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Master the Summer: Essential Guide to Truck Maintenance

Master the Summer: Essential Guide to Truck Maintenance



The scorching heat of summer can wreak havoc on your vehicle, leading to costly repairs if it´s not properly prepared. To help you avoid these potential pitfalls, we´re sharing the following essential tips to safeguard your truck:


Tires: High temperatures can cause your tires to blow out, accelerate wear, and reduce grip. If you´re an interstate driver, it´s crucial to regularly check your tire pressure and tread depth, as your vehicle will be operating in extreme and variable temperatures. Be meticulous! Look for cracks, tears, and uneven tire wear, especially on the sidewalls.

Cooling System: Overheating is the most common cause of breakdowns during summer. Check your antifreeze concentration levels. If it´s diluted, it will work properly. We also recommend scheduling an engine flush. Remember to drain the antifreeze completely from your radiator at least once a year to avoid overheating, which could cause severe damage to your engine.

Air Conditioning System: It´s best to test your air conditioning at the beginning of summer. Inspect hoses and connections for leaks. Test the fan motor and listen for any strange or irregular sounds. Check your filters to ensure they´re not clogged.

Batteries: Heat is a leading cause of battery corrosion and sulfation. Corrosion buildup can lead to reduced battery voltage over time. Using a battery cleaner can help neutralize battery acid. Inspect and clean battery cables for signs of damage.

Oil and Filter Changes: Regular oil changes will reduce engine wear and protect against rust and corrosion in all climates. Hot and cold temperatures can speed up the thermal breakdown of oil, making it less effective as a lubricant.

Hoses and Belts: Summer is an excellent time to replace worn-out belts and hoses, which aren´t very expensive. Hoses, such as coolant and oil, carry essential fluids for your machine´s proper operation.

They are also necessary for other systems like air conditioning and power steering. Visually inspect hoses for signs of cracking and wear. Squeeze hoses near the ends—a spongy feel means it´s time to replace the coolant hoses.

A small investment could save you from severe engine damage that, in some cases, may not be worth repairing due to the high cost of engine repair or replacement.
 


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Autor: Juan Peña
Date: 5/2024


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