Avoiding Department Of Transportation Fines With Our Spring Special!
It looks like warm weather has finally returned, and as the old saying goes, that means it’s time for our second-longest Canadian season: construction! Trucks, rollers, pavers, cranes, and all kinds of other vehicles will be out in force in the coming months, working hard and doing what they do best.
But many of those vehicles have been sitting idle for several months, as the cold weather really blasted Calgary this year. That means all the hoses, pipes, and connections could have suffered damage over that time, and even the quality of the fluids inside the tanks and reservoirs could be reduced. And having a vehicle with multiple issues isn’t the kind of spring start you likely envisioned.
While you may think it’s not a big deal, and that you can get everything checked out down the road or as it flares up to give you trouble, here’s the thing. The Department of Transportation also knows all of this, and they’re ready to go on a spring roadside safety blitz, with checkstops popping up all over. And if there’s one piece of advice we can offer, it’s this: don’t start your season with hefty fines and lost time because you didn’t properly prep your heavy equipment, machinery, or trucks to be safe on the road!
Because of the nature of their work, safety standards can be very strict around this kind of equipment, and the DOT doesn’t take chances. Even small issues – like a functioning headlight that has a crack or hole in it – can be enough to shut you down due to the possibility of causing an accident later on, and some of these are so minor that you wouldn’t necessarily catch them on a simple walkaround.
It may sound like we’re exaggerating or fearmongering, but we simply want our clients to be able to do their jobs and get home safe to their families at the end of every day. That’s why West Tech Mobile has set up a Spring Special deal (details listed below), just for people like you – an all-in-one package designed to go over your vehicle’s systems and parts and ensure that it’s all in good shape for the season ahead. Tire pressure, lights, leaks from hoses, electrical connections…we’ll make sure you’re road-ready and have nothing to fear from a sudden checkstop on the highway.
With this kind of preventative maintenance, it’s much easier to pay once and have peace of mind than to be stuck footing a tow bill and a day of lost productivity, or to have something go wrong when you’re far away from home, out in the oilfield of northern Alberta, or outside any of the major cities and towns. It’s always better to catch and fix little problems, before they become big headaches.
Call West Tech Mobile in the industrial area of southeast Calgary today to find out more about our Spring Special – it doesn't take much time and you’ll be very glad you did!
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DEFs and California Truck Regulations
There’s a misconception that being a trucker is easy – that you just get comfy and drive around in the sunshine, with your favourite music playing and the wide open road ahead. And while it has moments like that, it’s still a job. A job that’s done in all conditions, rain or shine, with long stretches away from home and your family. A job with rules, laws, safety protocols, and plenty of paperwork that follows you everywhere you go.
Government regulation of the trucking industry varies across provinces and states, with some being stricter than others on things like maintenance, scheduling, and emission standards. California is well known for being among the strictest places in North America when it comes to these laws, and has been for many years.
Starting in 2008, the California government began mandating that trucks had to systematically upgrade their engines and equipment, and install new tech in order to increase aerodynamics and lessen friction – at the truckers’ own cost, naturally. While such modifications may end up saving money in the long run, and are not a bad idea in theory, it is a lot of money to invest up front into a fleet of vehicles all at once. From 2012 to 2020, all trucks have to periodically swap out older parts for newer ones that would meet the ever-higher standards from the government.
One of the biggest changes, though, was the mandatory installation of diesel particulate filters. These after-market filters scrub out some particulates from the exhaust vents of the engine, keeping the worst of the soot pollutants out of the air – but they can be very expensive (into the thousands of dollars), unmodifiable (once it’s on, it cannot legally be removed or tampered with), and if not properly maintained can hamper the performance of your vehicle. Again, this is not a bad policy per se – but just this step, retrofitting a fleet with these devices, can rack up six-figure price tags.
