If you are a truck of livestock trailer owner, it is your responsibility to ensure proper maintenance schedule for your commercial vehicle and/or your trailer. Without proper maintenance your truck and trailer will be prone to serious problems which can end up costing you lots of money in the future.
Although truck owners usually remember to perform maintenance on their trucks, according to livestock trailers Australia dealers, many overlook the importance of preventive maintenance when it comes to livestock trailers. Unfortunately, this is what shortens the service life of any commercial vehicle. Below is a list of simple maintenance tips provided by livestock trailers Australia dealers that will help keep your truck and trailer running at tip-top condition.
- When washing your truck and trailer, give preference to a hose instead of a pressure washer and use a liquid car wash soap dissolved in warm water. This will protect the finish and colour of your commercial vehicle.
- Make sure you clean the lights and the reflective surfaces of your truck and trailer. Also spray out the underside of the trailer with a hose as this is where all the dirt and dust hide.
- While washing your commercial vehicle, check for any signs of rust. In case you find any, use a steel wool to eliminate them. Once the truck and trailer are dry, touch up the rust spots with a special rust-proof paint.
- Test all lights separately. When turned on, lights should light up and should not flicker when the turn signal is on or when you press on the brakes.
- Before checking individual lights for problems, examine the wiring harness and connectors. Check the wires separately especially on loose areas to ensure that the insulation is intact. With a wire brush, clean out the pins and put some dielectric waterproof grease on the connector to help prevent moisture.
- Make sure the tires of your commercial vehicle are all properly inflated. By neglecting this you will be contributing to an earlier tire degradation which can lead to a blowout. Make sure you know the recommended pressure which is specified in livestock trailer owner’s manual.
- Before each use, check the tires to ensure they are roadworthy. Measure the depth of the tread. If the tread is not in compliance with state laws, it is time to get new tires.
- Grease all parts of truck and trailer before each trip, including ball hitch, tongue jack and ramp hinges.
Aside from these simple yet highly recommended maintenance tips, your commercial vehicle will need also a periodic preventive maintenance check up which should be performed by a livestock trailers Australia dealer service center or qualified mechanic. For more information on preventive maintenance check up, visit a local livestock trailer Australia dealer service center to meet an expert who will guide you through the process.