Vital Liquids to Keep an Eye in your Dodge Power Ram 50
The Dodge Power Ram 50 may not be the ideal truck that off-road enthusiasts would want to bring in their travels these days, and it might no longer be as powerful as the first time you got to grab its steering wheel. But with proper maintenance, you still won't go wrong with your trusted travel buddy. And by doing the basic getting-ready-drill, you can even take it for a long ride. Include in the drill all the important liquids that your truck couldn't run without. Here's a list of liquids you must give attention to before hitting the long ride:
- Ensure enough engine oil.
The life and performance of your engine basically depend on its lifeblood—the engine oil. It has to be enough and be of high quality in order to prevent every moving metal part from grinding together. It also acts as coolant, transferring heat away from the combustion engine to avoid overheating. Presence of enough amounts of engine oil further minimizes oxidation inside the extremely hot engine. However, extended use allows the engine to become a vector of danger by carrying throughout the system all the impurities that has collected in the chamber over time. It is then imperative to ensure that the engine doesn't only have enough lubricant, but also clean and of high quality.
- Generously refill battery with water.
Refilling or adding water to the battery is not just a way to extend its life, but actually a requirement for effective charging in a conventional battery. Also known as electrolyte, the battery water, diminishes during charging, gradually turning into hydrogen and oxygen. Going for long travels with minimal water in the battery or the lack of it surely means trouble. You may have to face a dead battery in the middle of nowhere. Worse, the lights could all go out at night, and then the engine would no longer want to start. Refill as generously as possible.
- Keep the correct coolant and anti-freeze mixture.
Coolant is tasked to absorb, transfer, and dissipate the excess heat produced by the engine. This way, all the vital engine parts are protected from the ill results of overheating. The anti-freeze, on the other hand, as the name suggests, is designed to keep the coolant from freezing. Such a problem is not an issue in tropical countries, but a big time cause of expensive mechanical damage on vehicles in countries that experience freezing temperatures. So never forget to check whether your coolant and anti-freeze mixture is enough.
- Run only with enough brake fluid.
Running without checking the brake fluid level in the braking system is putting your life in jeopardy. Keep in mind that it's the fluid that transfers the force exerted on the brake pedal in order to provide the braking power required for different stopping needs. And if it has leaked or has deteriorated already, braking could fail when you need it the most. Don't forget to check the brake fluid. Also make sure that all the other brake parts are in their optimal condition.