Hints and Tips
Obtaining Maximum Life from Your Truck - Ensuring that the
potential life of every truck is realised takes a little daily
care, as with any mechanical device, small problems picked up
during frequent checks can prevent major inconveniences on the
Oil and Fluid Leaks - New leaks are a pointer to potential
mechanical hazards. They can indicate something as basic as a plug
not tightened properly, or something as major as the breakdown of a
gasket or seal.
Engine and drive-line lubricants, and the various other fluids
used in a truck, are its lifeblood. If leaks aren't attended to, at
the very least, topping up will be more frequent and annoying. In a
worst case scenario, serious mechanical failure could develop.
Daily Checks - A daily check of vehicle functions and fluids is
a good habit that should never be dispensed with as it reinforces
the old saying that "prevention is better than cure". It must be
stressed that with operating any truck, routine checks should be
followed on a regular basis if you want to maintain
Daily Checks should include:
- Engine oil
- Brake fluid (for hydraulic brake systems)
- Coolant level
- Windscreen washer fluid
Regular checks should also include:
- Fuel filters
- Air filters
- Air Brake filter/dryers
Every operator should ensure that their diesel engine is
receiving the three basics things needed for long life and maximum
- Clean Oil!
- Clean Air!
- Clean Fuel!
Tyres - Check tyres regularly for inflation pressure,
cut tread and sidewalls and other visible signs of accidental
Under inflation is the number one cause of poor tyre performance
and reduced tyre life. Because tyre load capacity varies directly
with tyre inflation pressure, under inflated tyres can become
"under capacity" tyres, resulting in dangerous case and sidewall
damage and the potential of experiencing a blow-out.
Over inflation can be just a damaging, resulting in premature
tyre wear, and increased stress on suspension components, not to
mention a harsh and rougher ride quality.