13 Spring Fleet Maintenance Tips

13 Apr 2022

As spring comes into the horizon and the weather gets warmer, it’s important to start thinking about cleaning up your fleet and handling maintenance tasks before the summer months. Getting a head start on maintenance is always a good idea: it improves safety for your drivers, plus it keeps your vehicles in good working condition for longer. Below are 13 spring fleet maintenance tips to keep your fleet running smoothly into summer.

Get the oil changed

Check to see when the vehicles in your fleet got their last oil change and may need a new one.

Rotate and fill tires

In the cold of the winter, tires tend to deflate. So when the spring comes, it is a great time to fill your tires to the desired pressure. Also, rotate your tires on your trucks if they’re due, and while you’re doing that you can check the treads on them too.

 Inspect brakes

Check the brake pads and rotors to ensure that all of your brakes are in good working condition. If they’re not, make sure to replace them.

 Check batteries

Truck batteries usually work harder in the cold winter months compared with the warmer ones, making spring the best time to check all the batteries.

 Inspect shocks and struts

Shocks and struts provide a smoother, more enjoyable ride for the drivers along with keeping them safe along corners and on highways. Have a mechanic inspect all of your shocks and struts to make sure they are in good condition, and replace any that are not.

 Inspect lights

Check brake lights, running lights, and fog lights to make sure they are all working.

 Inspect hoses and belts

Hoses and belts can crack and fray over time, especially after a cold winter. Make sure to check all of them and replace any if needed.

 Adjust alignment and suspension

Alignment and suspension can suffer especially over winter months when trucks encounter winter debris and potholes on rough roads. Correcting any alignment and suspension problems will greatly improve the safety of your trucks and their drivers.

 Perform air conditioning and reefer maintenance

Maintaining your air conditioning in your vehicles and checking filters will keep your drivers happy when the hot weather hits in the summer. Also, making sure your reefer is maintained will ensure that products will be delivered at the correct temperature.

 Check and replace fluids

There are many different fluids that trucks need to operate properly. If you are unsure what your fleet requires, talk to a professional. However, the main ones are as follows:

Transmission fluid, differential fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and transfer case fluid.

 Replenish truck supplies

Make sure your fleet is outfitted with the supplies they may need on the road like a first aid kit, insurance, and vehicle registration.

 Wash and detail inside

Give your fleet a good wash! Nothing looks worse to customers than a fleet of dirty trucks. Even if you’ve properly maintained all of your vehicles, a good wash is a great final touch.

 Implement GPS fleet tracking

Lastly, if you haven’t already, outfit your fleet with GPS tracking. It will optimize your driver routes, monitor driver behavior, and even help you keep track of vehicle fleet maintenance so next year’s spring maintenance is that much easier!

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