The best way to prevent long-term and costly problems with your vehicle is to keep up with its preventative maintenance schedule. One major key to successfully making sure you are doing all you need to do is to read your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Regardless of your vehicle’s make or model, its owner’s manual will contain a maintenance schedule. Every make and model is different, and standby beliefs such as “You have to change your oil every 3,000 miles,” may not apply to your car.
The maintenance schedule within your owner’s manual is provided by the people who understand your vehicle the best—the company that built it. The manufacturer provides suggestions for how often you need to change your oil, filters, driving belts, timing belts and more.
While some preventative maintenance—such as topping off fluids—can be performed by the vehicle’s owner, other, more complicated procedures should be done by experts like the team at 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment. Our team can keep your vehicle in top shape by performing the following maintenance:
- Inspecting and replacing timing belts (preventing damage to other accessories)
- Inspecting and replacing serpentine belts (preventing damage to other accessories)
- Checking and changing oil
- Checking, repairing and replacing battery connection components
- Checking and replacing batteries
- Checking and replacing cabin air filters
This can keep your car comfortable during the hot summer months.
- Checking and replacing your engine air filter
You may need to replace your engine air filter more frequently if you drive in stop-and-go traffic or have a long commute.
- Checking and replacing spark plugs
- Tire rotation
This helps ensure even wear on your tires, which can help prevent blowouts and leaking. It also helps make your ride smoother.
- Tire balancing
Balancing your tires prevents wear, which can significantly improve their life and save you money.
- Wheel alignment
By following your vehicle’s owner’s manual and having your vehicle inspected and maintained regularly, you can greatly reduce problems and save money in the long run. Let the expert team at 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment help your vehicle stay in good condition.
Preventative maintenance helps ensure the longevity and success of your fleet vehicles. Inspections, repairs and maintenance help prevent small problems from becoming larger ones, which in the end helps your bottom line. If you only take in your vehicles when a problem becomes prevalent enough to notice, this can lead to more down time, which leads to less time on the road and a drastic decrease in productivity.
Effective preventative maintenance programs, such as the ones offered by 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment, include:
- A checklist of tasks performed
- Preventative maintenance schedules
- Inspection results
- Driver-noted issues
- Trained professional technicians
One of the most effective ways to make sure your fleet vehicles are maintained properly is to have its oil changed regularly.Engine oil is what lubricates your fleet vehicles’ engines, allowing them to run smoothly and last longer. Fleet owners must maintain their vehicles’ engines by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their vehicles’ makes and models. The necessary frequency of oil changes has become a point of contention among experts. The best course of action is to check the owner’s manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations. If the “check engine oil” light comes on while driving, this is a strong indication that the truck is running low on oil. If this happens, bring your vehicle to 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment, where we will not only add oil but also check the vehicle for leaks.
The battery in your fleet vehicle provides electrical currents, which are necessary to start the engine. Most vehicle batteries need to be replaced every few years, depending on the conditions in which you drive. Extreme weather, continued use of vehicle accessories and other conditions can lead to shorter battery life. Over time, your battery loses juice, and you may need to occasionally jump-start your vehicle in order to get it running. If your vehicle is showing signs of lessened battery life, such as delayed start time, you may need to get your battery replaced. The expert team at 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment can examine, diagnose and replace your battery as needed. You can trust us to service your battery and, if necessary, help you find and install the perfect new battery for your vehicle.
Your fleet vehicle needs to run cleanly and smoothly in order to ensure a safe, comfortable drive. One of the best ways to make sure your fleet vehicle’s engine runs well is to regularly replace its filters. Oil filters and air filters must be replaced at regular intervals in order to allow your engine to run at its maximum capacity and continue to carry large, heavy loads. By setting up a maintenance schedule with the team at 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment, you can make sure your filters are always replaced on time.
In addition to replacing filters, you need to make sure the fluids in your fleet vehicle’s engine are both at the right levels and the right consistency. Neglecting to regularly change the coolant, antifreeze and other fluids within your truck’s engine can lead to slower and more difficult driving. The experts at 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment will check your vehicle’s fluid levels and conditions and replace or refill them as needed.
The first step to making sure you have a successful fleet is to make sure it is always performing its best. Regular maintenance keeps you and your vehicle ahead of the curve and can help prevent expensive problems from arising. The expert team at 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment will exceed your expectations and make sure your fleet vehicles are always road-ready.
The team at 1st Out Specialty Vehicles & Equipment can help you put together a maintenance schedule to make sure your fleet vehicle is always road-ready. Our experts will review your vehicle’s owner’s manual to ensure its parts are always replaced or maintained as needed, preventing costly problems.
Seasonal change can present unique fleet vehicle issues. Whether it’s overheating in the scorching summer sun or electrical issues in the winter, you want to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the changing temperatures. Our team can change fluids and replace parts to keep your vehicle extreme-temperature-ready.