Approximately 60 percent of engine failures are due to cooling system issues. That is why antifreeze service should be part of your scheduled semi truck maintenance in Duncan, OK before the winter temperatures hit. Here are five reasons to schedule this service today:
- Reliable operation: Antifreeze is mixed with water to prevent the reservoirs from bursting when temperatures dip below freezing. As its name indicates, it keeps coolant from freezing and becoming otherwise useless. Engines will run hot no matter the outside temperature, meaning they need to take in a good amount of coolant all year long. Ensuring that the coolant mix remains viable during these processes prevents breakdown later and keeps your truck running.
- Prevent evaporation: Filling your radiator reservoir with water works for the very short term when an engine overheats and you need to travel to a repair shop safely. However, water will boil off quickly due to the fact that semi truck engines run very hot. This unfortunate fact can put you right back at square one with your original problem. Just as antifreeze prevents freezing, it also prevents boiling off, which keeps the coolant levels preserved. That is why mechanics advise against using water alone as a coolant.
- Corrosion control: Water is also very corrosive. Rust can develop and make it impossible for the heat exchanger to work properly, potentially leading to breakdowns in the future. Additives in the antifreeze will prevent this corrosion, but they will lose their effectiveness with mileage. Replace antifreeze frequently, about every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. That can add up quickly with a semi truck, so be sure to track this accurately so the coolant is switched out on time.
- Reduce wear and tear: Engines overheating cause stress on all the components. It is not unusual after multiple incidents of overheating for radiators, thermostats and water pumps to need replacement, too. If you can control this preventable event, you will also avoid making additional expensive repairs to your fleet and help your trucks run longer. Overheating is also hard on engines overall, so controlling the chances of that event happening means a longer lifetime for your engine and your vehicle.
- Increase heater efficiency: An inefficient coolant and radiator system will also affect interior heating systems. When you keep up with antifreeze maintenance, not only will the semi truck enjoy a reduced chance of overheating, but your drivers will find that staying warm on their cooler journeys is also easier. Much like keeping the air conditioning running well in summer is just a nice thing to do, maintaining the heater also helps give your drivers better working conditions.
When you have the antifreeze changed out, we can also check the radiator, any reservoirs and the thermostat for functioning issues. Your water pump is also a necessary component for ensuring the coolant is distributed, so if it is not working, your antifreeze mixture will not matter much. Giving all these systems a check at least once a year is a prudent investment in your fleet.
Contact Heavy Truck & Trailer Parts today to retain skilled semi truck maintenance in Duncan, OK. We are available for routine work and major repairs alike.