Vehicles are bound to wear and tear, which is why it is prone to major breakdowns. Just like other moving and grinding machines, they require regular maintenance to maintain optimal performance on the road. For a new truck, the dealer provides a comprehensive manual that entails the frequency of maintenance and repairs for the model. Since you are likely to use the truck in different terrains, the manual may turn out be just a basic guide.
Here are some signs that your truck requires immediate maintenance and repair:
If you are driving on a worn-out engine, you may note different smoke colors with different colors indicating distinct issues on your engine. Industry professional Warner Truck Centers shares that a white smoke signifies a damaged cylinder head and gasket allowing water and the coolant to get into the combustion chamber. Further inspections on the oil level and coolant level determine the need to check the extent of damage to the cylinder head. The scope of harm may call for repair or replacement.
Your truck transmission system is as vital as the engine that generates power. With a majority of the vehicles riding on a manual transmission, you cannot afford to drive on slipping gears. The transmission oil needs to be clean as any dirt is likely to cause the slow change in gears. Dirt on the fluid is also likely to clog the system resulting in a broken engagement. If it happens, you need to check the level of the fluid and perhaps flush the dirt out.
If your truck’s suspension system is not working properly, your truckload may be limited. A faulty suspension is likely to expose your vehicle to potential accidents due to instability. If you observe uneven wearing of the tires, ending and greasy shocks or drifting when making turns, it might be the right time for you to repair the components.
These are some of the things that you need to keep in mind. Preventive maintenance lowers the cost of vehicle repair.