How to Care for Your Dodge W100 Pickup
Rugged. Tough. All-around. These were some of the words used to acclaim the Dodge W100 pickup. This four-wheel truck may have the smallest haul than the other Dodge pickups, but make no mistake—the Dodge W100 pickup is the perfect utility vehicle for carrying cargo and tools without being burdened by too much weight. But because it's an old model, you must take extra care of this vehicle if you want to keep using it for several more years. Here are some components to look after:
- Check the steering and suspension systems every 7,500 miles.
The steering and suspension systems work hand-in-hand in keeping you and your passengers safe inside the Dodge W100 pickup while enhancing the comfort of your vehicle's ride. While the components in these systems are pretty robust, it is still important to inspect them every 7,500 miles to make sure that everything is working accordingly. Maintenance for it includes inspecting the shocks for leaks, cracks, and other damage and checking for uneven tire wear, which may indicate worn shocks and struts. If you notice any anomalies in how your truck steers or rides or if you feel any vibrations from the steering wheel or the body, then you need to get your pickup checked as soon as possible. Worn struts and shocks must be replaced in pairs and as soon as you note any problems. While you may be able to bear a little bouncing as you drive, this "small" issue could cost you several feet in braking distance in case of an emergency stop.
- Visually inspect all belts and hoses.
Belts and hoses keep your components together and fluids transported from one part to another. Unfortunately, these items also happen to wear out quickly because of constant exposure to heat, vibration, and harmful chemicals, which may cause them to crack, leak, fray, and peel. If you do not maintain these, your Dodge W100 pickup might start performing poorly. Aside from checking for clear indications of damage, you should also test the belts for correct tension and alignment. As for the hoses, you need to test the cooling system for leaks. Doing these at the same time as checking the steering and suspension systems is enough to ensure that all of your truck's belts and hoses are in good condition.
- Maintain the exhaust system.
The exhaust systems of vehicles today are becoming more and more expensive. Meanwhile, the exhausts of older models like the Dodge W100 are becoming harder to acquire. To prevent mishaps, take time to check your truck's exhaust system and repair any broken component you find.. Replace any broken hanger without delay even if the exhaust system seems to be hanging level. If you did get to drive around with a broken hanger, chances are that the clamps and joints may be damaged and need to be replaced as well. You also need to do this if the joints are leaking exhaust gas. Lastly, change any missing heat shields or ones that are barely hanging on.