Preventive Maintenance Tips for Your Ram ProMaster 3500
The Ram ProMaster 3500 is all about transporting cargo, which is why it has a huge interior, a fuel-efficient diesel engine, and excellent capabilities. But these features will only take you as far as you can take care of your van. As a business owner, the last thing you'd want to happen is your vehicle breaking down en route to a delivery point. In order to avoid this from happening, you need to give it proper maintenance. Here are some tips to help you out.
- Check the tires regularly.
The most crucial way to stay safe on the road and protect your vehicle and goods is to look after the tires. Once a month or before a long trip, rotate the tires. The owner's manual of the Ram ProMaster 3500 recommends the "forward cross" pattern of rotation. This means that you must place the front tires directly to the rear and place the rear tires to the position diagonally across from them. Additionally, keep tire pressure at the recommended level and check it on a regular basis, preferably once a month and before a long trip. Underinflated tires can cause your van's tires to lose their grip on wet surfaces. They also badly impact your gas mileage.
- Inspect the engine oil, too.
Checking the engine oil regularly, preferably every time you refuel, is another important part of basic maintenance for your Ram ProMaster 3500. By making sure that there is a sufficient level of oil in your van's engine, you can ensure that all of the working parts in the engine are lubricated properly. If your vehicle starts burning or leaking oil and it reaches a low level, the moving engine parts can rub against each other, causing excessive damage to the engine. Should you notice the oil leaking from your van or burning as you drive, you need to troubleshoot it and repair the problem as soon as you can. When changing the engine oil, make sure that the interval in between changes doesn't exceed 8,000 miles or 12 months.
- Keep the engine cool with the right mixture of water and coolant.
No matter the season, you need to make it a habit to inspect the coolant level in your van's radiator on a regular basis, at least once a month. You should also make sure that the reserve tank level is normal, too. If you need to add coolant, first make sure that the cooling system is not leaking and then refill the reservoir with a 50/50 mix of coolant and water if you live in a warmer area or a 70/30 mix if you live somewhere cold. Also, you shouldn't just refill the system with coolant. At least once a year, drain and flush your van's radiator to get rid of dirt and contaminants that have built up. You shouldn't leave the same coolant in the system for more than a year either as it tends to become acidic and lose its effectiveness. To flush a radiator, you need to pour a high volume of water or some cleaning liquid through your van's radiator.