Maintenance for maximum results

The key for running a smooth business is making sure your equipment is always maintained and ready to fulfill customer orders. Whether it’s making sure your pizza ovens are always ready to pump out calzones or your landscaping tools are sharp and ready – preventative maintenance is critical. At Winter Hauling, we maintain a heavy-duty fleet of trucks that always need to be ready. Today, we offer quad-axle and tri-axle trucks that perform the majority of our hauling services. 

Maintenance for these vehicles can be complicated but without regular checks of the points below, you’re putting your business at risk:

5TH WHEEL: Grease when the plate changes from tacky grease to more of a solid.
BRAKE SHOES: Shoes usually have a recess on the edge of the shoe pad which is an indicator of brake pad wear. Once it wears down to this point, it’s time to replace the brake shoes.
DRAIN AIR TANKS: Even if there’s an air dryer it's good to install drain valves with pull cables if you don't already have them and give them a pull at least once a week.
CHASSIS GREASE: If you’re changing oil every 10,000 miles, this is usually when it is done
SLACK ADJUSTERS: Assuming they’re getting greased properly, they usually last a long time. If they won’t maintain the proper brand adjustment automatically, it’s time to replace them. 
SHOCK ABSORBERS: Steer shock absorbers should be replaced when you replace steer tires and drive shocks. If there is any leakage around the shock body, the absorbers needs replacement regardless of mileage. 
ENGINE OIL CHANGE: Like chassis grease, consider changing the oil every 10,000 miles as well. It's important to sample the oil every 10,000 miles to monitor for soot which makes for dirty oil and impede performance.
AIR BAGS: These should only be replaced if they’re leaking. 
STEERING TIRES: Many vehicles have ‘wear indicators’ in the tire tread but using a gauge, the limit on a steer tire is a tread depth of 4/32s. It’s recommended to check them daily and also run your hand across and around them to detect any irregular wear in the tread. 
DRIVE TIRES: Same as steering tires, check for any odd wear patterns and also check air pressure each week. Wear limits for drive tires are 2/32s and can expect to get 100,000-150-000 miles before having to change.
COOLANT: Always check the coolant regularly with a meter for proper concentration and conduct a chemical test at each oil change or service. Expect a new coolant change to last for 300,000 miles.
TRANSMISSION/REAR ENDS: Schedule service at 500,000 miles, especially when running synthetic oil.
RADIATOR HOSES: Inspect hoses for dry rot or cracking. Feel the hoses to see if they are still pliable and replace anything that appears swollen.
FUEL LINES: Expect to replace fuel lines at 500,000 miles.

While this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive, it does provide you with an idea of all that goes into maintaining our trucks. At Winter Hauling, we regularly service our equipment year round to ensure readiness for all of types of projects.