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 road.
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 reliability.
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 efficiency:
- Clean Oil!
- Clean Air!
- Clean Fuel!
Tyres - Check tyres regularly for inflation pressure, cut tread and sidewalls and other visible signs of accidental damage.
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.