According to the organizations that keep track of Internet search statistics, the number of people looking for information around the term ‘truck auto repair’ has been on an abated upward trend in recent years. The term itself can be seen as being a reference to the whole range of auto repair services (that is, vehicle repair services) that are targeted at trucks. Of course, what qualifies to be termed as a ‘truck’ varies from person to person. On the one hand, there are some people who view a truck as any vehicle with a larger portion of it customized for carrying cargo (so that a pick up also qualifies to be called a ‘truck’). On the other hand, there are others restricting the name ‘truck’ to the reference of those heavy commercial vehicles, otherwise known as lorries.
Whatever the description of a truck one ultimately falls for, the term truck auto repair refers to the whole range of restorative and maintenance functions carried out on such trucks. On the restorative side, we have the repair of both the minor and major faults that the trucks in question develop; whereas on the maintenance bit, we have regular procedures that are carried out to enhance the performance of the truck.
Traditionally, truck repair was carried out in general garages (so that the occasional truck could just check into the garage like any other vehicle, and get sorted). In recent days, though, we have seen the emergence of specialized truck repair centers; with many companies that own and make extensive use of trucks opting to establish in-house truck auto repair departments.
Mechanical parts are always subjected to wear and tear. Your utility truck runs within the town heavily loaded, stops and waits, has to be loaded and unloaded, and idles at traffic points. It needs frequent service and maintenance as its parts will surely start to wear off after traveling a few thousand miles.
Constantly pulling around extra weight, some of the vital engine parts in your truck will need service. Other parts include water pumps, fuel pumps, bearings, radiators, starters, tires, brakes and batteries.
What simple inspections can you do?
- The Engine Lights: It indicates a malfunction in the engine control as well as the evaporative emission system.
- The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Light: When the light is on, the brake system becomes disabled. The ABS manipulates the front and rear brake pressure to decrease the wheels lock-up.
- The Wheel Alignment: An accurate wheel alignment ensures long tire life. When there is an unusual tire wear, or when your tire steers towards one way or another, or even when the tire vibrates when driven on smooth roads, great care has to be taken to rebalance the wheels.
- The Spark Plug Wires: It produces a spark to start the engine. Make sure it is clean.
- Battery Connections: Battery wires must be connected appropriately to avoid power leak and short circuit.
- Fluid Levels: Check the fluid levels regularly. If the fluid level decreases frequently, check with your truck repair shop.
- Tire Pressures: This gives longevity to tires for better stability and smooth run. Without the correct tire pressure the tires will wear out soon.
- Radiator: Take care that it doesn’t heat up; the engine’s heat wears away its parts.
- Out of ordinary sounds: Uncommon rattles, bangs, etc are warning signs that need immediate attention.
- Belts: Belts will wear away soon. Check the belts regularly and change when necessary.
- Fuel Leaks: Make sure that the fuel does not leak. If it does, it can lead to engine backfire.
Now whether you opt to outsource the function, or keep it in-house, it is essential to be ‘quality-focused,’ and not just ‘cost-focused’ when shopping for people to provide you with truck repair services. In other words, you should not only be looking for the most cost-effective service provider, but also for the most competent service provider. Insisting on going for the very cheapest service providers you can lay your hands on can often backfire in nasty ways. This is like where such cheap service providers (who may be making use of unqualified mechanics) end up messing your truck so much that you end up spending much more money having it sorted. Of course, this is not to say that the priciest service providers are always the best. It is to say that when looking for truck auto repair services, you need to keep in mind the fact that your truck is a highly-priced asset; whose health you surely cannot entrust to anyone.
Also worth taking note of is the fact that the truck repair business is one that has been very greatly affected by technology in recent years. You therefore need to ensure that the truck repair service providers you go for are those who have kept, or at least made an attempt to keep up with the technology. At the very least, ensure that they are people who are technologically-competent to handle your truck (especially if it is a new truck). Take note that some of these technological advancements are fast ‘rendering obsolete’ truck repair service providers who don’t make an effort to keep up!