Maintaining a fleet of trucks can be a major expense for your company. Fortunately, these trucks more than make up for their costs by providing your company with fast connections to your customers so that your business can thrive. Plus, there are steps you can take to lower the expense of owning a fleet, such as not taking trucks to the dealership every time they need to have a part replaced. If you have someone on staff who’s fairly handy, you’ll be able to save a lot of money by replacing these parts in-house.
Aside from a ladder, there is no special equipment required to replace the windshield wipers on a truck. Most windshield wipers attach to trucks in the same way that they do to cars or any other non-commercial vehicle. Replacing windshield wipers regularly is important to help prevent scratches on the windshield that could hamper a driver’s visibility.
Another easy-to-replace part on most trucks is the headlights. Although replacing the headlights on a fleet truck is fairly straightforward, it can be time-consuming. Therefore, it’s a good idea to use quality replacement parts, such as a Scania left hand headlamp so that you don’t have to worry about replacing the headlights again for a long time to come.
As long as you have a jack or lift that can handle the weight of the truck, replacing the tires on a truck is fairly easy. To make the process easier, it’s a good idea to invest in a machine that can automatically remove the old tires from the rim and attach the new tires. Since tires are one of the most-often replaced parts on a truck, this machine will more than pay for itself. Once new tires are installed, you’ll want to maintain them by regularly checking the air pressure.
In order to operate efficiently, trucks need clean air filters to allow maximum airflow to the engine. Once you locate the airbox, replacing the air filter is typically a fast and easy job. In some cases, you may be able to simply clean the air filter instead of replacing it with a new filter. The most important thing is that you track the intervals since you last checked the air filters in each truck to ensure that none of them get overlooked.
One key element to avoiding the dealership is to make small investments in tools that will help you change out a variety of parts without needing outside assistance. The good news is that these tools are a one-time investment that will help your company to reduce costs and maintain a solid fleet in the years to come. If high dealership costs make you uncomfortable, it’s a good idea to start building your tool inventory today.