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​Spring Maintenance and Preparing for Last Minute Snow Storms

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March, 2019

 

Spring weather can be unpredictable, but regular maintenance checks can help you prepare your truck to handle anything, from a surprise snow storm to spring showers. Now is the perfect time to assess the impact winter has had on your truck in order to stay prepared for unexpected weather and to help avoid unnecessary downtime. 

Proper tire maintenance is essential to your safety, fuel economy and uptime. This is especially true during volatile weather conditions. Protect one of your biggest investments with routine tire checks and thorough pre-trip inspections. 

Check your inflation levels, tread depth and look for any visible damage or debris stuck in wheel components. Cold weather naturally causes tire PSI to drop; for every 10 degree change in air temperature, your tire pressure can change by one to three PSI. With the unpredictable air temperatures common in spring, it’s a crucial time to keep tabs on your tire pressure. Also look for steam or melted snow coming off wheel hubs, as this could indicate your wheel bearings are overheating. If necessary, give your tires a warm wash before inspecting them, as this can help you identify any potential warning signs of damage. 

Whether your next route takes you through snow, rain or sunshine, these pre-trip checks can help reveal any tire damage that may have been hiding beneath snow or debris. Periodic inspections may also reveal alignment wear on your tires. Stop into a TA Truck Service location to have your wheels inspected by one of our TIA-certified technicians if you discover alignment wear or other severe damage during one of your preventive checks. 

Winter can be tough on more than just your tires. Corrosion often occurs naturally over time, but major causes of corrosion are multiplied during winter. Acidic salt solutions are essential to keep our roadways safe, but they can also do significant damage to your truck’s electrical system. 

No matter where you’re headed, this is also a good time to evaluate the impact of cold temperatures and harsh chemicals on your truck’s electrical system. The acidic nature of highway de-icers will erode any exposed connections or wires on your truck in no time. These chemicals can also eat away at the frame, undercarriage and other exposed components on your truck. A quick way to test your electrical circuit is to turn on your lights and look for any dimly lit bulbs. If any lights are dim, it could be an indication of resistance in the circuit and you should have your system inspected by a professional technician. 

On top of corrosion from de-icing chemicals, your truck’s batteries are exhausted from working overtime during long, cold days. This places an even larger demand on your electrical system, which makes periodic alternator output and battery tests so important. It’s also a good practice to have your cables and connections tested to help detect corrosion or loose connections. 

Regular preventive maintenance checks can help you identify any existing issues that may have been caused or worsened by winter, and they can also help you prepare for the warmer days ahead. 

If you don’t feel comfortable completing these inspections yourself, stop into a TA Truck Service location near you to have one of our professional technicians take a look. In addition to electrical system inspections, battery performance inspections and advanced diagnostics tests, we also provide unique services such as aftertreatment maintenance, wheel alignment services and more at select sites across the country. 

Whether we’re diagnosing an engine fault or making sure your wheels are properly aligned, our goal is always to resolve any issues and get you back on road safely and on time. 

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