Get Your Diesel Ready to Spring Into Summer
Summer time is fun time -- and it's right around the corner! To be sure your diesel truck is ready to hit the road, you'll need to do a little preventative maintenance this spring. Winter can be hard on all types of vehicles, from road salt that can cause corrosion or rust to fluid loss from temperature changes. Make sure you're not sidelined from good times by lack of pre-care for your diesel truck.
Not only is winter weather hard on your vehicle, but the type of driving that you do during the cold part of the year can also take a toll. Engines, brakes and tires, in particular, are stressed by the deep snowfall and severe conditions found in this part of the country. This is particularly important if your diesel is used as a service vehicle, such as a snow plow.
Keep these maintenance tasks in mind and be sure to schedule in advance so you're not left stranded.
- Your truck has to work even harder to get through icy deposits or snow, so a solid cleaning to remove salt deposits and cleaning the undercarriage are important first steps to take.
- A thorough battery inspection is critical. The use of grid heaters and glow plugs over the colder months of the year saps your batteries.
- Check vital cabin control items such as your air conditioner.
- Have your transmission professionally inspected, including topping off your transmission fluid.
- Axle and universal joints need to be inspected for wear and looseness.
- Check and replace air and fuel filters, lubricants and other liquids such as windshield washer fluid as needed.
Summer Road Ready
These few basic steps will keep your diesel truck in great condition all year long, and will even extend the overall life of your vehicle. Keeping these simple steps in mind will ensure that you're protecting your vehicle investment and make your spring and summer drives as much fun as possible without the stress of a potential breakdown. While this checklist is fairly comprehensive, there are additional points that you should review every time the seasons change. Changing your oil and getting an inspection of your brake lines and fuel systems are standard items to keep in mind as well. Finally, recent model diesels have a new type of unitized hubs, which have a shorter life than those produced in years past. Be sure to do a quick check of these hubs to keep things rolling.
Sure, these steps will take a little effort, but they can also help you keep your diesel truck on the road this year and out of the repair shop! Let Bodacious Diesel help you with your spring inspections, so you can get back out on the road and having fun in no time.