On the Job Trucking; Taking Time for Maintenance and Repairs
Your truck is more than just a machine on wheels – it’s your travelling companion, your livelihood, and, most importantly, your source of transportation. It’s essential to keep your rig in the best shape possible, to make both the drive – and the delivery – a smooth and enjoyable process.
The tractor trailer – what to know and what to look for
No one knows your truck better than you do. It’s there when you wake up, it’s there when you go to sleep, and it’s always there when you’re on the road. Making sure that your tractor trailer is in fit shape begins with knowing what to look for if you suspect that something is wrong. When it comes to making sure your rig is in great shape, here’s what to do:
- Check your oil. A truck is a powerful machine capable of carrying incredibly heavy loads. That being said, a powerful machine needs a powerful engine, and a powerful engine always needs to be well-maintained. Check your engine’s oil before a long trip to make sure that it’s in proper driving condition.
- Check your radiator. Before any long trips, make sure that your radiator fluid is topped up, and also make sure that any leaks are addressed immediately. Don’t just look at the overflow bottle, as a poorly maintained radiator will quickly overheat, damaging your engine.
- Check your tire pressure. You should always get into the habit of checking your tire pressure before and after a long trip. While truck tires are designed to be able to travel long distances without losing pressure, different roads at different levels of disrepair can do a number on your tires. Tires with too much air can easily puncture, while tires with too little air can make steering far more difficult.
- Check your fuel vent. This applies to trucks that have not been in use for a few days or longer. Fuel vents are great places for insects to build nests. Before heading out, make sure to check the vent for anything that could cause a blockage.
- Check your brakes – often. Truck driving is a long-distance profession where your rig is constantly in motion. When you do need to stop, your brakes need to be able to bring your entire rig, including its load, to a complete halt. Always check your brakes before a job. Check your brakes after a job to prevent any hassle later on.
Looking for parts? Look no further
If you’re looking for parts to maintain your rig, we at 99 Truck Parts can help. With a selection of new, used, and rebuilt parts, we’ve got everything you need to make sure your rig is in great shape. We also repair clutches, differentials, drivelines, power take-off components, steering boxes, and steering components.