Which brings us to the main point: starting next year, any truck built before 2010 that does not have an upgraded engine – yes, the whole engine – will be denied registration in California. And not only that, as technology changes over time, this consistent upgrade will be an ongoing process that doesn’t stop, costing truck owners time, money, and stress every year for the foreseeable future.
We’re not against environmental regulations here at West Tech Mobile, but we are against a system that unduly punishes the hardworking truck drivers and equipment operators that make our economy run. Just when it seems like they’re catching up to the “way things are”, that way changes and they have to shell out again to avoid costly fines and penalties.
The onus should be on the governing body to do the research into this technology they’re introducing, and making sure that it’s long-lasting enough to make the transitions and installations worth the effort. Beyond that, it seems unfair to pin the entire cost on the industry – since their whole business model depends on being able to drive their trucks, and they have literally no choice but to pay up or go out of business. Framed that way, it doesn’t seem like a very helpful move, does it?
So you know what West Tech thinks – but what do you think? Are regulatory bodies like the ones in California overstepping their bounds and costing truck drivers thousands in unnecessary costs? Or is all of this a step in the right direction for the industry, with no alternative way to subsidize the rising prices of being a trucker? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
On-site Truck And Equipment Inspections
The trucks, tractor-trailers and other heavy equipment with which we work have the potential to cause some major damage if they malfunction while moving – and that’s why there’s a rigorous set of inspections that need to be followed and kept current for them. But not all inspections are born equal, and today we’re going to talk about some of the different types, especially the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP), and where they can be performed.
Let’s start with preventative maintenance. Don’t be fooled – while we believe this is just as necessary as any mandatory inspections, it doesn’t officially count as one. These “in-between” inspections can be done either on-site or in our shop, and will help you get the most efficiency, life, and safety out of your engine and other components. They are not, however, meant to replace the strict procedures of official inspections at regular intervals.
Quarterly inspections, PDIs (pre-delivery inspections), and PPIs (pre-purchase inspections) are next up, and each of those can be done easily on the job site, minimizing lost time and productivity. It’s a good setup, because it means less stress about manoeuvring equipment around when you’ve already got a busy schedule, and having West Tech Mobile come to you is a perfect solution. We can also do repair inspections out of the shop – on the road, on a job site, etc. We’ll assess the situation and help make sure everything is safely working as it should.
This isn’t just limited to trucks, either. We can do these inspections on cranes, manlifts, jackstands, heavy machinery, and so on, all on-site and without further interfering with your logistics. This is possible because we have a professional engineer in our staff, experienced with everything including basic inspections, annual certifications, checkups, and structural magnetic particle inspections.
It’s important to know, though, that we (and everyone) cannot legally do CVIP inspections outside of a licensed facility, with a licensed inspector. While there are several reasons for this, the main one is that a lot of the necessary tools to do the full process cannot be moved from the facility. Since there are such stringent rules about CVIPs, it’s not something you want to rush, anyway – it’s the kind of thing you’ll want to plan ahead for so that it’s done well and done correctly.
If you’re overdue for any of these inspections (or if you simply want to make sure everything in your vehicle is functioning as it should), give West Tech Mobile a call today. If it’s possible, we’ll come to you, and if you have to come in to our shop, you’ll find that you’re leaving your equipment in very capable hands. We look forward to helping you get the most out of every bit of mileage.
How You Can Keep Your Cab Temperature Livable Without Idling Your Truck.
In recent years, a new trend of anti-idling laws has cropped up in many places around the world, and Alberta could be next in line. These laws are meant to reduce waste and emissions from vehicles that are idling for long periods of time – affecting everything from long-haul trucks at rest stops to the huge cargo ships waiting in a port. The laws are for a good reason, but they often fail to account for the reason why the vehicles are idling in the first place: the weather outside can be extreme, and it’s often quite literally unsafe to be in a vehicle without heating or cooling for several hours.
