As with any vehicle, semi and heavy duty trucks must be carefully maintained to prevent major repairs. Part of maintaining your vehicle involves periodic inspections to ensure that everything is working properly. You don’t have to be a mechanic, as there are several different inspections that anyone can do. Here are some semi-truck maintenance tips to keep in mind when inspecting your vehicle.
Section 396.11 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation requires drivers to complete a daily vehicle inspection report. This report should cover components such as:
Federal law also requires that any deficiencies be taken care of before you operate your rig. Fortunately, anyone can take care of the majority of these issues without any special tools or mechanical knowledge. Your truck should be equipped with an owner’s manual, or you can download one online. Maintenance manuals are also available for most models, and will provide more detailed information, including a maintenance schedule.
You will need to inspect certain other components on a regular basis, including:
These simple inspections will help your heavy duty truck last longer and operate with greater fuel efficiency. If you ever do find yourself in need of repair, please contact us.