Ram 4500: Preventive Maintenance Tips for Maximum Performance
Whether you just need to haul some cargo to and from your small store or just want a vehicle with lots of cargo capacity for whenever you need it, the Ram 4500 is the right truck for you. The 4500 came equipped to provide the capability and efficiency that you can expect from a truck without the preppy extras to weigh your pockets down. Now, with truck prices approaching around $20,000 even without the extras, it makes sense that you treat it—whether new or old—to a preventive and periodic maintenance service. Neglecting your truck will only cost you more money and time because of major repairs. Below are some preventive maintenance tips to maximize the performance of your truck as well as prolong its life:
- Create a calendar of a personal preventive maintenance plan.
It doesn't have to be a complicated list of what you need to do to for the upkeep of your truck. You can just walk around your Ram 4500 from front to back and inspect the exterior panels for signs of damage. Then, make a list of areas that require annual checks. Do the same for parts and areas that will need quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily checks. You can also consult your owner's manual for the recommended maintenance intervals of the different parts and systems of your truck. Use the calendar you made to keep track of when certain parts and equipment require attention. Make a copy that you can keep in your truck all the time. You should also create an alert on your smartphone (if you have one) so you don't forget.
- Pay attention to your truck's fluids and know when to top up or change them.
Those colorful liquids that inhabit the engine, transmission, and the rear axle are considered to be the lifeblood of your car. And they need to be changed on a regular basis. These liquids get contaminated over time. If left unchanged for a period of time, these liquids will have an opposite effect on the engine—the parts will suffer, and this could lead to engine break down. Your engine oil can go as long as 7,000 miles before changing but that's stretching it. Why risk your engine if you can buy engine oil at a few bucks? So, always consult your manual and follow the change oil schedule that's recommended by your truck's manufacturer. For the transmission fluid, it can last longer in normal use; but recommended change is every 20,000 miles or at least once a year. Some fluids like the coolant and windshield washer will require regular top up. Just check these fluids and refill if the level is below the recommended amount.
- Pay attention to the transmission system.
In utility vehicles and trucks, the transmission is usually the one that fails first aside from the engine. The transmission takes a beating whenever you haul loads, and the rear end will wear out much more quickly compared to the transmission in regular cars. Because of this, you have to change the transmission fluid and filter in half the time that vehicles generally require. For example, most mechanics will require this to be done every 50,000 miles. But, you will save yourself money in the long run by getting it done in your truck every 25,000 miles. Doing so will ensure that you get less wear and tear not only in the transmission system but also in other parts that can get affected by a failing transmission.