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5 Ways to Keep Older Trucks on the Road Longer

Posted on 08/12/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson  |  0 Comments

5 Ways to Keep Older Trucks on the Road Longer

What can fleet managers do to prolong the life of their older fleet trucks? According to Business Fleet, certain modifications to older trucks can help them burn less fuel and run smoother. Here are 5 ways to maximize fuel efficiency in older trucks to keep them on the road longer:

1. Overcompensate on oil changes. Maintenance is crucial. Synthetic motor oil is recommended for fleet vehicles because it actually maintains its lubricating properties longer. Although this method is costly, it will save you more in the long haul. 

2. Upgrade to a high-flow exhaust system and high-flow air filter. If you need to replace any parts of your exhaust system, you should look into purchasing a high-flow aftermarket exhaust system.  If a vehicle isn’t running efficiently, even after a tune-up, you should check the exhaust system for weak pipes and rust. Some high-flow replacement filers maintain airflow even when dirty.

3. Monitor your spark plugs. If you have iridium or platinum spark plugs, it’s important to change them at 60,000 miles. If you have copper plugs, change them every 7,000 miles. Spark plugs can tell you a lot about what’s going on in an internal combustion engine.

4. Buy the right tires and check tire pressure often. It’s recommended to buy a good all-weather light truck tire for those not in severe winter climates. Did you know tires can affect gas mileage by up to 10%? Be sure to maintain proper tire pressure and routinely check it. 

5. Add helper springs. Suspension is very important but often overlooked. A maxed out suspension will put a tremendous amount of pressure on tires, which will lead to tire wear-and-tear. Auxiliary metal springs or air springs provide better support when a truck is carrying a heavy load.   

In addition to the helpful tips above, you can keep older trucks running smoothly with the help of a fleet management solution. Fleet tracking technology offers features like automated maintenance scheduling, which allows you to set up and receive automatic reminders when it’s time for maintenance. This “set it and forget it” type of model helps you keep track of vehicle maintenance without the hassle. 

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