How To Keep Your Truck In Good Shape

Making sure your truck sticks around for the long haul isn’t always easy.

A truck is a machine. Like any machine, it’s got a lifespan. For some equipment in a high-stress job or environment, that’s a lifespan measured in days. A truck will usually last years if taken care of properly, but not everyone knows how to do that.

Well, here are some vital things to remember when caring for your truck. Keep these in mind, and you’ll keep your vehicle running and prolonging its lifespan.

First off, you never want to miss an oil change.

Ford Motors recommends changing the oil every six months, for instance. Other manufacturers have their recommendations, either based on time or distance travelled. Changing your oil filter might also work if you have an older vehicle, accompanied by an oil change at the same time.

A related reminder is to make sure to pick the right oil.

There are dozens of oils out there, varieties that can help or hinder your performance. There are some that work best on increasing the life of older engines. Others have better results on newer models. Be sure to check the owner’s manual to find what is recommended or what matches.

Finally, double check before you buy the oil. Verify that the viscosity-index matches what is recommended. You don’t want to visit the same shop twice in one day because you got the wrong thing.

Take care of the mechanical components. Things, like rotating your tires or going to, can help with this.

You’ll want to get this done during the oil change since this provides the perfect chance. Rotating the tires helps ensure that the wear and damage are even, helping preserve the drivetrain. Proper alignment also helps this, putting the pressure on the wheels evenly.

If you don’t rotate the tires, the wear is uneven. In the best case, this just means you need to replace one tire before the others. In the worst case, you’ll have a rough ride and damage vital mechanical parts. Getting those fixed is much more expensive than some rotations.

Unbalanced tires also lead to vibrations on the road. These, in turn, cause wear on the suspension and the tires alike. Anytime that you need to patch up a tire or get it replaced, make sure you have the wheels aligned and balanced.

Check your lights. Don’t get complacent about them.

The lights should be checked thoroughly. This is both for the interior and the exterior. A dim light could be a sign of an electrical problem. A burned out light can be misleading or get you a substantial fine. Stock a few spare fuses in the glove compartment and have the mechanics check when you have an oil change.

Finally, keep your essential fluid levels up.

You’ll want to make sure the levels are at the minimum required, at least. This is true for engine oil and engine coolant, which is very important. Trucks generate a lot more heat than most other vehicles, after all.