicle that is about to pull a heavy load, like a truck or trailer. In such a case, you need to allow the engine to idle for about five minutes so that the oil becomes adequately warm.
Regular maintenance is undoubtedly the best decision you can make for your truck. Think of it as a routine doctor visit for your beast.