Trucking companies and independent owners have sizable investments in their semi-trucks. Expensive repairs can be avoided and the longevity of these capital assets can be extended with preventative tractor-trailer maintenance.
The average tractor-trailer costs between $140,000 and $175,000. For independent drivers, that cost represents their dreams of owning their own business and being their own boss. For companies, it’s also a very important investment critical to their profitability.
Preventive tractor-trailer maintenance can stop small problems from becoming big, expensive ones. Here are a few maintenance tips all tractor-trailer owners should follow:
- Check the oil – Before every long haul, be sure to check your oil. Also, check it at regular intervals. Inadequate supply of oil or dirty oil can cause damage to your engine. Lack of sufficient oil to cool the engine is a particularly dangerous risk. Taking the time to check and change oil can stave off a lot of problems. Also, if oil appears to be burning off too quickly, it may indicate a problem you need to fix right away.
- Park correctly on inclines – If your truck has dual fuel tanks, it will act as if it’s out of fuel if you park on an incline in a manner where one side of the vehicle is higher than the other. If you have to park on a hill or other incline, park so the slope runs from the front of the vehicle to its rear, instead of side to side.
- Frequently inspect your tires and brakes – Because big trucks have so much momentum behind them, stopping them is a big job. Make sure your truck stays safe by regularly checking the brakes and tires to ensure they’re working properly.
- Don’t forget the trailer – While a lot of your maintenance efforts will go into your truck, neglecting the trailer can also land you in hot water. Take the time to properly maintain your trailer tires and ensure they have adequate air. Inspect your suspension to ensure it is functioning properly. Also, check the brakes and the lighting.
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