Proper Tractor-Trailer Maintenance Guide

Truck drivers and cargo delivery companies have very important jobs. Without them, various products, supplies and goods will cease to exist in your home or business or on store shelves. But tractor-trailers require regular care and maintenance, just like all the cars you’ve ever owned. If you own a rig or fleet of commercial trucks, then the following guide is for you. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top semi trailer maintenance tips in Ocala, FL:

  • Check the oil: All fuel-powered vehicles with motors require clean oil to function properly and stay healthy. This task may seem simple, but not everyone checks their truck’s motor oil, let alone changes it on a schedule. Fresh oil is a crucial necessity for all types of engines—especially hard-working tractor-trailer engines. In-service tractor-trailers put on a lot of miles, much more than the average daily commuter car. It’s important to keep a close eye on the condition of your rig’s oil, as these vehicles produce all kinds of torque that can cause damage to engines.
  • Test the tire pressure: Your truck’s tires are the barriers between the vehicle and the surface of the road. Because it’s the tires’ job to get you, the cargo and itself safely to the pre-determined destination, every single tire needs to be in good condition—including being filled with the proper amount of air. With this in mind, check your truck’s tire pressure at least once a week. Add or remove air as needed, and make sure all the rubber is intact and free of damage. Pay extra attention to both the inboard and outboard wheels on every axle.
  • Check the fuel vent: If your truck hasn’t moved in a few days, be sure to check the fuel vent before heading out on your next delivery. Insects are known to build nests inside truck fuel vents, making it appear the truck is out of fuel.
  • Keep track of the air brake system: Daily drivers typically have hydraulic disc brakes, which is a different system from what you’ll find on your tractor-trailer. The air brake system on your rig is much more complex and powerful, because it’s heavier and needs the strength to stop. Also, check that your truck’s compressor is in good working order before long trips. Brake lines connecting the cabin to the axles and the brakes on the trailer itself should be checked as well.
  • Schedule regular truck service: Although you know the basics of semi truck maintenance, or you have a fleet manager on retainer, contact a professional mechanic to schedule important annual truck services. They will perform the basics as well as more complex services to ensure everything is working as it ought to be.

We hope that you find these semi trailer maintenance tips helpful. Take care of your rig and it will take care of you1 J & M Trailer and Truck Repair, Inc. in Ocala, FL is a certified Aurora Parts to Go dealer, so don’t hesitate to contact us for all your truck part needs.

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