by Tony Roberts, Stowers Truck Service
The goal of a successful preventive maintenance program is to establish consistent practice designed to improve the performance of the truck equipment, and improve safety for everyone.
Moreover, the planned maintenance of your truck equipment will help extend your vehicle’s life and avoid unplanned maintenance activity, whether related to the engine or chassis.
A successful preventive maintenance program is dependent on the cooperation of all parties involved, which is why it’s so important to have your maintenance performed by a reliable service provider.
Preventive maintenance is more than just changing oil and filters! Such maintenance should be performed by a qualified technician with the training and understanding to troubleshoot possible issues that could be a problem down the road–or even a possible safety issue that could prevent an accident.
Also, a fleet owner or owner-operator who values successful preventive maintenance will understand the significance of pulling oil and coolant samples and keeping good records. Once several samples are taken and analyzed, you can see how the engine wear pattern is playing out, and a reliable service department will keep your records on hand for you to request at any time. Fluid is also checked for foreign materials that will be analyzed by a qualified technician to determine what area of the engine is starting to fail. This process can save the truck owner thousands of dollars.
Here are other important benefits of a good preventive maintenance program:
• Better conservation of assets and increased life expectancy of the truck engine, chassis and other parts.
• Decreased equipment downtime; pulling samples can help eliminate unexpected failures.
• Improved safety and quality conditions for everyone.