With the responsibility of transporting extremely heavy weights on long distances, trucks pose greater safety risks than cars. Whether you own a boom truck, a garbage truck or a truck wrecker, you need to make sure that it runs in top condition to ensure safety on the road.
With time, the machine will not run as it used to. Its parts will start to wear down and its optimal performance will start to decrease. To prevent this, all you need to do is maintain your high-mileage truck properly to keep it running smoothly. After you buy a truck wrecker, make sure to take proper care of it. Although everyone has own ways of maintaining a truck wrecker, here are few things to keep in mind.
Follow Manufacturer’s Recommendations – Greasing your truck wrecker is not just a weekly maintenance tip. It is mandatory. Truck wreckers have many parts that need to be oiled regularly, so you better create a plan and stick to it to keep your truck wrecker in a good working condition. Here are few commonly recommended intervals for changing liquids:
- Standard transmission every 1,000 hours;
- Automatic transmission every 500 hours;
- Engine oil every 250 hours;
- Power steering every 1,000 hours;
- Antifreeze every 1,000 hours;
- Hydraulic oil every 1,000 hours;
- Rear differentials every 600 hours.
If you are planning to buy a truck wrecker in used condition, it will probably come with no manual. If so, ask a reliable mechanic for regular maintenance tips for your exact truck model and make.
Routine Maintenance Is The Key – The driver operating the truck wrecker should follow the maintenance schedule and perform important daily inspections. Before his shift, the truck wrecker driver should inspect the truck for any possible defects that may have happened the day before. However, your driver is probably not a truck wrecker maintenance expert, so you should take your truck to a professional testing in order to avoid huge repair costs. Professional inspections should be performed monthly.
You Have The Main Responsibility – The responsibility of keeping the truck in top condition is owner’s responsibility. You need to make sure your staff is educated and skilled enough to perform maintenance and minor repair work on your truck(s). Therefore, contact the manufacturer of your truck wrecker and find out what you are required to do to keep your truck wrecker running most efficiently. Share the information with your employees and together create a maintenance schedule. Having your fleet operating at peak performance is the sure way to remain profitable.