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During this lockdown, it is paramount for every truck-owner to take necessary steps for the upkeep of their trucks, while they remain parked and stationary for long periods of time. This will help in the prevention of vehicle breakdowns once the lockdown is lifted. An average Indian truck-owner invests anywhere between Rs.10-35 lacs on a truck – following a checklist of maintenance steps is the least one can do to keep this vital asset in working condition during these times.
As the lockdown is eased in parts of the country and different industries resume production, the surge in demand for logistics will be sudden and huge. We have written about this expected surge in an earlier article (https://help.wheelseye.com/en/posts/1141/). To keep your truck ready for serving this demand, we have prepared a short list of measures you can take:
Your truck might suffer from a flat battery if it remains off for a long time, since a standing truck might still consume battery. To prevent such consumption of battery, you could either:
- Take out the battery, or,
- Open the negative battery terminal to disconnect the battery from the chassis of your vehicle
To maintain battery life, you need to start the engine once every 7 to 14 days (depending upon your vehicle age / state). Every 7 to 14 days, reconnect the battery and keep the engine running for 10-15 mins.
While running the engine once every 7 to 14 days, it’s a good practice to also move the vehicle a short distance back and forth to prevent formation of flat spot on tyres.
Make sure that the fuel tank is not empty before parking your truck for a long time. There should be enough fuel to start the vehicle every 7 to 14 days for a battery recharge. Also, this will reduce chances of condensation in the fuel tank.
- Seal the Truck
It is important to keep your truck closed to ensure no dust enters the truck while it is parked. Remember that the air tank and diesel tank caps should be sealed as well.
It is advisable to release the handbrake when the vehicle is parked for a long time. You can use a wheel-chock to prevent the vehicle from moving while parked.
WheelsEye would suggest you to be in regular touch with your truck-dealer and truck-maintenance centres for availing any repair services during this time. They can also help you with best practices for keeping your truck in good condition. WheelsEye is also helping truck-owners access thousands of operational repair shops on Indian highways. Go to https://help.wheelseye.com/en/posts/1734/ for more information.
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