If you drive a big rig, auto maintenance is essential to optimal performance and safety. Harsh winter conditions can do a number on your vehicle, so as the weather warms up, take some time to inspect it and prepare it for the change of seasons. Here are a few tips to help you hit the road with confidence this spring.
How to Prepare Your Truck for the Spring
1. Clean the Undercarriage
Sand and salt can accumulate on your truck’s undercarriage over the course of the winter. If left unaddressed, this type of buildup will contribute to corrosion.
As soon as it stops snowing for the season, take your rig to a car wash or auto maintenance shop that offers undercarriage cleaning.
2. Address the Tires
If you add chains to regular tires to drive in the winter, the added pressure will inevitably impact them.
Visit an auto maintenance shop to inspect their tread depth, wear pattern, alignment, and pressure. You may need to get a two-wheel alignment or tire rotation to fix uneven wear, or replace the units altogether. If you’ve relied on winter tires, now is the time to have them switched back to all-season versions.
3. Replace the Floor Mats
Your vehicle’s floor mats may have deteriorated considerably since the beginning of the winter. Snow, ice, sand, and salt can wear on even the most durable plastic and rubber surfaces.
To protect the flooring of your truck from corrosion and prevent torn pieces from getting lodged under the pedals, have any worn mats replaced.
For durable floor mats, synthetic motor oil, or any other truck essentials this spring, head to Power & Transmission Inc. in Fairbanks, AK. Since 1972, this veteran-owned shop has been serving truckers across Alaska. Boasting a vast inventory of interior and exterior parts and accessories from leading manufacturers, they have all the products you need to stay safe on the road year-round. Visit their website to learn more about their offerings, or call (907) 456-2230 to ask what they have in stock.