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Does Your Truck Need a Tune-Up? 5 Signs It’s Time

Does Your Truck Need a Tune-Up? 5 Signs It’s Time

A tune-up is an ambiguous service because it can mean something different for each driver, depending on who you ask. A tune-up is a maintenance service that involves a comprehensive inspection and specific tasks customized for each vehicle. During the inspection, an automotive technician visually inspects your vehicle’s essential components. The cabin filter and engine filter are checked to ensure they’re receiving an adequate amount of clean air. The fuel filter and fuel injectors are cleaned. A thorough inspection of the spark plugs takes place to ensure they’re properly firing. The actual tune-up process depends on the results from the visual inspection. During the tune-up, fluids can be topped off or flushed, and essential parts will be replaced. While tune-ups are a great way to boost performance and longevity, how do you know if you need one? Below are five ways to tell if it’s time to schedule a tune-up.  There’s a decrease in fuel economy.&nb ... read more

Why is My Truck Vibrating?

Why is My Truck Vibrating?

Whether your truck is old with high mileage or new, strange vibrations can occur. Unusual sounds, bumps, and vibrations are not normal but do not panic. If you notice irregular vehicle performance, reach out to your trusted truck expert for a thorough inspection and diagnosis. Most of these issues can be simple fixes that can get you back on the road in no time. If you’re riding along the highway and your vehicle begins to vibrate, below are three common reasons why: • Tire Problems  One of the most common reasons your truck may be vibrating is related to the tires. Check your tire pressure, especially during significant weather changes. Improperly inflated tires can cause your vehicle to drift and rattle. This is easily corrected by filling your tires to the correct pressure. Outside of tire pressure, it’s also essential to check the tire tread. If the tires are unevenly worn, there may ... read more

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Never Ignore These Top 6 Truck Maintenance Items

Never Ignore These Top 6 Truck Maintenance Items

Whether you are an owner-operator or drive for a commercial trucking company, maintaining your semi-truck or fleet ensures truck drivers will reach their destinations on time. When delays occur because of road-side breakdowns, it can result in lost business. Loads are not delivered and picked up on time. If this becomes a common occurrence, you could lose business as a result. Taking care of your semi-truck also helps you identify potential problems before they become major repairs. When minor truck preventive maintenance issues are addressed sooner than later, the amount of time your truck is down will also be less. What items should be on your truck maintenance list? Here’s our list of top maintenance items to never ignore: 1. Change the oil and oil filter frequently. It can be tempting to go by mileage—but don’t. Trucks can idle for long hours at a time, so oil and oil filter changes need ... read more

Fluid Leaks & How to Identify Them

Fluid Leaks & How to Identify Them

Most people only worry about their car if they notice a strange smell or hear a weird sound. However, leaks are usually the first visual indicators that signal that something may be wrong with your vehicle. Leaks are a phenomenon that most drivers will encounter at some point during the life of their car. Leaks should be taken seriously. Identifying and understanding leaks is an essential skill to have to prevent hazardous driving situations and costly repairs. Below is a small reference guide to help identify leaks beneath your vehicle.  Water The clear, odorless consistency of water is not hard to spot. Water leaks are typically found under a vehicle near the front passenger seat. Most water leaks occur from the air conditioning unit and usually aren’t a cause for much concern.  Engine Oil Engine oil leaks have a distinctive smell and are either light brown or dark black. The lighter the oil, the cleaner it is. If the leaked oil is light brown ... read more

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Pet Road Trip Tips

Pet Road Trip Tips

You and your family aren’t the only ones who’ve been locked away safely in your home - your pets have been too. Taking your cat or dog on a road trip can be a fun way to spend some quality time. By this point, your dog’s nose may be craving some unfamiliar territory to sniff around. Below are a few suggestions to make your road trip extra safe and pet friendly:  1.    No window surfing As cute as it is, it may be tempting to let your pet sit in the window and breeze through the wind, the dangers are just not worth the risk. Pets can fall out, jump out, or flying objects can pose a threat to their safety.  2.    Keep your pet restrained Find a comfortable harness or crate for your pet. If you’re worried about getting your seat’s damage, some companies sell seat covers to keep your car seats clean. 3.    Micro-chip This may be a great time to get your furry pal micro-chipped if you haven’t al ... read more