Winter can be a challenging season for truck drivers and trucking companies. To ensure the safety and reliability of your truck and trailers during the winter months, it's crucial to implement a comprehensive winter maintenance program.
Cold-Weather Care: A Guide to Maintenance for Trucks and Trailers in Winter
The harsh weather conditions, icy roads, and freezing temperatures in Ontario can take a toll on trucks and trailers, leading to breakdowns and accidents if not properly maintained. In this blog, we'll explore the essential winter maintenance tips for trucks and trailers.
Inspect and Maintain the Cooling System
As the temperatures drop, it's important to pay special attention to the cooling system of your trucks. Ensure that the coolant mixture is appropriate for cold weather and check for any leaks or damage. A well-maintained cooling system prevents the engine from freezing, which can lead to costly repairs.
Check the Battery
Cold weather is notorious for draining batteries quickly. Have your truck's batteries tested to ensure they are in good condition. Consider investing in high-quality, cold-weather-rated batteries to reduce the risk of being stranded with a dead battery.
Maintain Air System
It is important to change air dryer filters annually to reduce moisture in the air system, which helps avoid dangerous air brake situations. Moisture in the air system can lead to brake and air suspension issues related to contamination causing dangerous and costly downtime having it fixed.
Monitor Tire Condition
Proper tire maintenance is crucial during the winter. Check the tire tread depth and ensure it meets legal requirements. Properly inflated tires are also essential, as underinflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency and handling. Check out our, Tire Maintenance Tips for Winter here.
Maintain the Fuel System
During winter, it's important to use winter-grade diesel fuel that contains anti-gelling additives to prevent fuel from gelling in cold temperatures. Keep the fuel tanks as full as possible to minimize moisture buildup, which can lead to fuel system problems.
Inspect the Brakes
Well-functioning brakes are essential for safe winter driving. Inspect the brakes, including the brake pads, drums, and lines, for wear and damage. Ensure that the anti-lock braking system (ABS) is in good working order, as it can help prevent skidding on slippery roads. Contact us today to book your appointment.
Check the Lights and Electrical System
Visibility is reduced during winter, so it's critical to ensure all lights, including headlights, taillights, and turn signals, are working correctly. Clean off snow and ice from the lights regularly to maintain optimal visibility. Inspect the entire electrical system for any loose or damaged wires.
Lubricate Moving Parts
Cold temperatures can cause lubricants to thicken, leading to increased friction and wear on moving parts. Lubricate essential components such as the chassis, hinges, and door locks with winter-grade lubricants to ensure smooth operation.
Carry Emergency Supplies
Prepare for the unexpected by carrying an emergency kit in your truck. Include items like extra blankets, warm clothing, non-perishable food, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit. These supplies can be a lifeline if you get stranded in extreme winter conditions.