How to Take Care of your Isuzu I-280’s Suspension
Big and sturdy are the two words that best describe your Isuzu I-280. It has a huge engine for it to be able to pull its extended cab and 6-foot cargo bed. All that added weight, however, puts more strain on the truck's suspension. This is why you should also always check your truck's suspension system and take care of it properly. You may not realize it, but the suspension system is very important. It does not only give you a comfortable ride, but it also keeps you safe on the road. If your suspension system doesn't work properly, you are going to have problems with your truck's handling, acceleration, and braking, and your truck might experience premature wear and tear.
The suspension system of your truck is made up of four major components, which are the shock absorbers, struts, springs, and tires. They all work together to maintain the right ride height and wheel alignment, support the weight of the vehicle, keep the tires in contact with the road, and reduce the effect of bumps on the road. By now, you are probably beginning to understand why your truck's suspension system also needs proper maintenance, and you're probably thinking where you're going to start with this daunting task, right? Let us help you with that. Below are simple maintenance tips for your suspension:
- Get regular checkups for your truck's suspension.
A badly maintained suspension system will result in an uneven and premature tire wear, which can compromise your safety. Not only that, your ride comfort will also be compromised. This is the reason why your suspension system should be checked regularly. If you find your truck's suspension system complicated, bringing it to your trusted vehicle mechanic is the best thing to do.
- Rotate your tires once a year or every 20,000 miles, whichever comes faster.
Rotating your tires means interchanging the tires from one wheel to another. You can rotate your tires from left to right, back to front, or diagonally. Why, you ask? Mainly because tires wear out unevenly. The tires on the front tend to wear on the outer edges because the front tires lean over when you are turning. The rear tires just follow the front tires, so they tend to wear out more evenly compared to the front tires.
- Check your tire pressure and tire wear at least weekly.
Your tires should always be properly inflated to prevent them from wearing out prematurely and to optimize fuel economy. By simply checking your tires' air pressure, you are already doing a lot for your truck's suspension system.
- Inspect the steering linkage, free play, ball joints, and rear suspension every 20,000 miles.
It is important to check these components every 20,000 miles because they tend to wear out by then. If one or more suspension components wear out, your suspension system's performance will be hugely affected. It can also cause damage not only to the suspension components but to the other parts of your truck as well. Regular inspection of the abovementioned suspension components will help prevent costly damages, so don't forget to do so.