Friday, June 14, 2013

Check Trailer Hitches

In order to be considered a responsible truck owner, you need to regularly attend to your truck and perform various maintenance tasks. Some tasks, such as checking the windshield washer fluid and making sure all of your lights are in the proper working order, need to be performed as often as once a month. Others, however, can wait a little longer, generally around once every three months.
One thing you should do at least every three months or so is to check your vehicle’s transmission fluid levels. You can easily do this job yourself if you have the right know-how, or you can take it to a qualified mechanic. If fluid levels are low, fluid should be added. You can find the best fluid for your particular truck at Auto Truck Depot.

If you have trailer hitches installed on your truck, you should walk around and check the hitch periodically. Trailer hitches tend to be fairly stable, but there is always a chance that they could become partially or even fully detached from your vehicle. If you notice any signs of damage or wear, replace or repair your hitch before hauling any more cargo.

You should also check the exhaust pipe at least every three months. Look it over carefully for any signs of a hole or other damage. Generally, you’ll be alerted by strange noises if there’s a problem with your exhaust pipe, but this isn’t always the case, so be sure to give it more than just a passing glance and to fix problems promptly.

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