The extreme heat in the summertime can be as tough on your truck as the bleak winter climate and truckers will continue seeing these high temperatures throughout the month of September. Do you know if your truck is in good enough condition to beat the intense heat? Here are some tips we recommend to keep your truck cool and you driving efficiently for the rest of the summer:
- Check your tire pressure.
Tires do not perform well if they are under or over-inflated. It will eat up your fuel and, if they get hot enough, could explode off the rig.
- Do not forget about your battery.
There is a tendency not to worry as much about your truck starting in the summer as you would in the winter, but did you know that the hot weather is actually worse for your truck’s battery? Make certain the battery is always charged and the electrolyte levels are full, otherwise the heat can cause a weak battery to decline further.
- Monitor your air conditioner.
Whether your A/C is operable or not, your truck’s performance will be the same; but you won’t be comfortable if your A/C is leaking somewhere and you are miserable as a result. Check your Schrader valves and hoses for leaks and fix when necessary. Recharge the system if you need to.
- Replace your coolant and the hoses.
Frequently inspect the levels of coolant you have in your truck, while also making sure the hoses are all in good condition. It is important to know how old those hoses are because they will need to be replaced over time. You will also need to replace the coolant. These things are inexpensive and, in the long-run, invaluable considering the price you might pay if your truck breaks down long term in the future. Performing small, preventative maintenance on your truck now will save you time and money in the future.
- Do not overlook your engine belts.
Nobody ever gives engine belts a second thought, despite the fact that they continually keep going in circles. With all those completed cycles, there is an overwhelming amount of mileage on them. Take into account how the belts bend and tighten as they spin and the amount of corrosion caused over time[APSV1] . Check for any wear and tear and replace your belts before they fail; it is cheaper than replacing your entire engine. Have a nice trip
[APSV1]I Couldn´t check this part of the text in the original source, so I think you used another source, right?
In that case I think the corrosion in engine belts are caused by road splash and not the engine belts cause corrosion.
Because of that I replaced the sentence “corrosion that causes overtime” by “corrosion caused over time”