It’s important to stay on top of preventative maintenance for your fleet of commercial vehicles and trucks. A failure to do so could result in inefficient operation, or worse, some major losses due to preventable breakdowns and other problems.
Here’s a quick look at a few of the biggest signs your semi trucks could use some repair work:
- Warning lights: Do you have a check engine light that’s on, or other warning lights appearing on the dashboard? This is a pretty straightforward sign that something is wrong with your vehicle and you need to get it checked out as soon as possible. This isn’t something you can fix by pulling over to the side of the road and popping the hood. You’ll need to take the semi truck to a repair specialist as soon as possible to have a diagnostic scan performed to determine exactly what the problem is. Do not take the vehicle out for further work until you’ve resolved the issue.
- Inefficient operation: Does it feel like your vehicle is performing more poorly than normal? Inefficient operation is frequently a sign that you need to perform at least some basic vehicle maintenance. The problem could be something a simple as clogged filters or a dirty fuel system, but there are a variety of issues that can occur within a vehicle that result in increased fuel consumption and lower efficiency. Have your truck checked out by a pro so you can improve performance and save money on vehicle operation.
- Strange noises: Unusual sounds while driving should always be a trigger for you to check out your vehicle. Knocking sounds mean the problem could already be to the point where repairs will be expensive, and you could be getting close to the point of engine failure. But there are other sounds such as squealing or grinding that could indicate issues with worn brakes or other components. Whatever the sound, make sure you have a professional take a look as soon as possible and provide any necessary semi truck repair.
- Strange colors of exhaust: Exhaust smoke is typically gray. If you see strange colors emanating from your pipes, or excessive amounts of exhaust smoke, this could be both hazardous for your health and potentially indicative of problems within your vehicle. If the smoke has a blue tint, this is a sign of an oil leak. If the smoke is white, this indicates problems with the cooling system. Black smoke means you’re likely burning too much gas. All of these issues should be an alert for you to get the vehicle checked out as soon as possible before you experience engine failure.
- Brake issues: If you notice strange noises or vibrations while braking, this is a sign that you need to get your truck checked out as soon as possible. The brakes should feel responsive, rather than squishy, and you should never feel like you’re being pulled from side to side.
Steve Emken Trucking provides fleet repair and maintenance services. For more information about the telltale signs you need semi truck repair, contact our trucking company today.