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Don’t get caught in the cold this winter season, prepare your rig with a winterization service and prevent you from having to search the internet for truck repair near Atlanta. We know the importance of being prepared, proactively maintaining your rig before winter sets in goes a long way to ensuring safety, reliability, fewer unexpected maintenance issues, and higher up time.
As the seasons begin to change, it’s important to have the destination in mind before hitting the road. This way you can prepare your truck to handle the weather challenges. Preventive actions such as changing to winter wiper blades, ensuring tires are properly inflated, and making sure that fuel has been blended correctly for the seasonal temperature, are simple but necessary measures for running your owner operator business efficiently during the winter conditions.
Here are a few more helpful tips we are going to provide you on keeping your semi truck and trailer up and running. In this article we will be focusing on batteries, fuel, the charging system, and the cooling system.
In addressing the batteries, make sure that the cables, the connections, and the corrosion is cleaned and well suited for this winter season.
Plan oil changes early on in these winter months to ensure that you’ve got the correct viscosity in your engine.
Examine the charging system, test the alternator, the alternator wires, and the alternator output to ensure maximum efficiency.
You also want to check your tire pressure and tire wear to ensure maximization as you are dredging through the harsh winter elements.
It is also extremely important to make sure that the steps and grab handles are clean, dry and not slippery. The last thing you need is a DOT violation, so keep those clean of snow and ice. Most importantly ensure that you are dressed warmly in self-wicking clothing. You must keep warm in the event of a breakdown or shutdown out on the road to prevent hypothermia.
In conclusion, winter weather can cause unpredictable driving situations and truck mechanical failures, even poor weather can cause unnecessary delays that will put you behind schedule. Be sure to check batteries, fuel, charging system, and the cooling system along with the other helpful tips we provided to keep your truck up and running and yourself safe. Do this as part of your truck preventative maintenance, talk to your truck repair shop manager to ensure you will be ready for this winter season.
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