Adding Years to Your Dodge W100 Truck
A truck such as your Dodge W100 can really work wonders when it comes to transporting cargo. But because it is an older car, you're going to have to take extra caution in using it for heavy hauling. Keep in mind that even though your truck was built to withstand a lot of hauling and towing, it still has certain restrictions. Here are some tips on how you can add more years to the life of your truck:
You have tested and proven the reliability of your Dodge W100 truck in all the years that you've been going off road and hauling cargo. But with all the things that you've stuffed in the back of your truck, has it ever occurred to you that it has its limits? You should know exactly how much weight it can carry and tow. Respect its capacity limits and don't overestimate its power. Just because there was a time when you got away with hauling cargo which was more than it can handle, doesn't mean that you can continue abusing it without suffering any consequences in the future. If you don't respect your truck's limits, then it wouldn't be such a surprise anymore when it breaks down from negligence and misuse.
- Give your truck bed some love.
After using your truck, make it a habit to check the truck bed for any dirt or debris, or spilled liquid that may have been left behind. The truck bed carries a lot of weight that's why it needs to be protected from rusting which may cause the metal to weaken or even break apart. So, immediately clean up any mess and make sure that the truck bed is dried afterwards. And in addition to keeping your truck bed clean and dry, you should also provide it with a cover that will protect it from harmful elements such as rainwater. Because remember, your truck bed is the most vulnerable part of your truck. Keep it as protected as possible.
- Keep the tires sufficiently inflated.
Since your truck carries a lot of weight, it isn't news anymore that your tires would lose air faster than a sedan's will. Make sure that you check the tire pressure before and after you go for a drive, especially if you're transporting cargo. Check the tire pressure using a tire pressure gauge to get an accurate read; don't rely solely on how your tires look like, or how they feel when you give them a squeeze. Just because you don't have flat tires doesn't mean your tires are in great condition either. There is a prescribed amount of air pressure for each type of tire, and you'll never know if yours are within the right level just by looking at it. Get an accurate read so that you can inflate your tires if they do lack air. Making sure that your tires are aptly inflated won't just help your truck run properly and efficiently, but it will also help lower your risk of getting into an accident because of a blown-up tire.