Whether you are working from home, sheltering in place or doing your part to help the environment, the bottom line is that you are driving less. Instead of being on the road every day, your vehicle is sitting still in the driveway or hanging out in the garage, and you are saving a ton of money on diesel fuel.
You might think that driving less would mean less maintenance for your diesel truck, but that does not mean you can ignore your truck altogether. Even while it is sitting still, your vehicle could be subject to hidden damage, issues that only become apparent when you get back behind the wheel, by maintaining your truck while you’re driving less, you can prevent having to visit a diesel mechanic for repairs when you need to start using your truck regularly again.
If you want your diesel truck to be there for you when you need it, you need to take care of its needs now. Even if you are driving less, you still need to maintain your truck the right way. Here are some timeply tips to keep your truck in tip-top shape when you are driving less.
Keep Up With Your Oil Changes
When you are driving to work every day, those oil change intervals come around pretty fast, but what about when you are working from home? If the number of miles you are driving has suddenly plummeted, you may think you can forget those regular oil changes.
Unfortunately, your truck still needs regular oil changes, even when it does not move much. Over time, the oil in the crankcase will thicken up, and that will reduce its ability to lubricate the moving parts in your engine. You should pay close attention to the mileage and time requirements recommended by the manufacturer of your truck, ie. changing the oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles.
Park In The Garage If You Can
Now that you are working from home and driving less, you can finally clean out the garage. When you are done, your truck will have a secure place to spend the night, and you could end up spending less on wear and tear and general maintenance.
Parking your diesel truck in the garage has a number of inherent benefits, including protection from the animals that might otherwise build a nest under the hood or chew on the wiring. Keeping your vehicle garaged will also protect the paint from the harsh rays of the sun, preventing fading and helping the finish last longer.
Some tasks are best done regularly, and a monthly routine is ideal. While you might think that not much changes from month to month, once a problem develops it can deteriorate rapidly. Checking each month helps you spot potential issues quickly to keep any damage to a minimum.
- Check your tires for worn, damaged, or bulging spots, and also check they’re inflated to the correct pressure. Tires in poor condition have a huge impact on handling, and can be highly dangerous if you need to react quickly and decisively while driving.
- Open the hood and check for or swollen hoses. These items are easy and inexpensive to replace, but the costs of a failure while driving will often be much higher.
- Also check the visible belts and connectors for fraying or excessive wear.
- Check your oil level and top up if necessary. If you find you’re topping it up more months than not, then check for signs of leaks. A lack of oil is extremely bad news for your engine, shortening its life drastically.
- Lastly, check your coolant levels and top up if needed. In the colder half of the year, make sure your antifreeze levels are adequate at the same time; don’t leave this until frost actually arrives or the damage could already be done.