Dodge B-2: Truck Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Running For a Long Time
The Dodge B-2 truck is made with performance and durability in mind, as with all Dodge vehicles. But, you have to do your part if you want it to last beyond its normal lifespan. Aside from being a safe and good driver, you also have to make sure that you are taking care of your vehicle the way you are supposed to. The good news is that it's not that hard. Most maintenance procedures are simple and can be done at your own garage. Here are some tips on how you can take care of your Dodge B-2 to make it last longer:
- Prevent rust from setting and spreading.
A vehicle is a huge investment so it makes sense to take care of it and not allow even the tiniest sign of rust to set in. It's actually a no-brainer but one that hardly ever happens in regular truck maintenance. It is important to check your truck for rust especially if you live in an area with plenty of snow. The road salt used on snowed road, if not washed immediately, can cause and accelerate corrosion. You can start by using an oil-type spray that can prevent rust; give your truck this treatment at least once a year.
- Extend the life of seats by using seat covers.
If you are to take care of your truck, it means looking after everything and not just the engine or chassis. The interior also needs maintenance including the seats. Seat covers take the wear that would otherwise tear truck seats to shreds; this is especially true if you are using your B-2 as work truck. Also, seat covers can be removed and washed whereas the seats cannot.
- Replace any part before it breaks.
Reliability is important if your work depends on your truck. That's why it makes sense to change key components before they break. There are parts in your vehicle that will need replacement after a certain mileage; go ahead and replace them even if there's nothing wrong visibly. Starter motors, batteries, brake lines, motor mounts, belts, hoses, and filters are all cheap to replace. But, they can all cause expensive and major repairs if you forgo replacement as scheduled.
- Change fluids and filters to extend the life of your truck's transmission.
Transmissions that are made during the mid-1980s would operate normally for hundreds of thousands of miles without the need for changing fluid. But, things are different now. Your truck needs changing of transmission fluid and filter every 100,000 kilometer. This is an essential maintenance procedure because modern transmissions are built to last only up to a certain miles. Without fresh fluid, your truck's transmission will burn out and that will mean a big repair bill.
- Always check the tire pressure.
It is common mistake to forget to check the air pressure in tires because you don't visibly see that the tires are not properly inflated. But, even when your tires appear to be good, they could always be low on air. While the tires may not blow out, under inflated tires could lead to poor fuel economy. What you may not know is that tires lose air pressure as you drive them and especially during cold weather. Your tires lose about one to two pounds of pressure for every 10 degrees of drop in temperature.