There are two types of truck maintenance – proactive and reactive.
The function of proactive maintenance is to avoid unscheduled breakdown maintenance.
Unscheduled breakdown maintenance can cost as much as 1,000-percent more than preventive maintenance, there’s time lost on the road, unwanted stress and it’s dangerous to be a sitting duck on the side of the road.
Much like building good commercial credit – scheduled maintenance requires foresight and organization. The old adage, “fail to plan, plan to fail” rings loudest for truck drivers and it’s the haulers that stay on top of maintenance that are typically the most successful.
Here is a semi-truck preventative maintenance checklist:
- Engine and oil filter
- Cooling system
- Tires, wheels, and rims
- Braking system
- Transmission fluid
- Fuel system
- Engine and transmission mounts
- Drive shaft or CV joints
- Belts and hoses
Keep records of oil and filter changes, belts and hose changes, tires and brakes, and check coolant system levels often. There’s a reason why some people have more problems than others and it’s unquestionably, preventative maintenance.