It’s that time of year again.  The snow is gone, and the weather is warming up with each day.  With Spring officially upon us, it’s a great time to think about some TLC for your semi-trailer.  We’ve compiled a list of what we consider the most important spring maintenance tips!

 

Inspect your battery, plugs and wires.  After a long winter of cold-starts and bad weather driving, checking the wear and tear on your battery, plugs and wires is a must.  Test and replace weak or old batteries, plugs and wires.

Inspect your brakes.  These are one of your most used components and it’s essential your brakes are in optimal working order.  Inspect your brake system including lines, hoses, parking brake and brake fluid for proper level.

Test suspension and wheel alignment.  Misalignment can cause a variety of issues, including irregular tire wear, fuel economy reduction, and vehicle vibration.

Check your tires and tire pressure.  Improper tire pressure leads to premature wear and a decrease in fuel mileage.  As you know, cold weather can reduce your tire pressure, so you want to make sure all tires are at the proper pressure.

Check your fluids and make sure they are all at proper levels.  These include engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant and windshield washer fluid.

Check Lights.  Make sure all lights including headlights and turn signals are properly working.  Spring weather brings out cyclists and critters and you want to make sure your visibility is not compromised.

Windshield wipers.  Make sure your wipers are up to the storms of spring and summer.  Winter can take it’s toll on wipers, so this is an important step you don’t want to miss.

Following the tips above and having your rig properly serviced after the winter season will help increase it’s longevity, improve safety, and optimize performance.  For Spring driving safety tips, please see our article here.

Whether you’re looking for an inspection, maintenance, or emergency repairs, you can count on Breadner Trailers.  We know that uptime is important, and regular scheduled maintenance and service is essential for the longevity of a trailer. Our efficient service department will make sure you are in top operational condition. A well-maintained fleet helps your business avoid any delivery disruptions due to breakage, and mitigates losses due to unexpected, and often costly repairs.  Give us a call today at 519-648-2273 or fill out our contact form.

 

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