it’s easy to become complacent when it comes to maintaining your truck. Before you know it, six months have gone by and you haven’t considered routine truck maintenance! It’s better to invest a small amount regularly in maintenance to get more later when your beloved truck keeps running for many years to come. We’ve rounded up a few tips to help you keep your truck running better for longer.
Protect Your Transmission
Many of us have been in the position of having to completely replace our transmission. It’s not exactly an easy fix. Prevent your transmission from burning out and extend its life by taking a couple of simple measures now for its long-term health. Regularly changing your transmission fluids and filters will keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Check your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule to determine when you change your fluid, recommendations range anywhere from every 50,000 miles to every 150,000 miles. Consider following a truck maintenance schedule, either by mileage or by time.
Rotate Those Tires
Having even tread on all four of your tires is essential to a smooth ride. Rotating your tires about every 5,000-8,000 miles is recommended as unevenly worn tires put considerable pressure on your truck’s suspension. An added bonus? While rotating your tires, a technician will have the opportunity to give your trucks undercarriage components a once-over and check your alignment. They’ll be able to ensure that your tires have enough depth to maintain grip on the road, no matter the road conditions ahead.
Take It Easy
It may be fun to go full-throttle when accelerating your vehicle but would you think it was fun if we told you were hurting your truck? Rapid acceleration and braking puts unnecessary strain on your truck. The same goes for changing gears. You’ll want to do so gently and wait until you’ve come to a full stop, this will ensure you aren’t putting unnecessary pressure on your transmission components.
Ready to get your next truck picked out? Stop in and see our Sunset Trucks team at our location in Sumner, Washington. We’ll even help you determine its routine truck maintenance needs.