With the change of seasons heading our way, we want to remind you of some of the basic maintenance items. Regardless of what kind of truck you have, these things should be done or checked with every season change.
Change your oil every 3 months or at the recommended mileage. Heat breaks down oil, and it can become gummy or watery. When this happens, it can’t lubricate properly. The longer it's in the engine, the dirtier it gets. Replacing old oil with new fixes all these problems. The fresh oil lubricates and cools the engine better. When you flush the old oil out, you also flush away the dirt and grit. Make sure to replace the filter at the same time. There is no better thing you can do for your engine.
It is a great time to check the transmission fluid. It should be changed at around 45,000 mile intervals, but make sure to check your owner’s manual. This is one of the most over looked maintenance items there is.
Your coolant does not need to be changed very often, but it is a good time to check the level and the temperature range. Make sure to not mix types of coolant. Easy way to keep it straight is to not mix colors. Easy.
Miscellaneous fluids should be check at this time. Differentials, transfer case, brake fluid (should be changed every 2 years) and washer fluid.
Check and rotate your tires. The air pressure in your tires will change with the changing temperatures, and to keep your fuel mileage at its best, keep your tires filled to the specification that is listed on your door tag (not on the tire). Rotating them regularly will help get the most miles out of them. While your tires are off, have your brakes checked. This is also the right time to have your alignment checked and corrected if needed. This will show if you need any front suspension work, and may save your tires as well.
TUNE UP and FILTERS
Most newer trucks don’t need a tune up as often as older trucks, but this is the time to check. Check your mileage and compare it to the recommended schedule. While you are still under the hood, check all your filters. Air, fuel, breather and your PVC valve (if equipped). Change if needed.
With the weather changing, don’t forget the things not listed on your maintenance schedule, like your battery, windshield, wipers, belts, hoses and lights.
Don’t let your truck down, and it won’t let you down. Keep in mind, check your owner’s manual for specific times and mileage intervals for all questions you have. There is a maintenance schedule listed, and should be followed to the letter.