There’s an age-old saying that still holds true today: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That applies to so many different areas of life and work, but especially to preventative maintenance on truck fleets. After all, neglecting your maintenance program could lead to unexpected breakdowns, astronomical repair bills, and, worst of all, critical accidents.
Clearly, preventative maintenance (PM) services play a key role in keeping your fleet on the road and your drivers safe. In the following article, we’ll discuss what preventative maintenance is, which tasks and services are typically included in a PM program, and how LubeZone can help make your PM efforts a success.
Simply put, preventative maintenance is systematic maintenance designed to prevent problems from occurring in the first place rather than fix problems that already exist. Preventative maintenance is especially vital for trucking companies. In fact, the federal government mandates that each motor carrier and intermodal equipment provider (i.e., a company that provides trailers and contracts with carriers to transport them) have a systematic maintenance program in place.
The three main pillars of preventative maintenance are:
There are several inspection, maintenance, and repair services that fit under the umbrella of a preventative maintenance program. Of course, some issues are more common than others (e.g., bad alternators, brakes that require servicing/replacement, leaking hoses, and so forth). However, an effective PM program should encompass all of a truck’s maintenance needs.
Here are just a few of the key services that are part of many preventative maintenance programs:
The intervals between these services will also vary, depending on whether your trucks are running normal routes, or are performing severe duty.
It can be difficult to keep track of all of your preventative maintenance needs. Even after you identify the tasks that need to be done, it can be challenging to find the time to handle them properly.
This is where LubeZone comes into the picture. We are committed to providing time-saving, high-quality preventative maintenance services to semi-truck drivers and fleet carriers, no appointment necessary. With our minimal wait times and our wide range of services, we can help you to fill important maintenance needs in the most efficient way possible.
Some of our services include:
In summary, preventative maintenance services should play a big part in your fleet management; and our team at LubeZone can make your PM program easier and more convenient than ever before. Stop at one of our Truck Lube Centers today, or reach out to us to learn more about the services we offer, and how we can help. Our team is standing by to assist!
LubeZone is the fastest growing dedicated semi-truck service in the United States with locations in Texas, California, Oklahoma and Georgia. Our preventative maintenance solutions are designed to get the professional driver back on the road FAST.