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  • Writer's pictureMegan Hammons

Season by Season: Equipment & Heavy Duty Truck Inspections Year-Round

Did you know that the season of the year can help dictate which inspections and checks you should be preforming on your heavy-duty trucks and equipment?

Seasonal inspections can help identify and address specific issues that may arise due to changing weather conditions and usage patterns. Here's a breakdown of seasonal inspections tailored to different times of the year:

Spring Inspections

  • Fluid Checks and Changes: Inspect all fluids, including engine oil, coolant, hydraulic fluid, and transmission fluid. Change fluids as needed to ensure optimal performance in warmer temperatures.

  • Cooling System Inspection: Check the radiator, hoses, and water pump for leaks, damage, or wear. Flush the cooling system and replace coolant if necessary to prevent overheating as temperatures rise.

  • Air Conditioning System Check: Test the air conditioning system to ensure it is functioning correctly and providing adequate cooling for operator comfort during warmer weather.

  • Tire Inspection: Check tire pressure, tread wear, and alignment. Rotate tires if needed and replace any worn-out tires to ensure safe operation on roadways and construction sites

  • Brake Inspection: Inspect brake pads, rotors, drums, and brake lines for wear and damage. Replace brake components as needed to maintain safe stopping distances.

Summer Inspections

  • HVAC System Maintenance: Clean or replace air filters, inspect ducts and vents, and check refrigerant levels in the HVAC system to ensure efficient cooling for operator comfort in hot weather.

  • Battery Inspection: Check the battery for corrosion, clean terminals, and test the charging system to ensure reliable starting in hot temperatures.

  • Engine Cooling System: Monitor engine temperatures and inspect cooling system components regularly to prevent overheating, especially during heavy use in hot weather conditions.

  • Dust and Debris Removal: Clean radiators, air intakes, and engine compartments to remove dust, dirt, and debris that can accumulate more quickly in dry, dusty conditions.

Fall Inspections

  • Fluid Checks and Changes: Inspect and change fluids as needed to prepare for cooler temperatures. Ensure proper viscosity for engine oil and other fluids to protect against cold weather starting issues.

  • Heater System Check: Test the heater system to ensure it is working correctly and providing adequate warmth for operator comfort in colder weather.

  • Electrical System Inspection: Check the battery, starter, alternator, and wiring for signs of wear or damage. Address any issues to prevent starting problems as temperatures drop.

  • Fuel System Inspection: Inspect fuel lines, filters, and tanks for leaks and damage. Ensure proper fuel stabilization to prevent fuel degradation in colder temperatures.

Winter Inspections

  • Cold Weather Starting Preparation: Check the engine block heater, glow plugs (if applicable), and battery to ensure reliable starting in cold weather conditions.

  • Tire Maintenance: Check tire pressure and tread depth. Consider switching to winter tires or installing tire chains for improved traction in snow and ice.

  • Emergency Equipment Inspection: Ensure that emergency equipment, such as flashlights, flares, and first aid kits, is stocked and in good condition to handle winter weather emergencies.

By performing seasonal inspections and maintenance tasks, you can keep trucks and heavy equipment operating safely and efficiently throughout the year, minimizing downtime and costly repairs.

Lost Pines Fleet & Equipment Services is a full-scale truck and diesel hub with heavy equipment extension. We specialize in maintaining fleets at your location and at our shop in Central Texas, and also offer mobile truck repair and remote/field repair and servicing. Schedule your preventative HVAC maintenance service today.

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