Cargo Carriage and Towing: How to Keep Your Ford F Super Duty Truck Up to Par
As its name implies, your Ford F Super Duty is built with toughness in mind. It's not only larger and heavier compared to many other Ford trucks, but it's also more powerful. It's equipped with heavy-duty components that enable it to both carry and tow heavier and bulkier loads. That said, it's important to keep in mind that, in the long run, much of your truck's ability to handle tough jobs would depend on the maintenance it receives from you.
There are various things to remember when it comes to caring for a super-duty truck like yours, and this article will focus on maintenance tips to keep your truck run well when towing or carrying heavy cargo.
- Keep your truck winch in top shape.
When towing cargo, the winch is the main and only component that connects your truck to whatever it is towing. Therefore, you need to ensure that the said part is always up to the task. First things first, be sure you get the correct winch for your ride—one that can handle the amount of cargo you typically tow. Second, keep the winch clean after every towing activity, especially if it's muddy, in order to prevent the onset of rust. The cable should be spooled out, cleaned, and let dry before you spool it back in. You must also inspect it for signs of wear and tear. And third, you can give the winch added protection with a winch cover.
- Follow proper brake maintenance to keep the brakes capable of handling sudden stops.
Braking can be tricky when towing, especially because your truck is heavier and therefore more difficult to bring to a stop. Therefore, you must be doubly careful in keeping your brakes properly working. It is advised that you have them checked every time you get an oil change. Aside from the regular pad, disc, shoe, and drum replacement, take note that most truck brakes have what are called slack adjusters. These are designed to keep the brakes properly aligned every time you apply them. These should be regularly greased so they won't seize up. Lastly, practice proper braking habits to avoid any braking-related accident on the road.
- Give your steering system extra attention.
Steering a big truck, especially one with heavy cargo, is no joke. You need to keep all your steering components in excellent shape to ensure that they'll carry you through whatever the condition you're driving in. If there's one thing you need to keep an eye on in your Ford F Super Duty truck, that would be the power steering fluid. This fluid is the lifeblood of the system, but it loses its efficiency over time. Its components break down, and this often leads to damage among the various parts in the system, especially the hoses and seals. Therefore, regularly check your steering fluid and the condition of the various steering parts in order to monitor any signs of damage and administer the appropriate steering maintenance and fixes as needed.