The fall season officially begins this week. For truck and trailer owners and operators, this season brings a set of unique challenges and maintenance requirements to ensure that your vehicles remain safe and reliable throughout the changing Ontario, Canada weather conditions.
Fall Check-Up: The Ultimate Guide to Truck & Trailer Maintenance
As the leaves change colour and the temperatures drop in Ontario, it's a clear sign that fall is here. In this blog, we'll explore some essential fall maintenance tips to help you prepare your trucks and trailers for the season.
1. Inspect Tires
As the roads become wetter and potentially icy, tire maintenance becomes crucial. Check the tire pressure and ensure it matches the manufacturer's recommendations. Worn-out tires can significantly reduce traction, especially on slippery roads, so examine the tread depth and replace tires that are too worn. Don't forget to check the spare tire as well.
2. Brake Inspection
Brakes are a vital safety component of any vehicle. Make sure to inspect your truck and trailer brakes thoroughly. Look for signs of wear on brake pads or shoes and ensure proper brake fluid levels. If you notice any issues, it's imperative to address them promptly to maintain optimal braking performance in adverse weather conditions. Have your truck's brakes inspected by a Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair technician today.
3. Lighting and Visibility
With shorter daylight hours, visibility is a concern during the fall. Inspect all exterior lights, including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights. Replace any burned-out bulbs or damaged lenses. Ensure that reflectors and reflective tape are in good condition to enhance visibility, especially during foggy or rainy weather.
4. Fluid Check
Check all truck fluids, including engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Top up or change fluids as needed to maintain proper levels and prevent engine overheating or freezing in colder temperatures. Don't forget to inspect the fuel system for leaks and address them promptly.
5. Heating and Defrosting Systems
As temperatures drop, the heating and defrosting systems of your truck become essential. Ensure that the cabin heater is functioning correctly, and there are no clogs or leaks in the heating system. Properly functioning defrosting systems are crucial for maintaining visibility on cold mornings in Ontario.
6. Battery Health
Cold weather can be harsh on batteries, making it essential to check the battery's health and charge. Clean battery terminals to ensure a good connection and consider load testing the battery to ensure it can handle the demands of the colder season. If your battery is old or showing signs of weakness, it may be a good idea to replace it before winter sets in.
7. Cargo Securement
For those transporting goods, fall maintenance also involves securing your cargo properly. Check your load restraints and cargo straps to ensure they are in good condition and capable of withstanding shifting loads during transport.
By following these essential maintenance tips, you'll not only extend the life of your truck but also contribute to safer roads for yourself and other motorists as you navigate the changing weather conditions of fall. We also suggest you invest in a proper fall detailing, which you can read more about here.