Thursday, May 9, 2013

Reduce Wear and Tear on your Truck

Every truck owner knows, or should know, that there are certain truck maintenance tasks that should be performed at least once per month. These tasks are designed to keep your truck in good, working order and to prolong its life. Staying on top of them and doing so consistently helps you to be alerted to potential problems before they get out of hand and to enjoy your truck stress and worry-free.

Most modern trucks feature a “check engine light.” This light is designed to come on when a problem is suspected with your truck and to serve as an alert that assistance is needed. If you see this light come on, you’ll want to get it to your mechanic within the month. If the light flashes, however, this usually indicates a more serious problem that should be addressed right away—waiting for your monthly scheduled visit is not advised when you’ve got a flashing light!

It’s also a wise idea to have your truck’s tires checked out every month. You can even do this job yourself if you know what to look for. Simply walk around your truck and make sure that each tire is firm and has the right amount of air. If one or more of your tires is looking a little low, add more air. Once you’ve taken care of air, take a closer look to check for holes or other serious tire damage.

In addition to staying on top of your monthly maintenance tasks, you should consider adding helpful products, such as brake controllers to your truck. Brake controllers reduce wear and tear on your vehicle by helping you to come to a safer, smoother stop, even when you’re carrying cargo, and there are a host of other products there are just as helpful.

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