September 16th, 2019
Mechanical part failure in a semi-trailer can be dangerous, as well as a nightmare to fix on the road. Many breakdowns happen in a remote location where it can be difficult to find parts. It's a difficult process when you don't know what to do or what to watch for. Here in this article, we offer semi-trailer maintenance tips for keeping your trailers performing at top conditions
Thinking of Replacing Trailer Parts? Don't Wait!
The best semi-trailer repair and maintenance tip is prevention is worth a ton of cure - never wait on a needed part preplacement to try and stretch the budget on parts. Hitting the road with worn parts is not worth the risk to time, wages, safety, and reputation. It really does save more money to catch issues and repair and replace worn parts before they lead to breakdowns on the road.
Rigs Don't Lie
Pay attention to how things 'feel' on the road. You need to be aware of changes in the ride of your rig. Warning signs usually appear in how the rig rides, so when changes from the normal smooth ride happen, take them seriously and check them out. If your mechanic recommends work or part replacements, get them done.
Follow A Maintenance Schedule
Another time-saver is having and following your maintenance schedule by having the part you need to be ordered and shipped ahead of time while a breakdown can lead to spending that extra wait out of service. Any part that wears can have a maintenance plan to schedule and set up the service and shipping on needed parts without that extra wait.
It's About More Than Price of a Repair
Every upgrade or repair impacts its worth to your bottom line. It could be increased fuel efficiencies, extending the life of your vehicle, trailers, and other parts. It could be delaying your next major repair for several months or a year. All these improved efficiencies add up over time in the value of each rig.
Find a Trusted Source
There is nothing like referrals for finding a source for good service and maintenance. Spend time getting recommendations when finding a good truck and trailer maintenance and repair shop. You'll want to look for the following:
Peace of mind on the road is every trucker's goal, so being able to trust the work of a service shop is of utmost importance. You need to be able to trust all work and repair.
Warranties are useful for mindful trucking companies. They can help cover costs as long as you keep up-to-date on your maintenance and pay attention when you have service done or when you replace parts. In addition to your parts warranty, part manufacturers often offer their own support for their products. Your supplier will be able to recommend the part manufacturers with the best reputations.