Get Ready For Summer
For equipment and fleet operators, summer often means dealing with heat, dust, rain and an accelerated maintenance schedule due to increased operation. After all, the summer months are when many companies, especially construction companies, go all-out to make their year. Summer brings unique challenges for mechanics who need to keep their fleets working – here are some areas that need special attention when the weather gets hot.
The number one source of breakdowns in summer months is overheating. The cooling system is often overlooked on hard-working vehicles. At minimum, coolant should be flushed and changed every two years and all hoses and components of the system should undergo inspection.
Summer maintenance schedules often call for thicker viscosity engine oils to help deal with increased engine heat and engine wear.
Refer to your equipment’s service requirements and choose engine oil that fits the specifications. Often quality synthetic oil is the best choice as they are typically more stable at extreme temperatures.
Winter means salt and road spray, but summer brings visibility challenges as well. Dead bugs, dirt, tree sap and other tough-to-clean things on the windshield can make it almost impossible to see the road. It takes a lot of windshield wash to maintain visibility so make sure reservoirs are kept full of effective windshield wash to maintain clean glass.
Keep the Shine
Keeping vehicles clean and dirt-free during busy summer schedules can be equally as challenging as winter. Your fleet is your calling card, and keeping vehicles looking their best is important.