Ford LCF: Basic Truck Maintenance Tips for Your Fleet
If you own a small fleet of Ford LCF trucks for your business, it is important to make sure you employ periodic and efficient maintenance. You don't want any of your units to have frequent breakdowns and costly repairs because that would mean your business will lose money and spend money on avoidable repairs. Keeping your trucks in top shape should not be really hard; all you need is a basic understanding on what needs to be done and when to do them. That being said, here are a few tips on how you can keep your trucks running in top condition and avoid any downtime for your fleet:
- Be sure to check the radiator regularly and before any long trips.
The radiator is one of the most important components of a vehicle because it's the one responsible for protecting the engine from overheating. The Ford LCF, like any other vehicle, contains pistons and other moving parts in the engine. These parts are constantly creating friction and heat. The radiator cools a mixture of water and anti-freeze that is circulated through the cooling system by a water pump. The pump then pushes the heated fluid out of the engine's chambers and back to the radiator for the heat to be absorbed and release to the surrounding area. This process is called heat exchange. This process can be compromised if the radiator failed. As a result, the engine will overheat and damage can occur. That's why it is important to always check the radiator and other parts of the cooling system. Make sure that the water pump is working properly and there is no coolant leaking.
- Regularly inspect the glow plugs, gaskets and oil filter.
This is very important for vehicles with a diesel engine — which is common for trucks and semis. The ignition of a diesel engine depends upon compressed heat but it often fails to produce enough heat to start combustion. As a result, the glow plugs are used to heat up the cylinder before a cold engine gets started. These glow plugs need frequent inspection especially during the winter season — when cold starts usually happen. The gaskets also need to be checked regularly to avoid leaks which can lead to other engine problems. Gaskets in a diesel engine work under severe and harsh conditions so they tend to fail and get damaged over time. Another thing that you need to pay attention to is the oil filter. When you change your engine oil, it is advisable to change the filter as well. Your truck needs a good and fresh filter that will efficiently exclude corrosive particles from the oil.
- Improve your preventive maintenance program.
Set up or make a calendar for all the scheduled maintenance that your trucks need. This should include all preventive maintenance and inspections that need to be done weekly, monthly, every 6 months or yearly, and so on. You also need to note the intervals for each replacement necessary after a certain mileage is reached.