You may feel like you know your truck inside out, but it’s extremely vital that you recognize the importance of some of the smallest, and seemingly insignificant parts of your vehicle.
There are some things in your truck that you rely on everyday without even thinking about it.
Here are three things in your truck that you should never neglect or fail to maintain. Each has a special function and is essential for keeping you, and your truck, on the road.
- Gas strut
Also referred to as gas springs, gas lifts and adjustable struts, these small fittings are a common component of automobile and trucks.
Unlike a regular spring, this small device uses compressed gas to exert a much greater force. For this reason, they are used to support the extreme weights of trucks doors and are in use every day when you drive your truck. Should they become bent or damaged, it’s important that a strut is replaced quickly. UK based companies such as WDS Ltd supply replacement gas springs and struts, as do US based suppliers such as Ameritool.
- Oil Pan
Sometimes referred to as a sump, the function of this crucial engine part is the same, regardless of name. It’s used to hold the precious oil the engine needs to stay lubricated and functioning properly. Without it, things would simply grind to a halt and you wouldn’t be going anywhere fast.
Traditionally, oil pans were made of heavy metal, although modern technology has proposed lightweight plastic as a more effective option. The material used for these new designs was created by DuPont – you can read more about this innovative technology here – and is credited as being 50 per cent lighter than standard metal pans. It’s better for fuel economy and even reduces noise levels.
When you consider that your average trucker is covering around 400 miles per day – that’s over 120,000 miles per year – it becomes apparent how important the tires of a truck are.
As well as ensuring that the tires on your truck are appropriate for your vehicle and the loads you bear, it’s important that you carry out effective maintenance and checks. That includes looking for any damage and checking the tread and air pressure of your truck’s tires. Take a look at these top 10 tips for truck tire safety, created by Michelin Americas Truck Tires, for more advice on taking care of this important part of your truck.
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