Every vehicle owner knows how tempting it can be to put off inspections unless an issue arises. However, a maintained fleet is a safer fleet. No matter what type of vehicle you’re driving, you’ll want to ensure that it runs well for years to come by keeping up with routine car maintenance and inspection. At Vanaxle, we’re proud to work on vehicles from small passenger cars to medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, including RVs, trailers and fifth wheels in the Fraser Valley, BC.
Why Commercial Vehicle Maintenance Is Important
Cars and trucks are intricate machines in need of regular care in order to properly function. This is especially important if you use them as a regular part of your business. After all, the safety of your employees and fleet is of utmost importance. We know that you want your commercial vehicles to perform at their absolute best. Not only will this help extend the life of your fleet, but it reduces the need for expensive vehicle repairs down the road.
Basic Check-Ups You Can Do Yourself
You don’t have to be an auto mechanic to keep your car well-maintained. There are a few regular cleaning and maintenance habits that you can do to keep your trucks looking and running like brand new. Keep these tips in mind as you go through your cleaning and inspection process.
What to Check Monthly
- Engine light
- Headlights and tail lights
- Clean the interior and exterior
What to Check Every 3 Months/3,000 Miles
- Windshield washer fluid
- All lights inside and out
- Engine oil and filter
- Power steering fluid
- Tire pressure and tire treads
What to Check Every 6 Months/6,000 Miles
In addition to the above preventative maintenance, you’ll want to do complete these checks:
- Windshield wiper blades
- Car battery and cables
- Polish the exterior
What to Check Every 12 Months/12,000 Miles
- Brake system
- Coolant/antifreeze levels
- Steering and suspension
Completing Your Fleet Inspection
Taking proper care of your vehicles is essential for managing and maintaining a productive business. A final follow-up inspection afterward will give you peace of mind that you’re ready to hit the road. It will be beneficial to keep your fleet free from garbage and make sure that everything is wiped down. It may also help to regularly pressure wash the exterior of your vehicle to keep up its visual appeal.
When your vehicle isn’t performing as it should, then you know it’s time to schedule an inspection. Issues like a lack of acceleration, wheel misalignment, and other problems are signs you won’t want to ignore. Be sure to keep track of any issues that might need to be addressed by experienced professionals.
Reliable Service from Experienced Professionals
If you’re overdue for routine maintenance, it might time to schedule an appointment for your commercial vehicle with Vancouver Axle & Frame. We’re proud of our enduring history of quality and professional services for our customers. Our knowledgeable, friendly and experienced team of mechanics will go the extra mile for every client that we serve. We want to be your first call for preventative maintenance and a thorough inspection of your vehicles.