Spring Care For Your Vehicle
Everyone is starting to get spring fever and ready for some warm and sunny days after this winter. Is your truck or tractor ready for a busy spring and summer?
You may have been using your vehicles all winter or you may have put them into storage for a few months. No matter the case, you need to make sure you and your equipment are prepared for spring.
Make sure your tractor or truck is ready with some easy tips from Roll-Rite Ag Products.
Check Under the Hood
Change the Oil and Filters
Check your oil level and make sure that it is clean. Summer heat can take its toll on your engine, so make sure that the engine has the right lubricant and amount. Take the time to check the oil filter, air filter, and fuel filter. If any of these filters are dirty, it can negatively impact your truck's performance and shorten the life of the engine.
Check the Battery
Cold weather starts can really drain your battery. Make sure that the battery is in good condition and charging fully. Look for corrosion and cracked or bulging cases. You need to have the power to operate winches, rolling systems, and other accessories this spring, in addition to making sure your rig starts every time.
Inspect the Belts and Hoses
Make sure that all the belts and hoses are in good shape. Replace worn or damaged ones before they break and leave you stranded or cause serious damage to your vehicle. All of the belts and hoses play an important part in the operation of your engine, so make sure they get the attention they deserve.
Top Off the Fluids
You'll probably be driving a lot more once the weather improves, so make sure that antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and even washer fluid are at the right level. It's not a bad idea to keep containers of the different fluids around to refill the reservoirs as needed.
Check Under the Rig
You definitely want to make sure your truck or tractor starts and runs smoothly, but you also want to make sure it can stop and stay on the road. It's important that you check your brakes, shocks/struts, and tires.
Every time you use your brakes, another layer of the pad is lost. Make sure you keep your pads and shoes in good condition before they damage your drums and rotors and you lose your ability to stop when you need to. Now is a good time to check the whole system: shoes and pads, rotors and drums, calipers, and other brake hardware. Replace anything that is broken or badly worn.
Inspect the Tires
A flat tire or one that blows out while driving is never a good part of anyone's day. Check your tires and confirm that they are in good condition. Make sure that the tread is wearing evenly and have them rotated and balanced regularly. Also, make sure that the air pressure is correct on a regular basis. Temperature, mileage, and load all can impact the tire pressure. If the tire pressure isn't right, it can lead to reduced fuel mileage and possible tire damage.
Strut and Shock Check
During the winter and spring months, you have probably been jostled by a few potholes. Make sure that your struts and shocks haven't been damaged. A worn or broken shock will limit the control you have over your vehicle, in addition to giving you a rough ride.
Give the Rest of your Rig a Look
We mentioned washer fluid earlier, so make sure that your wiper blades and windshield are in good shape, too. Salt and gravel from snowplows can chip your windshield and the extreme weather can deteriorate your wipers. Make sure you can see clearly through your windshield, regardless of the weather, time of day, and other factors. Repairing a small chip now will cost a lot less than repairing a crack or replacing a whole windshield.
See and Be Seen
Make sure that all of your headlights, turn signals, running lamps, foglights, and taillights are in good order. You need to be able to see the road and people need to be able to see you. Moreover, you can get a ticket for not having working lights, so take time on a regular basis to make sure all of your lights are working properly.
Check Your Accessories
Now is a good time to make sure that your hydraulics are in good working order, along with your tarp systems and other features like pumps, ramps, sprayers, and more. Grease the u-joint fittings and take time to make sure everything runs smoothly for when it's time to get to work.
Need Help With Tarps?
Give the experts at Roll-Rite Ag Products a call for help with all of your tarp and tarp system needs. We're here to help you work smoothly with the best products and services available. We look forward to working with you!