Coolant system monitoring is essential this summer for truck fleet maintenance in Duncan, OK. Overheating engines mean delays and inconvenience for drivers, so this is a task that must be kept up to date. When any trucks come into our shop for coolant system service, here are some of the inspections and repairs we are likely to perform.
Check for leaks
A coolant leak is bad news. Not only does this mean your fluid reservoirs run out, but the coolant can also contaminate parking lots and corrode other parts within the truck’s engine. You want the coolant in the reservoir doing its job, not running everywhere else.
In the summer, liquid accumulation under trucks and cars is normally condensation from the air conditioning system. However, if this becomes excessive or the leak obviously involves coolant, it is time to have that checked and repaired. Otherwise, it is likely your drivers will find themselves broken down and panicking about timetables.
Low coolant levels are not always attributed to leaks. Sometimes, the system will use up coolant quickly due to inefficient functioning. Radiator issues and other problems can strain coolant use and become more serious in the future. If your drivers notice that coolant levels are consistently low, but there is no sign of a leak, that does not mean there are no problems. Have the system checked over to see where the shortcomings are straining the coolant supply.
Inspect the caps and hoses
Detecting defects and deterioration in caps and hoses will solve a multitude of problems. Replacing these parts is often an easy process and one of the simplest issues to fix. The time to do this is before failure and catastrophic breakdown. That is why we will take a close look to make sure that not only are your major coolant system components working, but also that these supportive accessories are intact.
Replacing thermostats and water pumps
Thermostats face a lot of strain and will malfunction with age and use. Water pumps are also a busy part of the coolant system and require frequent replacement. These will often be replaced at regular intervals as a precautionary measure, as wear and tear is high. If you report for fleet maintenance and do not remember when this was done last, it will most likely be on our agenda.
Recharge the air conditioning
While air conditioning is not part of the coolant system, it is attached to it, so this function might as well be maintained or repaired at the same time. Some companies report drivers abandoning trucks after air conditioning stops working during travel in hot places, so even if you trust your employees’ work ethic, there is still no reason to risk this discomfort. If the air conditioning is slow to cool or has periods of not working, it is a good time to recharge the system while the truck is receiving coolant system maintenance.
Heavy Truck & Trailer Parts offers truck fleet maintenance in Duncan, OK to get your fleet through the summer months. Contact us today for essential maintenance and repairs.