Truck servicing is a sure way to increase the longevity of your truck and avoid expensive repairs. This article discusses a few tips and tricks to help you service your truck.
Understand Your Truck
Conduct some internet research or consult with your mechanic to know what problems the truck is likely to develop. Proper servicing can help prevent most truck problems. For instance, replacing the water pump gaskets and seals can prevent leakages that can cause overheating or an engine knock.
Work With Reputable Mechanics
As a rule, your vehicle should be serviced by mechanics experienced in the repair and maintenance of your truck. The mechanic will help you conduct preventive maintenance. For instance, they will inform you when to conduct critical servicing, such as replacing the fuel pump, timing belt and injectors. The mechanic will also train you how to conduct DIY truck servicing such as cleaning or replacing the air filter, replacing and lubricating the moving parts.
Consider Logbook Servicing
Once you purchase a new truck, the manufacturer will provide a logbook detailing when and how you should service the truck. Typically, logbook servicing is attached to the vehicle's warranty. As such, you could void the warranty if you do not conduct logbook servicing.
Unlike conventional servicing (replacing the engine oil, air and oil filter), logbook servicing aims at improving the longevity of the internal engine components. For instance, the manufacturer could require you to clean the fuel lines or replace the spark plugs or ignition coils at a specific mileage. Most truck owners will cease to conduct log book services once their warranty runs out. Unknown to them, the service can help them avoid chronic truck problems. For example, if you do not change the timing belt at the recommended mileage, you risk engine misfires. In worst-case scenarios, the engine could blow.
Use Genuine Spares
A manufacturer-accredited mechanic can help you source OEM spares. These spares come with a warranty and a life span. As such, you will get a replacement part if the one supplied develops defects. Besides, you are sure how long you should use the part. If you want to purchase used parts (say you are on a budget), ask the seller to provide the part history. For instance, inquire about the part mileage and whether the part has been refurbished. Additionally, inspect the part to ensure it does not have missing components or cracks.
Top truck servicing tips include: understanding your truck, working with reputable mechanics, conducting log book servicing and using genuine spares.