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30.11.2015 - 19:45

Five Things You Should Know About Semi-Truck Maintenance

Semi truck maintenance is important to for every truck on the road. It helps prevent costly repairs before they occur.

Anyone who drives a semi-truck understands that you develop a relationship with the vehicle. This is your office, and it's here you'll spend days, weeks, and months of your life. Therefore, it's crucial you are able to rely on your semi and rest assured you won't find yourself stuck on the side of the road while trying to meet a strict and important deadline. There are five things you should know about semi-truck maintenance to ensure you have the peace-of-mind you deserve as you face the highways and interstates of America.

 

Timing Belt                  

You put a lot of miles on your semi. Every 100,000 miles, it's strongly recommended to have your timing belt checked. Failure to do so can result in thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs later on down the road.

 

Water Pump

While you're having your timing belt checked, it's also a good idea to have your maintenance specialist take a look at your water pump. It takes minimal labor, and due to their close proximity, water pump issues are conveniently addressed as your timing belt is being taken care of. Since they both need changed every 100,000 miles, it's best to kill two birds with one stone.

 

Proper Alignment

Proper alignment is more important than many give it credit for. Aside from significantly increasing gas mileage, it can also increase the lifespan of your truck. A misaligned front end that adds ten percent drag will decrease tire life by ten percent, so having your alignment checked regularly is an investment that pays.

 

Going Beyond Oil

We understand the importance of regular oil changes. However, all too many neglect the other various fluids that are crucial to proper operation of your semi. Keep a notebook with the mileage and dates during which you check the various fluids:

 

Oil
Brake
Transmission
Power steering

 

It's recommended to change your oil every 3,000 miles and check the others listed every 50,000 miles.

 

When the Unexpected Happens
It's important to understand that even the most stringent maintenance schedule doesn't protect you from the unexpected. That's why companies like Arrow Truck Sales offer 24/7 Roadside Assistance. With this protection you are guaranteed a number of emergency services including:

Towing
Mobile mechanic
Tire delivery
Fuel delivery
Key replacement
Battery assistance
Oil, fluid, and water delivery

Your maintenance plan should include emergencies, so obtaining roadside assistance is a must.

In our highly industrialized world, the job performed by semi-truck drivers is crucial. Without them, we wouldn't have access to many of the necessities and wants in life. That's why the regular maintenance of your rig is so important. People rely on the service you provide. When you take the time to consider these five aspects of semi-truck maintenance, you can increase both your reliability as well as personal peace-of-mind in an industry where you truly have an impact on society.

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