In the winter, temperatures down to -40º C can only be kept at bay by running a heater in the cab. And in the summer months, when outside temperatures can reach +40º C or higher, a truck’s interior can heat up 10-15 degrees beyond that in just an hour – an absolutely fatal temperature for anyone inside. The conventional way of cooling the cab of a truck is usually with the truck running and using the diesel and electrical system of the truck. Getting the cold air off of the truck systems is a more complex process and requires a compressor to compress your refrigerant; so what is the solution to this considering idling laws are against running trucks in this fashion? That’s where Autoclima comes in.
Designed to be a workaround for anti-idling laws, Autoclima is a battery-powered technology that uses your daytime driving to charge itself and allows you to run air conditioning without having to start your engine. With up to 8 hours of battery life, it’s the perfect way to save fuel while keeping your cab at the perfect climate, and it won’t drain your engine’s battery either. Whether you’re at a lonely rest stop along the Coquihalla highway, or pulled over at a busy gas station outside of a major southern city, you can be sure you’re following any regional anti-idling laws while also staying comfortable – at any time, and in any season.
The Autoclima units can even be adapted to units that were built without A/C – such as older vehicles or big heavy equipment like trackhoes or tractors. It’s simple and quick, and will keep drivers happy during long hot days spent on the road or in the field. And since they run off batteries instead of fuel, your fuel costs will go down since engines will no longer need to idle to keep you sitting comfortably in hot weather conditions.
If you want the freedom and potential that Autoclima provides, look no further than West Tech Mobile! We can install and set up everything for you, keeping you in line with the law so you are saving engine hours and diesel fuel while silently using the free cold air on the days and nights you need it. We’re located in southeast Calgary, near 52 St and Peigan Trail, and from there we can do service all across southern Alberta with our fleet of mobile service vehicles. Contact us today to find out more!
Winter Stopping Components
We’ve already had a few blasts of winter weather here in Calgary, and as the season goes on, there’s bound to be days where you can’t avoid hitting the roads, even when they’re covered in ice. Modern vehicles have all kinds of safety systems built in to help you keep control on slick surfaces – but they rely on proper maintenance and upkeep in order to work their best and do what they’re meant to.
One of these systems is traction control, which is a real-time analysis of how your wheels are moving and whether they are getting any traction on road surfaces. The computers send power back and forth from one wheel to another to try and maximize friction and grip along the road surface, leaving you with (hopefully) better chances of not ending up stuck in a snowbank, or skidding out on the side of the road. Your heads-up display (HUD) on the dashboard should have lights or other indicators to show that the system is working, when your wheels are spinning on gravel, ice, dirt, etc. – and if not, then you know there’s an issue somewhere along the line.
Another system is your shock absorbers, which allow your tires to keep better contact with the ground while driving through rough or bumpy terrain. However, like all good things, they don’t last forever, and when they start to wear away, your driving experience can be significantly lessened: not only will your ride be bumpier and rougher, but factors like your stopping distance will be increased as well. Because bad shocks are less effective at keeping your tires down on the road surface, during a hard brake the rubber is likely to actually lift up off of it as the weight and momentum of the car builds up and releases again and again. From there, it’s simple math – less contact with the road, more time to stop. In fact, depending on speed, it can take an additional 15-20 feet to stop if your shocks are worn down, and in a potential crash situation, that can literally be the difference between life and death.
To know if your shocks are nearing the end of their usefulness, look for some common warning signs: besides the warning light on your HUD, listen for bumps or squeaks when you brake or drive over rough terrain; uneven wear on the tires; loose hardware at the connection points; or leaking fluid or increased wetness around the shield by the shock. A little bit of attention goes a long way!
As for anti-lock braking systems (ABS), they operate by preventing your wheels from locking up and skidding along a surface when the brake pedal is held. This allows for improved steering in a skid and less wear on the friction points when emergency brakes are held. In these systems, the computers track wheel speed, hydraulic pressure, air pressure, and other factors, and if they cross certain thresholds in combination – like when the hydraulic pressure increases while going highway speed – then the ABS system kicks in. It will input and remove pressure from the system, increasing and decreasing the braking ability, to allow for maximum control at the most efficient stopping speed.
