Spring Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Trucks Rolling

Before winter arrives, fleet managers and technicians know just how important it is to prepare their fleet for the challenging winter months and the harsh conditions it brings. Just as equally important to pre-winter maintenance is post-winter maintenance, or “spring maintenance.”

Even before the flowers fully bloom, spring maintenance addresses the winter-related stress factors that can wreak havoc on many truck systems.  Therefore,  spring maintenance  is critical to the safety of your vehicle, those around you, and you. To give your truck a good “spring in their step,” here are some areas to inspect for damage after winter operation:

  • Brake system components for debris, cracking, binding or loss of lubrication where required, and general wear
  • Door and window molding for collected debris, cracking or other damage
  • Door and body drain points
  • Tires for road damage and wear
  • Corrosion of metals from road conditions and chemicals
  • Punctures from corrosion in metals caused by moisture
  • Air system components for corrosion or damage
  • Engine oil, coolant, or fuel leaks
  • Transmission or axle oil leaks
  • Cabin air filter (Spring pollen blooms are coming)

Visual inspections are important as well. Make notes and record any changes in systems and materials that may occur during the spring maintenance procedures.

Using Mitchell1’s TruckSeries line of information, technicians or fleet managers can easily navigate to standard maintenance procedures as well as procedures beyond maintenance, including instructions on how to replace components that were damaged during the winter months. With TruckSeries by your side, you can be assured that your fleet will be prepared for the weather all year round!

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About the Author

Chris Manescu

Chris Manescu joined the Mitchell 1 Commercial Vehicle Group as a Technical Editor in 2010. Chris worked as an ASE certified repair technician for over 20 years after his service in the United States Marine Corps.