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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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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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How Often Is Fleet Maintenance Diesel Service Needed?

How Often Is Fleet Maintenance Diesel Service Needed?

The diesel engines used in today’s commercial vehicles and semi-trucks are more complex, in part due to advances in technology. Computers, computer chips, electronics, and other such things are used to help provide better fuel efficiency, torque, and horsepower. As such, regular fleet maintenance diesel service is necessary to keep the engine running and operating correctly. Signs Diesel Service Is Required Diesel engines will provide several early warning signs diesel service is required now, not later. If you ignore these warning signs, you could be looking at a costlier diesel engine repair service. Noticeable Exhaust Smoke: If you see smoke coming out of the exhaust pipes, there is a problem that needs to be fixed. The color of the smoke can help pinpoint what is wrong. Let your diesel mechanic know what color smoke you saw ... read more

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9 Simple Summer Truck Maintenance and Care Tips

9 Simple Summer Truck Maintenance and Care Tips

The last thing you want to do is be sitting on the side of the road with a broken-down truck waiting for truck and trailer repair. To keep your truck rolling all summer long, it is important to stay current on your truck maintenance and care using these great tips. 1. Do a self-inspection before hitting the road. Take the time to do a full walk-around. Look at the tires and check for abnormal wear, low air levels, bulging “bubbles” on tire walls, disconnect cables, and so on. Carry a tire pressure gauge with you to do a check of air pressure if a tire looks low.   Look behind the tires and under the rig for fluids that may have leaked out of brake lines or the engine. Make sure to check cables, wires, and other connections on the back of the rig that connect to the trailer for signs of wear and damage. If you can spot a problem before driving, it can prevent a break-down later. 2. Chec ... read more

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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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