If you depend on your truck, you can't afford to have it break down, especially when it's your work truck. Having your truck break down can put you out of work; that's why it's crucial that you spend time on the maintenance. You know to get the oil changed whenever the dashboard warning light illuminates. However, there are some maintenance issues that don't have dashboard warning lights. Unfortunately, that makes it difficult to keep on top of all the things that can go wrong with your truck. Here are three maintenance tips that will help you avoid mechanical troubles with your truck.
1. Keep Track of the Drive Belt
It can be easy to overlook the drive belt, and all the other belts for that matter. Unfortunately, a problem with the belts can spell disaster for your truck. To help avoid breakdowns associated with the drive belt or other belts, you've got to give them an occasional inspection. Open the hood of the truck and conduct a visual inspection of your belts about once a month. First, check the belts for signs of damage, such as cracking or separation. Second, press down on your belts to see how much give there is. If your belts appear to be damaged or loose, you need to have them checked out by a mechanic as soon as possible.
2. Monitor the Brake Pads
When it comes to your work truck, you need to know that it can stop on a dime. Unfortunately, it can't do that if the brake pads are worn. Brake pads that have outlived their usefulness will decrease the stopping power of your truck. Not only that, but once the damage gets too bad, they can dig deep gouges into the rotors. Once that happens, you'll be looking at costly brake repairs. To avoid that, you should monitor your brake pads for signs of wear and tear. Be sure to replace them at the first sign of damage.
3. Take Care of Hose Leaks Immediately
Leaking hoses are another issue that can stop your truck in its tracks, especially during the summer. Leaking hoses should be replaced as soon as they're identified. The best way to detect leaking hoses is to conduct a monthly inspection of them. Always check your driveway as you pull away. Hose leaks are easily identified by the puddles they leave behind. It's also a good idea to inspect your hoses about once a month. If you find a leak, even a small pinhole leak, you'll need to have the hose replaced immediately.
Don't take chances with your work truck. If you discover any of the issues described above, it's time to head to a mechanical shop like Roadside24, LLC.