For many truck owners, their vehicle is required on a daily basis, either for work or leisure. Therefore, you need to make sure that you take the best care of it that you possibly can. A lot of this involves simple care and maintenance techniques that we are going to be discussing in more detail in this article. Get the basics right and your truck will reward you with years of loyal service. So, let’s dive in and discuss a few of these simple tricks and tips.
Don’t miss an oil change
Though this may seem like a particularly simple thing, the results can be disastrous if you don’t keep it up on a regular basis. A rough guide for trucks made after 2008 is to change the oil every 7,500 miles or six months. But for older trucks or ones that rack up the miles, this should be more often. Make sure that you pick the best oil based on the needs of your truck. Your owner’s manual will give you the information of which is best.
Rotate your tyres
Another basic maintenance task that is worth completing is to rotate the tyres. This will ensure that the wear is even on all sides. As a guideline, you should look to complete this task every time the oil needs to be changed. Tyre rotation helps to extend their lifespan, as well as making for a much smoother ride when you are driving. If there are any alignment issues, you can also spot these during this process.
Get the wheels aligned
If you start to notice that your truck is pulling to one side or another, there may be a wheel alignment issue here and you should go to a professional like www.ryanrepairs.com.au. You will increase the chances of these issues arising if you drive over rough terrain at high speeds or harshly accelerate and brake. There are a number of issues that arise from poor alignment including worse fuel economy, poor road handling and greater wear and tear issues.
Check the lights
Now it is time to check the lights to make sure they are working properly. Ideally, you should be aiming to do this on a monthly basis. Rather than just the main ones, check all the interior and exterior lights. If there are any that appear dim, this can indicate that your truck has some sort of electrical fault. Stock up your glove box with some spare fuses so you are always ready to change them when needed.
Top up your fluid levels
Of course, the most important fluid that you need to check is your engine oil. But you should ensure that it the engine is cool, so you get the most accurate reading possible. The next one you should check is the engine coolant which keeps your truck from overheating. Finally, the windshield washer fluid needs to be kept topped up.
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