As a business owner you know firsthand the importance of maintaining your trailer in top condition. From hauling cargo to transporting equipment, this vital tool needs regular maintenance to ensure its safety, efficiency, and reliability.
But what are the best practices for transport trailer maintenance? Here are five tips to keep in mind:
1. Follow a regular maintenance schedule. Just like a car, a semi-trailer requires regular maintenance to stay in top condition. This includes routine tasks such as checking and maintaining the trailer’s lights, suspension system, inspecting and replacing tires, and checking and maintaining brakes. By following a regular maintenance schedule, you can catch potential issues early and prevent costly breakdowns.
2. Clean and lubricate regularly. Transport trailers are exposed to a range of harsh conditions, including dirt, dust, and road grime. Regular cleaning and lubrication can help protect your trailer’s components and keep it running smoothly. This includes cleaning and lubricating moving parts such as hinges and bearings, as well as washing and waxing the exterior to protect against rust and corrosion.
3. Inspect and replace worn parts. Over time, components can wear out and become damaged, leading to reduced efficiency and increased risk of breakdowns. Regular inspection and replacement of worn parts can help prevent these issues and keep your things running smoothly. This includes checking and replacing tires, brakes, and other key components as needed.
4. Invest in quality components. High-quality components can make a big difference. From tires and brakes to bearings and hoses, using top-quality parts can help ensure reliability and reduce the risk of breakdowns.
5. Don’t forget the importance of lubricating all undercarriage components correctly. When selecting a grease, consider its thickening system, grade, and performance rating. Most greases are lithium complex-based, but some are calcium-based. It is important not to mix these two types of grease, as performance will suffer. Remember to add enough new grease to purge any old grease and any debris that may have accumulated. Old grease does not wear out, but debris can make it ineffective. Purging the old grease with new grease removes any dirt and ensures optimal performance.
By following these tips and maintaining your transport trailer regularly, you can keep it running smoothly and reduce the risk of breakdowns and other issues. Contact Breadner Trailers today to learn more about our services and how we can help you keep your trailer in top condition.