Ways to Protect and Maintain Your Freightliner 3500
The Freightliner 3500 was designed specifically for commercial applications. Its standard 64-inch roof height provides a lot of room for cargo and equipment. While it's undeniably a full-fledged truck despite its appearance, this vehicle is actually easier to drive than you'd expect. However, since it's still a truck you may want to be careful with driving it around curves. If you have the Freightliner 3500 for your business, make sure to maintain it properly to maximize this investment.
The tires of your Freightliner 3500 should be serviced periodically, starting with tire rotation. Rotating the tires as a preventive maintenance will help equalize the wear on all of your vehicle's tires. It also preserves balanced handling and traction, and can even provide advantages to your vehicle's performance. It is recommended that you rotate your Freightliner's tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles even if they don't show any signs of wear. To help you remember this maintenance task, do your tire rotation every time you do an oil change. You could also have the tires rebalanced if you have been experiencing vibrations while in your vehicle. Also, inspect the tires for any signs of damage, remove any stones or debris from the tire treads, and check for uneven wear.
- Replace the interior filters.
If you operate your Freightliner 3500 under arduous conditions, you will need to replace the interior filters more often. These include the dust filter, recirculating air filter, and activated charcoal filter. All of these items were designed to prevent harmful debris from entering any parts of your vehicle where air and fluid flow, especially the engine, radiator, and fluid lines. If you neglect these filters, they will stop performing as intended over time, which will result in decreased performance of your vehicle and even engine damage. Generally, it's recommended that you replace these filters every 12,000 miles or every 12 months, whichever of the two comes first. But if you drive in dusty areas, you need to inspect these filters and change them more often, every 6,000 miles or 6 months.
- Observe proper coolant maintenance.
In order for your vehicle's radiator to cool the engine, it needs water and coolant (antifreeze) to function. The Freightliner 3500's owner's manual recommends that you change the coolant when you reach 180,000 miles or 15 years and then every 90,000 miles or 5 years after that. While this is a long time, you still need to check the coolant level more often to make sure that the reservoir has enough to help the radiator function. Rather than open the cap on the radiator, you can check to see whether the coolant reaches the "full" line on the side of its reservoir. If it doesn't, add a 50/50 mix of water and coolant until the level reaches that line. Note that some coolants are pre-mixed, so check the bottles first to see if you need to add water or not. Also, you should not add pure water to the coolant system or else your engine will get damaged.