How to get the most from your truck that’s getting into old age
As in most things in life, you get what you put in. This case scenario applies to your truck as well. For those who depend on their vehicle day-in and day-out to deliver products or goods, a bit of care and maintenance goes a long way. While each make and model will have its own needs, and yes, that means either you have a Hino, Isuzu, Mitsubishi truck, you’ll always have to consult the owner’s manual. In this blog, we’ll give you simple maintenance tips, so your truck can continue running like it’s fresh off the lot and for years to come!
In IBG Truck Parts, our more than 50 years of experience has tapped collective wisdom to come up with these tips anyone can do to help keep your truck running smoothly:
1. Oil Change is a must!
One of the most important things you can do to ensure a long life for your truck is to check every 7,500 miles or six months oil this applies better for 2008 model year trucks and newer. For older, higher mileage trucks, always change your oil filter when you change your oil. Always be sure to pick the best oil that suits your needs. There are a dozen varieties of oil and a wide range of high mileage options; tailored to increasing the life of older engines. That’s why we insist on always consult your owner’s manual, despite its brand, to ensure you pick the right viscosity index for your truck.
2. Fluid levels are always up!
Your fluid levels are such an essential thing; the most important one is the engine oil. First, make sure it’s cool to get an accurate reading. Also, check the oil itself. If it’s dirty or if it smells like gasoline, it’s time for a change! Up next goes engine coolant. Truck engines make a lot of heat even more if you do long rides; coolant keeps them from overheating. Check the levels by popping off the cap; that’s identifiable by a warning and matching illustration sign that indicates that you should never open it when the engine is hot. Refill as needed with the coolant specified in your owner’s manual. After that, check your windshield washer fluid. It’s never a bad idea to keep an extra jug of the blue stuff somewhere on board, especially in winter when salt and sand are not the roads.
3. Alignment is key
If around the time for your oil change, your truck is pulling to one side or the other one is probably time for a wheel alignment too. Driving on rough roads at high speeds and aggressive driving can both increase the likelihood of misalignment. If your wheels are out of whack, you’ll lead to increased tire wear, generally get worse gas mileage, you can experience poor handling on the roads, and God forbid a very tragic accident. Getting your wheels aligned pays off big in the long run. So, remember to inflate all of your tires to the designated pressure and keep your load evenly secured after getting your alignment checked.
4. Check your lights
If there are any issues with your truck, they’ll most likely be on your radar before they become bigger problems. For instance, check that all your interior and exterior lights are working properly. Dim light can indicate an electrical problem, while a burned-out light can be dangerous and lead to a hefty fine. Your truck’s lights are part of your vision as well if you need any light for your truck, take a look at IBG Truck Parts’ offer of aftermarket truck parts: https://ibgtruckparts.com/shop/ we got you and your truck!
5. Give your engine a break of fresh air
Sometimes we need to have a breath of fresh air; let us tell you that so does your truck’s engine! Over time, air filters become clogged with dust, debris, and chemical contaminants. Swap in a fresh engine air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles or even more often if you drive frequently on dirt roads. A clean air filter will not only help your engine last longer; it can even optimize your engine’s efficiency and acceleration.
These are just a few compilations of tips that experience has taught us how to preserve and get the most from our trucks. We know they are not just trucks or vehicles; they are part of our journey on this life’s road. We hope these tips can help you and your truck have lasting years of good drives!