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Top Tips to Prevent Your Semi-Truck From Breaking Down

Semi-Truck Breakdown Prevention Middleton & Meads

The best way to prevent your semi-truck from breaking down is preventative maintenance.

The best way to prevent your semi-truck from breaking down is preventative maintenance. When you ensure that your trucks are reliable, it saves you a lot of costly repairs. Instead of spending a chunk of change to repair a blown engine, it’s best to catch small issues in their tracks before they lead to more significant problems. Here are five tips guiding you on how to achieve that. 

Always Look After Your Tires

Tire issues account for one of the top reasons that semi-trucks have breakdowns. Pre-trip inspections are vital. As you inspect your truck before taking on the highway, make sure to take your time to examine these two factors of your tires:

  1. Tire Wear: Look for damaged tread, cracks, and bald spots.
  2. Tire Pressure: Ensure your tires are not over or underinflated. If so, it negatively impacts the fuel economy and the lifespan of your tires. 

Ensure Your Brakes Are At Their Best

If your brakes are not in the best shape, you don’t have to be a mechanic. Fixing and repairing your trucks and finding the best solutions is our job. 

Monitor Your Battery, Wires, and Cables

Semi-trucks draw a lot of power, more than the average truck or car out on the road. For this reason, you need to check that your electrical systems are performing optimally. Keep corrosion from your wires and cables, as well as keeping them fastened securely. As far as batteries, keep them fully charged.

Keep Coolant and Oil in Order

If you want to stay on top and keep track of when your truck needs fluids serviced, it’s best always to keep track of maintenance records. If any of your semi-trucks have reached over 10,000 miles, bring them to us. We change the oil, oil filter, coolant level, and top-off, and many other services. 

Understand When It’s Time to Replace a Semi-Truck

If your trucks are costing you thousands of dollars in costly repairs, then it’s probably time to invest in new trucks. Even if, with preventative maintenance, your trucks keep shutting down, then it’s time to weigh the pros and cons while also comparing the costs of keeping your old semi-trucks versus replacing them. Even the best vehicle has its shelf life. 


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