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Troubleshooting Tips to Help Diagnose Potential Truck Mechanical Problems

Troubleshooting Tips to Help Diagnose Potential Truck Mechanical Problems

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, truck drivers and trucks are on the road more than ever. Truckers are hauling essential supplies, food, medical supplies, and other things from one location to the next. Even non-essential items are being shipped by truck now that many states have started reopening. With trucks clocking more road hours, it is important to make sure you are keeping up on your fleet maintenance. We understand that it can be difficult, given that you need to keep your drivers on the road earning money. Yet, maintenance is essential to avoid costly truck repair bills later. Whether you are an owner-operator or drive a truck for a larger operation, it is worthwhile to review these troubleshooting tips that can help you diagnose potential truck mechanical problems before they become major repairs. Tip #1: Check for fluid leaks before hitting the road. Take the time to walk around the truck and look for oil ... read more

Diesel Truck and Fleet Warning Signs to Look Out For

Diesel Truck and Fleet Warning Signs to Look Out For

Truckers drive for hours on end and rack up hundreds of thousands of miles. Commercial truck maintenance is one of the most important parts of your job—especially if you run a fleet—but, still, problems can develop over time. Acting on warning signs can help you avoid painful breakdowns and delays. Gear Trouble If a gear sticks, the truck falls out of gear while driving, or the gears are grinding or shaking, have a diesel truck mechanic check it out. It’s not normal for gears to shift when you haven’t made any adjustments to them. Noise from the gearbox can be a sign of trouble as well. Dark Transmission Fluid While transmission fluid is usually bright red, darker fluid often means there’s a problem with the transmission system. The fluid should be checked from time to time. If you suspect something is off, you can tell a lot from how the fluid looks. Engine Noise ... read more

Truck Repair 101: 7 Bad Truck Smells You Should Never Ignore

Truck Repair 101: 7 Bad Truck Smells You Should Never Ignore

Your commercial vehicles require regular fleet maintenance to ensure they keep running and stay on the road. There are times when your drivers might report that they are noticing funny smells coming from their trucks. It is worth your time to investigate and find out whether there could be a bigger issue that could require truck repair service. 1. Diesel/Gas Fuel Diesel and gas smells are common when filling up and around the fuel tank. Yet, if they persist and linger, it often indicates there is a leak in the fuel line or a faulty fuel injector. You should have your mechanic check it out as soon as possible. A good indication of a Fuel problem is on a Diesel is excessive smoke, lack of power and a burning feeling in your eyes. 2. Burning Oil The smell of burning oil could occur if any oil is spilled when topping it off. It should not continue to smell for a long time. If it does, it means there is an oil leak somewhere that needs to be repaired. You also need to remember ... read more

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Top Causes for Winter Vehicle Breakdowns

Top Causes for Winter Vehicle Breakdowns

Keeping vehicles running throughout harsh winter conditions can prove stressful without the proper know-how. When temperatures drop precipitously, diesel fuel can gel, an engine’s moving parts can seize and even a vehicle’s tires can suffer. This article should help you to prevent a few of these kinds of catastrophes from occurring by explaining their exact causes in detail. Battery Failure Cold weather can prove especially taxing for your vehicle’s battery. Freezing temperatures affect your battery’s charging capacity, causing it to hold anywhere from 20 to 50 percent less of a charge depending on the chill’s intensity.1 Batteries caught in cold weather face more than mere charging challenges though; your engine’s oil is likely to have thickened from the cold as well. This leads to your battery being forced to supply large amounts of power for extended periods of time to crank your vehicle up. Both of the above effects add up to some serious st ... read more

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Most Important Items that Should Be on Your Diesel Truck Maintenance Checklist

Most Important Items that Should Be on Your Diesel Truck Maintenance Checklist

Whether you have a fleet of diesel vans and delivery trucks or a fleet of semi-trucks, it is vital to keep an accurate diesel truck maintenance checklist for each vehicle. If you are an owner-operator, while you won’t have a fleet of vehicles to manage, you, too, still need to maintain a maintenance checklist. Some of the most important items that should be on your maintenance checklist include: 1. Ensure you track your preventative maintenance mileage AND engine hours. For OTR drivers, tracking mileage is easy just by writing down what is on the dash display. However, you still need to track engine operating hours, especially if you find yourself stuck in stop-and-go traffic, have a PTO (Power Take Off), or are a local operator. 2. Make sure DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) system maintenance is on your checklist. DPF-related problems are caused by a lack of knowledge and understanding of the system, proper training ... read more

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