Whether you have an in-house professional mechanic who executes commercial truck fleet maintenance, or you rely on an outside vehicle repair/maintenance service, the important thing is that you have regular maintenance done. To see to it that your team and your fleet can all work together safely and efficiently, well-maintained vehicles are of the utmost importance. Just one example would be the system responsible for braking. Every vehicle must have a properly functioning brake system. To other motorists and your drivers, serious injuries could be the result of brake failure, or the failure of other parts that should have been regularly maintained. Commercial truck fleet maintenance, however, can help businesses avoid these issues.
Fleets, Management, and Maintenance
No matter the size of your fleet, to make sure you have a collection of smoothly operating vehicles, fleet management is essential. Part of the role of fleet manager is seeing to it there is a schedule for regular maintenance and that the schedule is adhered to. To keep equipment working longer and help manage costs, managers will be well served by tracking fuel usage, maintenance schedules, vehicle condition, and fleet locations.
Safe vehicles stay on the road longer. Making sure the vehicles in your fleet are in good condition and operating properly means more reliability.
Plans for Fleet Maintenance
All routine servicing should be covered in your maintenance plan. Also covered will be normal wear and tear, as well as mechanical failures. When new vehicles are purchased, most come with a maintenance plan. Chances are, however, the vehicles in your fleet have outlived the manufacturer’s plan. That makes it even more important to stay on top of what will now be regularly scheduled maintenance courtesy of a carefully planned program.
If you’re not sure how often something should be checked, replaced, etc., contact a knowledgeable professional who is familiar with the types of vehicles in your fleet.
A Maintenance Checklist for Commercial Trucks
There are various types of checklists for different purposes. For example, a pre-trip checklist having to do with commercial truck maintenance involves checking the following:
- Electrical wiring and the entire electrical system
There is far more, however, to a preventative truck maintenance list. This can include checking the following:
- Auxiliary system
- Fluid leaks
- Seat structure and seatbelts
- Windshield wiper system
- Body, mirrors, and glass
- Interior and exterior lights
- Frame and undercarriage
- Exhaust system
- Wheels and rims
- Suspension and steering system
- Braking system
- Electrical system components
- Hoses and belts
- CV joints or driveshafts
- Transition and engine mounts
- Cooling system
- Fuel system
- Transmission fluid
- Oil and filter changes
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To make sure every truck in your fleet is always functioning properly, regular/scheduled maintenance is crucial. Few companies can afford downtime and regular maintenance can help lessen it. That’s going to mean a lot for your bottom line.
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