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Truck Maintenance Tips to Ensure Peak Performance

Regularly change your oil and filters
When it comes to truck maintenance, you should frequently clean and change your oil in order to protect your truck’s engine. Engine oil can become contaminated with the likes of debris and dust. Should this happen, your engine is unable to do its job properly.

When you are unsure, check your owner’s manual to see how often you need to get your oil changed. For example, 2008 models, needs their oil changed every 7,500 miles or every 6 months. For 2007 models, change your oil every 5,000 miles or every 6 months.

Also, when you frequently carry heavy loads, drive at low speeds for extended periods of time, drive continuously in dusty conditions, or need to drive off-road on a regular basis, you will need to change your oil more often.

Also, your engine needs clean air. So when you change your oil, remember to change the filters, including the air filters. Oil and filters are critical to your truck’s performance, so remember to include them in your maintenance schedule.

Check fluid levels
In addition to the above, you need to regularly check your engines coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid.

Engine coolant prevents your engine from becoming too hot or from freezing. Which is why keeping your engine at optimal temperature levels is vital for your engine’s performance, in addition to reducing any issues that are associated with extreme temperatures.

Your trucks power steering fluid is considered hydraulic fluid. Which means it is responsible for the continued movement of numerous components in your truck’s steering system. Changing this will help to prolong the life of other power-steering components, such as the power-steering pump and the steering rack. For all your truck maintenance needs please call America's Truck and Trailer Repair in Salem, OR now at (503) 884-3881.