Think of fluids like the blood running in the human veins; it is that important. Just as your body won't function without blood, a truck will grind to a halt without oil and fluids. So what are some of the fluids you need to keep checking in your vehicle?
- Brake fluid
- Antifreeze fluid
- Hydraulic Fluid
- Washer fluid
When the fluid carriers run dry, the corresponding parts will start misbehaving, affecting your truck's performance.
A leak causes leaks in the hydraulic system in the hose pipe of the reservoir cap. This kind of problem is a common occurrence. Therefore, keep an eye on the hydraulic system.
The counter-effect of hydraulic system fluids is coolant or oil leaks which are harmful. When the auto-shift system on your trailer is locked up, you could lose steering and brakes control, especially when starting on an incline.
When you notice coolant leaks, you need to change the affected parts. Replacing the damaged hose or reservoir cap requires special attention and specialized tools. In the process, you might have to reset your antifreeze mix ratio to free in colder seasons.
The critical fluid is the brake fluid which needs extra attention, because well, it's a matter of life and death. When at the mechanic, the fluids should be changed significantly if you use your brakes often.
Most trucks come with sensors that indicate when washer fluid runs low. That said, you need to check it periodically.
Besides checking the essential fluids, you can also clean your air filter. When the air filter is clean, your truck consumes less fuel. Remember to maintain your air filter according to the manufacturer's recommendation or with the help of a mechanic.