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How to Keep Your Trucks Trucking Longer

by Charlie
on October 27, 2016

Are trucks a necessity for your business? Is endlessly having to repair or purchase a new truck having adverse effects on your bottom line?

As you well know, production can be slowed and delayed when your trucks aren’t functioning properly. Pouring money into the purchase of a new truck can be costly. Taking care of your vehicle from the very beginning can extend its life. It’s important to take the time to get your truck checked, cleaned, and maintained. Here are some of the many tips on how to prevent your vehicle from losing its value at an early stage:

Go clean or go home

Many people don’t realize that keeping your truck clean will increase its longevity. Regular washing and cleaning of your truck removes dirt, debris, and chemicals. Trash can also cause severe problems such as corrosion, cooling system complications, electrical problems and other serious implications that are costly to the life of the truck and your bottom line. And not only can dirt hide the wear and tear of your truck, but it can hide other signs of potentially severe issues.

Using the correct cleaning equipment will maintain the look and life time of your truck and is a worthwhile investment. Plus, ensuring a professional image for your business starts with the cleanliness and professional look of your fleet.

Using a pressure washer will give you better results, faster — and will save you money over time. In addition, cleanliness can be a powerful profit generator that will increase your productivity and improve your bottom line. If you want to think of it this way, there are seven benefits to CLEAN:

  1. Improves productivity
  2. Reduces
  3. Decreases driver turnover
  4. Improves your company’s brand image
  5. Increases safety
  6. Enhances regulatory compliance
  7. Increases vehicle life

Everything starts with CLEAN — and we own CLEAN. We can help you leverage its power in everything you do. When it comes to CLEAN and the pressure washing tools you need to harness its power, Hotsy Iowa is your best source. For more information on Hotsy Iowa and how our cleaning products and services can save you time and money, call us toll free at 1 (800) 798-8800.

Check fluid levels and monitor additives

Improper fluid and additive management can cause erosion in the cylinder liner, which can cause catastrophic engine failure, premature water pump replacement, seal issues and ultimately leads to downtime.

Change the oil and filters

Filtration and lubrication in the engine are key to preventing excessive wear and tear during operation of the truck. If not properly maintained, the lack of oil change can cause severe problems in the future.

Don’t underestimate lubrication

Just like the oil change, it is important to lubricate the other joints and moving parts of the equipment. In the battle for longevity, friction is the enemy.

Don’t tinker with the tech

Have your repairs and maintenance done by a reputable service with highly trained staff. It may be tempting to pop the hood and take a look at what’s causing the trouble, but if you’re not professionally trained, your tinkering will likely do more harm than help. Quality service providers may not have the lowest rates, but they’ll have greater value in the end. Getting your truck fixed properly and quickly the first time not only affects the product life cycle but saves your bottom line in the long run.

In Summary

There are many ways to keep your truck in tip top condition. As a business owner, your preference is to minimize any type of expense. However, it’s better to spend occasionally and strategically on proper maintenance, cleaning products, and equipment, than to spend triple the amount on the purchase of a new truck.