Summer is on the way; as the temperatures rise in Ontario and the road conditions change, it's crucial to ensure your truck and trailer are in prime condition. By performing some essential seasonal maintenance tasks, you can keep things running smoothly and safely throughout the summer months.
Hit the Road with Confidence: Your Ultimate Summer Truck and Trailer Maintenance Guide
In this blog, we'll explore the key maintenance steps you should take to prepare your truck and trailer for the Ontario summer season. Book your seasonal service appointment with Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair, as our highly trained technicians will ensure you are ready for the summer season.
The summer heat can put a strain on your truck's cooling system. Start by checking the coolant levels and inspecting the radiator and hoses for any signs of leakage or damage. Clean the radiator fins from dirt and debris to optimize heat dissipation. Consider flushing and replacing the coolant if it hasn't been done in a while. A properly functioning cooling system is crucial to prevent overheating during long drives or heavy towing.
Your tires are the only point of contact between your truck and trailer, and the road. Check the tire pressure regularly, as extreme temperatures can cause fluctuations. Underinflated tires increase the risk of blowouts and reduce fuel efficiency. Additionally, inspect the tire tread for wear and ensure proper alignment for even wear distribution. Contact Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair to rotate your tires to maximize their lifespan and our technicians will inspect and maintain your trailer's tires as well.
Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair is a proud Michelin® & Tirecraft® Tire Dealer, if you require new tires this summer season do not hesitate to contact us.
Hot weather can be tough on your truck's battery. Check the battery terminals for corrosion and clean them if necessary. If you bring your truck to Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair, our technicians will test the battery voltage and ensure it's within the manufacturer's recommended range. If the battery is more than three years old or showing signs of weakness, it's wise to replace it before you experience any issues while on the road.
Fluids and Filters:
Regular fluid checks and replacements are essential for the optimal performance of your truck and trailer. Inspect and top up the engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Additionally, check and replace the air filters to maintain proper airflow and prevent engine strain. Clean or replace the fuel filter to ensure a clean fuel supply for your truck's engine.
Safe braking is crucial, especially when hauling heavy loads or driving on steep roads. Inspect the brake pads and rotors for wear and replace them if necessary. Check the brake fluid level and ensure it's within the recommended range. If you notice any signs of brake system issues, such as squealing or grinding noises, vibrations, or reduced braking effectiveness, have your truck's brakes inspected by a Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair technician.
Exterior Cleaning and Maintenance:
Summer brings dust, bugs, and road debris that can accumulate on your truck's exterior and trailer. Regularly wash your truck and trailer to remove dirt and contaminants that can damage the paint and finish. Consider contacting us for a protective wax or sealant to shield the paint from UV rays and maintain a glossy appearance or for a full exterior and interior detailing.
Regular checks, fluid replacements, and proper upkeep will not only enhance performance but also contribute to longevity and safety.