According to the NHTSA Crash Report, there were 4317 fatal truck accidents during 2016. Many of these were avoidable.
Don’t let one of your fleet trucks add to the statistics for this year. Keeping up to date with routine truck maintenance is one way to make sure your trucks are safe on the road.
Another way is to keep a lookout for the tell-tale signs that it’s time for repairs.
Here’s how to know if one of your trucks is trying to tell you something.
1. Truck Maintenance Warning Lights are Flashing
If your check engine light is flashing it could be something minor. It could also be a sign that deep trouble is on the horizon.
There is no way to know exactly what the problem is by popping the hood and checking out the engine. Take the warning seriously.
Get a professional truck maintenance servicing to give your truck a thorough diagnostic once over. This simple step could save you from costly repairs or even a serious accident.
2. Braking Issues
Any change in the braking action of your truck should be treated as an emergency.
The telltale signs that your brakes could be about to fail are as follows:
- Odd noises such as grinding, screeching or squeaking when you apply the brakes
- Any vibration when you press the brakes
- A feeling of squishiness when you push the brake pedal down
- Pulling to one side when braking
If you notice any of the above symptoms, get your truck’s brakes checked out by a reputable repair shop. Your truck’s brakes are all that’s stopping you from having a serious accident.
3. Poor Performance
Is your truck using excessive fuel to perform its daily tasks? Is it putting in a lackluster performance? Chances are your air filters or oxygen sensors are packing up or your fuel system is clogged with dirt.
Stop starving and suffocating your vehicle. Get the problem checked out to prevent further damage to your engine.
If your truck is battling to start up it is time for a battery check.
4. Engine Noises
Knocking sounds in the engine means things have already gone too far. Your bearings could be giving up the ghost.
After that comes engine failure, so drive straight to your truck maintenance professional to get it checked out.
5. Colored Exhaust Smoke
Excessive plumes of exhaust smoke are a health hazard – for you and your truck.
Blue smoke indicates an oil leak, while white means the cooling system is not up to scratch.
Gusts of black smoke are a sure sign that your truck is burning way too much gasoline.
All of the above can mean the end of your engine. Get it checked out before it’s too late.
Here at PTC, we offer servicing on installed parts, collision repair, and the like. For routine truck maintenance, here are a few of our favorites:
Auto repair shop in Sherwood, Oregon
Address: 14085 SW Galbreath Dr, Sherwood, OR 97140
Phone: (503) 625-7447
Wallace Truck & Trailer Repair
Truck repair shop in Tualatin, Oregon
Address: 11085 SW Industrial Way # 4, Tualatin, OR 97062
Mark’s Quality Repair Services
Auto repair shop in Durham, Oregon
Address: 18211 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Tigard, OR 97224
The Long Haul
Besides protecting you from an accident, keeping your fleet in perfect working order can increase your ROI. This includes both internal and external upgrades.
Get in touch for advice on how to make your fleet the best it can be!