Truck Repairs: Common Issues and How to Avoid Them


As a long haul trucker, the open road poses the risk of a host of hazards when it comes to the performance of your vehicle. Between rough terrain and erratic weather conditions, it is likely that issues with your vehicle can crop up when least expected. Minor truck repairs will not leave you stranded. However, you need to know how to spot underlying problems with your vehicle to ensure that they are tended to before you are back on the road hauling freight. Below are a few of the common issues that necessitate truck repairs and how you can go about preventing their occurrence.

Truck tyres have blown

One of the biggest problems truckers will face on the road is a blown tyre. Your tyres will inevitably blow if you have been using them for kilometres on end without having them replaced. You will also find that your tyre treads become susceptible to stripping, which would make it difficult for you to drive your truck when wet weather rolls around. To avoid having to deal with a blown tyre on the road, take a moment to inspect the treads on a routine basis. Any signs of worn treads should alert you to have your tyres replaced. You should also have the tyres of your truck inflated, aligned and rotated on a scheduled basis.

Truck's radiator starts to malfunction

Another problem often faced by truckers on the road is their vehicles losing their ability to cool their engines down, which will most likely lead to your truck overheating. An overheated engine can be an inconvenience as it slows down your schedule since you will have to pull over and wait for it to cool down. However, this is not the only problem that is posed. If you continually ignore the warning signs of a malfunctioning radiator, you could end up with severely damaged engine components due to the substantial heat. As a result, you may find yourself needing roadside repairs or towing services. If you would like to transport your freight on schedule, it is essential to keep an eye on your radiator fluids. The coolant should be refilled on a routine basis, and the truck should be inspected for any undetected coolant leaks.

Truck's oil is leaking

If you are driving your vehicle with an undetected oil leak, it means that the engine is not receiving sufficient lubrication. The lack of lubrication causes an increase in friction within the engine components, and this will inevitably translate into a breakdown. Moreover, the leaking oil can damage engine parts by burning them. It is essential to monitor your truck's oil levels as well as have the fluid changed on a consistent basis to prevent engine oil trouble.

Make sure you schedule regular truck service to help keep it in good condition.


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