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Prevention is the Key to Keeping Vehicles Running Smoothly During Hot Summer Months

The scorching summer sun can take a toll on vehicles. From cars to trucks, from tractors to 18-wheelers, it can be difficult to keep even the toughest piece of equipment unscathed. Factor in the extra miles that are so common in the summer months and maintenance issues and breakdowns are bound to occur.

Like most things in life, however, prevention will go a long way toward preventing trouble for yourself on the road or in the field. If you are concerned about the prospect of summer maintenance issues, it is important that you closely monitor your vehicles to make sure you catch any problems before they leave you stranded. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

  1. Perform Daily Inspections: Be sure to check hydraulic fluid and coolant every day to make sure they are topped off. Check the radiator cap for proper check operation and relief pressure. You also need to inspect your tires and tire pressure as well as confirming that the air conditioning is functioning properly.
  2. Clear Debris: Always keep radiators and cooling packages clear of debris. In addition, all inlets and outlets of the engine hood need to be debris-free to maximize airflow through the coolers. Failing to do so means that debris such as mud will bake to a solid form and become difficult to remove. Any debris that is found should be cleaned daily using compressed air. 
  3. Don’t Overdo It. While there is a lot to be accomplished in the summer months, overworking your vehicles can lead to overheating and vehicle breakdowns. To avoid damaging turbos, always let machinery idle before shutting down. 
  4. Park Properly. When you are not using a vehicle, it needs to be parked in a dry shelter area out of direct sunlight. Sheltered vehicles also are less likely to get wet and rust.
  5. Make Use of Your Service Department. If your vehicle seems to be running hot, make sure you get it serviced and have the thermostat’s opening temperature checked.

The summer months are busy but you must always make time to check that your vehicle is running properly. Failing to do so can lead to serious maintenance issues and even breakdowns—leading to downtime you cannot afford.

 

Posted By: ACE RADIATORS

Posted on: 06/25/2018
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