Many truck and trailer drivers are well aware of the significance of winterizing their rigs. However, fewer drivers prioritize the same level of care for their vehicles once winter comes to an end. Since winter driving can be particularly harsh on your rig (or personal truck), it’s advisable to invest in specialized truck maintenance in spring.

It could behoove you to make an appointment with your trusted auto technician as spring approaches. It’s a great way to ensure your vehicle is prepared to withstand the oncoming seasonal changes. Working with your automotive specialist, you can keep your rig/truck in optimal condition.

Here are some of the most common types of maintenance that you may want to enlist the services of a professional mechanic for at the start of the spring season.

Tire Pressure Check

Fluctuating temperatures can cause air to expand and contract. This leads to uneven tire pressure. Incorrectly inflated tires can result in long-term damage to your truck’s wheels and suspension. It’s also bad for fuel economy.

Check Your Brakes

Once the warm weather arrives, it is crucial to thoroughly inspect the following:

  • Brake lines
  • Hoses
  • Fluid levels

Neglecting to service your brakes adequately can have fatal consequences!

Batteries and Electrical Wires

Cold weather can wreak havoc on batteries and electrical wires. Be sure to examine your vehicle’s:

  • Wiring
  • Plugs
  • Battery terminals

Look for signs of corrosion. It may also be wise to test the strength of your battery and replace it if necessary.

Hose and Belt Inspection

Take a careful look at your vehicle’s hoses and belts. Do they look like they’re degrading? If so, it’s advisable to consider replacing them. Even if they look like they’re in good shape, take into account their age. Rubber components that are older than five years should be replaced.

Engine Air Filter

Particularly if you frequently drive through urban areas or congested highways, you may need to replace your engine filter more frequently than anticipated. Ensuring a steady supply of fresh air for your vehicle by replacing the engine air filter is critical.

Shocks and Struts

After enduring a winter of maneuvering bumpy and icy roads, it’s likely that your truck’s shocks and struts have suffered considerable damage. To maintain safety on the road for you, your cargo, and the drivers/pedestrians around you, visit a reputable provider of truck service to repair or replace your truck suspension system.

Why Is Truck Maintenance Such a Big Deal?

There are numerous reasons why maintaining your truck is of utmost importance. One aspect that may not immediately come to mind is safety. When your truck is in optimal condition, you, your passengers, and those around you (drivers and pedestrians) are safer. This is particularly true for components such as brakes, the horn, headlights, windshield wipers, tires, and more.

No one relishes the idea of carrying the responsibility for a personal injury accident.

Were You Involved in a Truck Accident Despite Proper Maintenance?

In a truck accident, it is important to act fast and file a claim. Timing is vital. Contact an attorney and preserve all relevant documents related to the truck, its maintenance, and the driver’s records. This is crucial!

If you find yourself involved in a truck accident, the most important step is to contact Corradino & Papa, LLC – our expert legal team. You can reach us at 973-574-1220 or use our online form to get in touch with a representative.

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