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9 Simple Summer Truck Maintenance and Care Tips

9 Simple Summer Truck Maintenance and Care Tips

The last thing you want to do is be sitting on the side of the road with a broken-down truck waiting for truck and trailer repair. To keep your truck rolling all summer long, it is important to stay current on your truck maintenance and care using these great tips. 1. Do a self-inspection before hitting the road. Take the time to do a full walk-around. Look at the tires and check for abnormal wear, low air levels, bulging “bubbles” on tire walls, disconnect cables, and so on. Carry a tire pressure gauge with you to do a check of air pressure if a tire looks low.   Look behind the tires and under the rig for fluids that may have leaked out of brake lines or the engine. Make sure to check cables, wires, and other connections on the back of the rig that connect to the trailer for signs of wear and damage. If you can spot a problem before driving, it can prevent a break-down later. 2. Chec ... read more

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Less Regular Drivers May Mean More Commercial Drivers

Due to the pandemic, fewer miles are being driven in 2020. With fewer cars on the road, many dealers and mechanics will have fewer customers coming in for repairs, maintenance, and other after-market services meant to keep vehicles safe. Working from home has become a new norm that researchers predict will decrease driving in the U.S. by close to 270 billion miles a year. KPMG International conducted research that found this new remote culture that Covid-19 has created may not be going away anytime soon — potentially leaving some dire consequences for the auto industry.  In April, American drivers drove 64% fewer miles than average. KPMG forecasts that this decline in commutes will remove 14 million drivers off the road. This can result in a 10% permanent reduction in miles traveled each year with vehicle ownership declining to less than two cars per household. Most drivers purchase vehicles to commute to work and for shopping. If drivers no longer need to commute to work ... read more

‘Objects appear closer’ because it’s all about shape

All passenger vehicles have side mirrors with a safety warning engraved on them, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” When you turn and glance behind you, you notice an object in the mirror is definitely further away. However, your driver’s side mirror has no distortions at all. Why is this the case?  The mirror on the passenger side is not like the mirror in your bathroom.  The passenger side mirror has a convex mirror. A convex mirror has a curved surface that bulges towards you. This curvature in the mirror causes it to reflect light differently. When light is reflected in this manner, the image that is displayed is distorted. Convex mirrors help reduce drivers’ blind spots by presenting a wider field of vision. The driver’s side mirror is flat and depicts a more accurate view of what’s directly behind you with a narrow viewpoint.  While driver side mirrors show you objects around the same distance as your vehicle, the ... read more

Troubleshooting Tips to Help Diagnose Potential Truck Mechanical Problems

Troubleshooting Tips to Help Diagnose Potential Truck Mechanical Problems

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, truck drivers and trucks are on the road more than ever. Truckers are hauling essential supplies, food, medical supplies, and other things from one location to the next. Even non-essential items are being shipped by truck now that many states have started reopening. With trucks clocking more road hours, it is important to make sure you are keeping up on your fleet maintenance. We understand that it can be difficult, given that you need to keep your drivers on the road earning money. Yet, maintenance is essential to avoid costly truck repair bills later. Whether you are an owner-operator or drive a truck for a larger operation, it is worthwhile to review these troubleshooting tips that can help you diagnose potential truck mechanical problems before they become major repairs. Tip #1: Check for fluid leaks before hitting the road. Take the time to walk around the truck and look for oil ... read more

Diesel Truck and Fleet Warning Signs to Look Out For

Diesel Truck and Fleet Warning Signs to Look Out For

Truckers drive for hours on end and rack up hundreds of thousands of miles. Commercial truck maintenance is one of the most important parts of your job—especially if you run a fleet—but, still, problems can develop over time. Acting on warning signs can help you avoid painful breakdowns and delays. Gear Trouble If a gear sticks, the truck falls out of gear while driving, or the gears are grinding or shaking, have a diesel truck mechanic check it out. It’s not normal for gears to shift when you haven’t made any adjustments to them. Noise from the gearbox can be a sign of trouble as well. Dark Transmission Fluid While transmission fluid is usually bright red, darker fluid often means there’s a problem with the transmission system. The fluid should be checked from time to time. If you suspect something is off, you can tell a lot from how the fluid looks. Engine Noise ... read more