Freezing temperatures and snowy weather can lead to significant disruptions to your daily routine — especially if you spend a lot of time on the road. Cold weather can negatively impact the performance of many semi truck parts, making it harder for truckers to complete their routes effectively. Here’s a closer look at some of the ways cold weather can impact a semi truck, as well as what drivers can do about it.
Which Truck Parts Are Affected?
Similar to standard automobiles, many of the winter problems affecting semi trucks start with the battery. Freezing temperatures cause the battery to lose starting power because its chemical reactions are slowed down. At the same time, motor oil thickens, which means it needs more power to warm up and start the engine. If the motor oil gets too thick, the semi truck will be unable to start. Cold temperatures can also affect the tires. In fact, for every 10 degree drop in temperature, tires lose one pound of pressure.
Taking Preventative Steps
Though freezing temperatures can leave a semi truck stranded, there are several preventative measures a driver can take. Using a winter-grade fuel will ensure the engine gets the proper additives to prevent oil gelling. Many of these additives also help clear away efficiency-inhibiting deposits. Battery warmers and engine block heaters will also keep temperature-sensitive parts at a higher temperature when the truck is not in use so it can still start. To ensure tires are in top shape, truck drivers should monitor their pressure frequently and take the vehicle in for maintenance if they get below the manufacturer-recommended level.
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