Summer is the time for your truck to work. Whether the plans are summer projects or trips to the beach you want to be on top of proper truck care and maintenance. Make sure you are taking care of your truck with this quick guide to summer truck maintenance.
Changing the oil is an essential part of truck care. Refer to the owner’s manual to find out how often the oil should be changed. A good rule of thumb is every 3,000 miles. If you make frequent stops or long trips while towing a trailer then it is suggested you change the oil more often than what the owners manual recommends. Changing the oil makes a huge difference and is major step in preventative maintenance and truck care.
With the summer heat comes summer storms. Winter takes a toll on windshield wipers from all the salt, snow, and ice. Wipers provide safety and vision for the driver and passengers. When replacing the wipers replace the entire blade and not just the rubber part. Fill up on windshield wiper fluid as well.
Check the threads on the tires. If the threads are worn out on one side then it’s time to get an alignment. It is recommended that you get them rotated every 5,000 miles. If the threads are worn on both sides then it’s time for new tires. High temperatures cause the pressure in your tires to decrease. Proper tire pressure increases fuel mileage, allows for better handling, and reduces wear on the tires.
People usually relate dead batteries to wintertime but the truth is that batteries can fail year round. Summer heat can cause fluids in the battery to evaporate faster. Part of truck care is looking after your battery. Clean the battery by scraping corrosion away from the terminal and cable connections. Avoid contact with corrosion and battery acid and be sure to wear protective goggles if opening the battery. A battery may need to be replaced after 5 years.
Overheating can destroy an engine and can be responsible for engine failure.. It is important to know to never remove the cap of a radiator until the engine has cooled down. About every two years the cooling system should be flushed and refilled. Refer to the owner’s manual to see what coolant to use.
Belts and Hoses
Part of truck care is preventive maintenance, which solves many problems and saves you down the line. Checking the hoses and belts is very easy and inexpensive to fix. Left unchecked, hoses and belts can cause major problems. Look for the proper tension and alignment. Make sure to check the coolant hose as well. The coolant hose wears from the inside out, so squeeze the ends of the hose and if it feels spongy then it is time to replace it.
If you want more truck tips like these or information on our services, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We have been working with trucks and their drivers since 1974, and we have all of the answers and accessories you need. We also invite you to explore our other Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.