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Expenditure on maintenance including tires for an average fleet owner is roughly around 6-7%.
The government initiated lockdown led to a complete disruption of the logistic market. Fleet movement across the country came to a sudden halt. With relaxation in lockdown regulations, trucks that had been stranded for months, started moving again.
Implementing proper maintenance parameters can thus help you save costs by 40%?
Let’s discuss some preventative maintenance tips:
Annual Maintenance: Maintenance of engine, regular oil changes, battery, brakes, steering systems, mirrors & lights; all are a part of an annual maintenance contract.
More than 50% fleet owners do not have annual maintenance contract that can help them get free maintenance year long for a fixed amount.
Tires: 9% of accidents are caused due to poorly maintained tyres. Out-of-balance tires can cause some serious driver health problems. Underinflated tires can lead to unwanted costs.
- Maintaining proper air pressure with respect to load being carried is important. Also, tire condition and pressure should be checked before each trip and weekly in general.
- Tire alignment should be regularly checked. This includes checking irregular wear on tires, front axle toe-in angle and checking vehicle alignment after 30,000 to 40,000 km.
- Tires depth should be check at regular intervals and retreading tires can increase their overall life by 2.5 times at least
Lubrication: Proper greasing vehicle parts, especially kingpins and U-joints, can save from additional wear and tear.
Starting and Charging systems: Ensuring if batteries, starters, alterations, cables and connections are in working order can help you save costs. Remove, clean and load test the battery at every preventive maintenance session.
Brakes: Inspection of both brakes and brake strokes should be done. Inspection of air disc brake rotors, drum breaks, tappet boots and guide pin boots for cracks or tears is important.
- Check for signs of uneven wear.
- Make sure the pressure of air springs is even on both sides.
- Also, make sure nothing is coming in contact with suspension.
Exhaust systems and coolants: Regular cleaning of Diesel particulate filters (DPF) and regularly checking the condition of the coolant can help protect our engine from overheating or freezing.
Proper Driver Behaviour: No one knows better as to what is happening to a truck than its driver. Following parameters should be checked regularly by the driver:
- On-the road brake inspection.
- Screeching of brakes or a rough idling engine can cause jerks while driving.
- Regularly checking tires and tire pressure.
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