I've just arrived from an off-road trip and I'm now thinking of rewarding my mud-caked Ram 3500 with a good bath. Can you share some tips on how I can make underbody cleaning faster and easier?
It would be wise if you let your truck rest and cool down first before doing the car wash. For a good underbody cleaning, you may jack up your truck, put it on axle stands and proceed with the cleaning. If you frequently go off-road, it would be a good idea to invest in a reliable underbody lance as it can make washing your truck a whole lot easier by saving you from the need to jack up your heavy-duty pickup truck. You just have to connect the lance to your pressure washer or hose pipe and just reach under your vehicle and hose the mud off. For heavily soiled areas, you can use all-purpose cleaners—apply generous amount and allow the cleaner to penetrate unto the dirt before rinsing off with high pressure. If you're using a foaming product, you can allow it to dwell on the dirt for a considerable amount of time before thoroughly rinsing it off.
The winter season is fast approaching and in the state where I live, it can really get harsh, putting my driving skills into test year after year. Do you have some winter driving tips that you can share me with? My ride, by the way, is a Ram 3500.
If you frequently drive on hills or an incline, always remember to use low gears to achieve more traction. To reduce likelihood of slide or skids and maximize traction, make sure you deliberately vary your gear use and speed. And, if your truck is fitted with one, do not use your cruise control while driving on icy pavements. And even if you have equipped your Ram truck with winter tires, it still pays to drive slowly and allow more stopping distance. Keep in mind that it always required more distance to stop the tires on an icy road than on dry pavements. Always be on the lookout for black ice. It may appear like a puddle but it's actually ice, and it's very dangerous as it can cause you to lose control over your truck. Before you drive, it's also a good idea to rid your truck of ice especially the exhaust pipes.
After moving my brother's things to his new apartment, I noticed that my truck has been behaving strangely. It seems like it's pulling to left. The mechanic told me that the wheels may need alignment. Does this problem need to be fixed soon?
Any problem with your wheel and tire assembly has to be dealt with immediately. Remember that your tires are the only components of your ride that get in contact with the road, so if they are not in good condition, your truck's traction, road grip, and any sort of relationship with the road surface will surely be affected. Wheel alignment should not be taken for granted as the process involves adjusting the angles of the tires that directly affect the way they make contact with the road.