Providing preventative maintenance is a core concept of keeping any machine running and semi-trucks are no exception. A strong adherence to a preventative maintenance plan can reduce breakdowns between normal service and save your freight company tons of cash, not to mention a headache. Preventative maintenance can’t prevent all mechanical or electrical failures or issues, but it can catch problems before they become a bigger issue out on the open road. When a mechanical failure happens in the field it can lead to costly emergency towing and/or repair bills that will definitely exceed the minimal cost of preventative care.
Check List for Preventative Maintenance
The first step of preventative maintenance is coming up with a game plan and then implementing it on a normal schedule. It’s typically recommended that your preventative maintenance should be carried out every 5,000 to 15,000 miles, depending on the typical conditions of your driving environment. In establishing your preventative maintenance schedule, there are several systems that should be inspected during a typical preventative maintenance check, however, additional items may be required depending on equipment or circumstances.
Some of the primary categories that should be a normal part of your preventative maintenance checklist include:
- Power Train
- Air Brakes
- Steering Axle
- Auxiliary Equipment
- Electrical Systems
- Body and Chassis
- Tires and Wheels
- Coupling Devices
The Prefect Preventative Maintenance Plan
As a fleet manager, you want a standardized, easy to follow, preventative maintenance schedule that allows your semi-trucks on the road while also surviving inevitable maintenance crew turn over. Manufacturers can often provide preventative maintenance schedules, but they can be complex and difficult to understand or follow. Certified Diesel Solutions provides these necessary preventative maintenance services for owner/operators and fleet managers to save you both time and money.
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