Now that spring is upon us, it's time to do spring maintenance on your truck. These tips are to help you make your truck last longer and to make it safer to drive. Some of these items should be done every few months while some should be checked at least once per month. A few maintenance items should be done every few years, but should always be checked often. Here are some maintenance tasks you should check this spring.
Check your wipers every month for dry rot, cracking and tears, especially after the cold winter. Cold and hot temperatures wreck havoc on rubber, and you don't want to be caught in a heavy spring rain with wipers that have gone south forever.
Check the brakes at least every three months. If you hear the pads rubbing, have them changed immediately. What you hear is a metal tab scraping the rotors. If the tab scrapes the rotors too much, you'll end up having to replace the rotors. If you continue to ignore the problem, the pads could get so low that you could also damage the calipers.
Check the tire tread every month. You should be looking for even and uneven wear. You should have at least 2/32-inch of tread. If the tires are wearing unevenly, you could have an alignment issue or a problem with the suspension. Also, check for separated tires – you're looking for a bubble on the sidewall. If a tire is separated, it will cause the steering wheel to shake at about five mph. If the tires are not balanced properly, you'll notice the steering wheel will shake at 45 to 75 mph. Also, if you have winter tires on your vehicle, it's time to change them out for all-season tires.
Check the fluids every month, including the oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid and, if applicable, transmission fluid. If you haven't had the transmission or the radiator flushed, spring is a great time to do this. Check your owner's manual to see how often you should change the transmission fluid. You should flush the radiator and change the antifreeze every three to seven years, depending on the type of antifreeze you use.
The oil should be changed every 3,000 to 7,500 miles depending on the type of oil you use – synthetic or regular oil – and the manufacturer's recommendations. Some vehicles may call for one weight in the winter and a different weight in the warmer months.
Check and replace the air, cabin air and fuel filters as needed. Your owner's manual will tell you how often to change the fuel filters. The air filter and cabin air filters should be changed if they are dirty.
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If you are ready for another truck, visit us at Cambridge Truck to test drive any of the trucks we have on our lot. All trucks have had maintenance completed before they are put up for sale. Contact us with any questions you may have.