Truck maintenance differs from car maintenance in a couple of ways. However, for the most part, the maintenance tasks are the same. Both need the same type of tasks to maintain the efficiency of the engine and repair costs down. Owner’s manuals are essential in planning a truck maintenance schedule. Pertinent information can also be found on websites and in books.
Both a car and a truck need essential fluids to allow the engine and vehicle to run in top shape. Allowing fluids to decrease to low levels adds to the normal wear and tear. Because usually a truck is run at a more “rugged” level, it is important to check the fluids more often than the recommended once a month stated for cars. Oil, transmission, coolant, steering and brake fluids will run hotter since the truck is pushed to its limits during off-road adventures. Even trucks run in the city endure harsher conditions since they are called upon to haul trailers or boats or transport large items. Since these fluids run hotter, they will need to be replenished sooner. If a truck has a manual transmission, then the clutch reservoir fluid needs checking. The ball joints and U-joints also need lubrication and inspection.
Oil and air filters collect debris before it can enter the engine and cause damage. Debris sticks to moving parts and allows these parts to grind together, increasing wear and tear. If a truck is used in rugged, dirty terrain, such as off-roading, or in dirty places, such as construction sites, then these filters need to be replaced sooner than the 15,000 to 20,000 miles recommended. Dirty air filters will “choke” an engine, allowing little or no air for the combustion cycle to function efficiently.
Although cars need proper tire inflation for better control and safety, a truck needs proper inflation because of their added weight and the added weight of their cargo. Improper inflation can lead to a blow out, accident or uneven wear of the tires.
By maintaining your truck, you will extend its life and its usefulness for more years and mileage.