Routine maintenance used to be simple

Routine scheduled maintenance isn’t like it used to be; it used to be pretty simple!

Every 3,000 miles you changed your oil, checked all other fluid levels and lubed the chassis. As oils and technology improved, oil changes were extended out to 5,000 miles.

These days it is a whole different ballgame. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are pretty specific about what and when items require servicing. Factors like engine operating conditions, idle time, temperature and mileage are now taken into account. Many trucks now use oil life indicators to gauge percentage of remaining oil life based on inputs from the Electronic Control Module (ECM).

Mitchell 1 TruckSeries truck repair information takes the guesswork out of the process with Maintenance and Lubrication information. Look for maintenance schedules, recommended fluid and lubricants, engine oil & gear oil viscosity charts, lubrication charts and specifications  – they provide valuable information.

Engine oil viscosity charts provide OEM recommendations for oil usage based on temperature operating conditions for both single and multi-grade oils. This helps ensure correct viscosity is used as well as maintaining any OEM warranty requirements. Using the wrong viscosity oil or incorrect fluid application may cause severe engine or component damage.

Lubrication graphic charts provide valuable information indicating items requiring service, intervals, as well as types of fluid and/or grease required. Save yourself some time and take advantage of all the maintenance and service information TruckSeries provides. Nothing is more important to that truck owner than keeping these trucks on the road, properly serviced within warranty requirements and preventing costly breakdowns and downtime.

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About the Author

Bruce Cansler

Bruce Cansler started his automotive career in 1973 as a technician for Datsun. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Seabee Construction Mechanic with 20 active years of service and 10 as a reservist, then spent time working in Ford, Lexus and Caterpillar dealerships. Bruce has obtained ASE certifications in both cars and medium/heavy trucks and has worked with the Commercial Vehicle Group at Mitchell 1 since 2009.