Spring Clean-up Tips for Chevrolet C7500 Kodiak
The Chevrolet C7500 Kodiak was one among the second generation releases of General Motors (GM) under the Chevrolet Kodiak nameplate first used for the medium-duty truck segment. It was a redesign made in 1990 due to GM's consolidation of its multiple large truck lines, C/K medium trucks and first generation Chevrolet Kodiak into one product line. The term C7500 didn't come about until 1995 when the need to align the medium-duty trucks with the C/K naming system surfaced. Chevrolet C7500 Kodiak was available in 2-door and 4-door body styles and was made notable by its rugged features, roomier cab space, outstanding maneuverability, and excellent external visibility via its vast windows and low-profile aerodynamic hood. Power was provided by 8.1L V8 gas engine, the highest-displacement ever from Chevrolet, and by Caterpillar 3116 and 3126 diesel engines. Continue to work with your medium- heavy muscle Chevrolet C7500 Kodiak truck after the harsh winter months with these spring clean-up tips.
- Top up with Diesel Emissions Fluid (DEF).
The monitoring of Diesel Emissions Fluid (DEF) must not be something new for your truck's daily care maintenance. But with the towing season that comes with winter, the usual quantity usage of the DEF rises up tremendously due to transport of heavy trailers and towing boats. So before you head out for a long-awaited summer tour, check and ensure the DEF tank is filled adequately and topped up.
- Don't leave out the undercarriage.
The undercarriage of your truck may be most overlooked during the spring clean-up since it is not seen everyday. As you strive to achieve a clean exterior, extend some high regard as well to the undercarriage which is the most exposed part of your vehicle to grime, dirt and corrosive road salt. Give it a power wash with the use of a cleaner and degreaser while extending extra care to the cab, engine cradle, and box separation.
- Relieve the battery from winter stress.
The winter cold may require your truck battery, plugs and wire connections to work more up to 60%. Have your battery undergo a stress test to find out its capacity in preparation for the coming summer; then proceed to replace old batteries particularly those which are aged 3 years or more. Make sure also to tighten up the terminal nodes and clean the battery from any debris left from the previous season.
- Survey any possible hitch damage.
If you used the hitch extensively last winter, go and check your truck's hitch receiver, pins and balls for any rust before stepping out for a spring or summer holiday. Look out as well for any damage from corrosion at all joints, bolt heads and hinges that could have served as hitch frame attachments. Once you've surveyed the extent of damage, make way for an ardent clean-up and lubrication of all affected parts.
- Inspect condition of tires.
The low temperature of winter may lower your truck's tire pressure. Inversely, heat may be generated from additional towing activities needed to take out properties from the snow. Hence, inspect your tires and ensure they are appropriately inflated. Aside from the tire tread, pay attention as well to the status of the sidewall and scrutinize for any cracks indicative of ply break-out. Include in your check-up list the tires of your trailer as well.