There’s no doubt that these systems are great, and that their implementation has revolutionized the safety of the vehicles they are in. But they are all dependent on proper maintenance in order to function, and require systematic checks to make sure they are operating at their best potential. Don’t wait until the snow falls again, or an accident almost takes you out, before you think about what’s going on in your engine and throughout your vehicle. Be proactive, get everything looked at, and save yourself trouble and worry by knowing that you’re doing all you can in order to be safe on the road.
At West Tech Mobile, we are certified to inspect these systems and many others, and our knowledgeable technicians can make sure you’re roadworthy, even in our rough Alberta winters. With our fleet of service vehicles, we can even come to you for an added layer of convenience. Contact us today to find out more, and stay safe out there.
Fifth Wheel Safety and Maintenance
If you’re a truck driver or a heavy equipment operator – or even if you’re just someone who loves to camp! – then chances are good that you’re familiar with fifth-wheel configurations. These setups, in which a trailer is hooked into the tractor or semi by a “kingpin” held in place in the centre of a disc or other mechanism, are very common and can be seen all over the roads you travel.
There are many different kinds of fifth-wheel connectors. Aside from the common vertical pin type that you’ll likely see on semis and tractor-trailers, there are also pintle hitches, which use a hook and a ring to allow greater flexibility on rough terrain; gooseneck hitches, which are used in pickup truck beds to pull campers and horse trailers; ball hitches, which usually attach to the back end of a truck for a variety of towing needs, and low-mount car-haulers – kind of like miniature flatbeds. With so much variation in style and capability, it’s easy for some telltale signs of danger or incorrect weight distribution to go unnoticed. And that means bad news!
It’s fairly obvious what will happen if your fifth-wheel detaches while you’re driving, and it is improperly attached or maintained – the trailer will drop, with no way to stop or steer it! If it’s heavy and you’re going highway speeds, that can spell catastrophic danger for anyone around, and virtually guarantees a trailer that will soon be smashed into scrap metal. This is a headache that you absolutely want to avoid, for many more reasons than we could list here.
It pays to be familiar with the different styles of connectors, and what their benefits and disadvantages are in terms of weight distribution, capability on different terrains, etc. Make sure you are familiar with handling before you set out on a long trip, too. But by far, the most important step you can take is simply to keep up with your maintenance, and make sure there are no underlying problems that will cause a failure.
Always use your senses and do a visual inspection of the connection point, brake lines, safety chains, and other vital places around the truck and trailer, but remember – just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it is! Listen as you drive for anything that sounds out of place: do you hear binding or snapping sounds, especially around corners? That’s inertia and momentum, throwing weight out of place and putting too much stress in certain areas. Are you finding it difficult to disengage the pin when releasing the fifth wheel? You could be lacking grease, or have misaligned parts. Signs like heavy pitting on the top plate or a wrongly set adjustment rod (on some styles) can indicate big problems further in. And as we’re a fan of saying – use preventative maintenance now, to save time, money and stress later!
Oftentimes, fifth-wheel systems can be rebuilt or repaired for a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire thing. But it all depends on how early you catch any issues, and how well you’ve taken care of your equipment over the many miles along the road. You don’t want to be stranded on the roadside, at best, or – at worst – cause a major accident that could have lethal consequences for you or someone else.
If you want to be sure that your trailer is working at its best, bring it to West Tech Mobile for an inspection – or let us come to you with one of our fully equipped service trucks. We may not find anything major, and in fact, we hope we don’t, but when it comes to safety, there’s no substitute for doing it right!
Trucking Accidents Change Lives
Driving has become so commonplace now that we often forget just how dangerous it can be. While safety precautions have come a long way since the first motor vehicles appears at the turn of the 20th century, one of the most effective precautions a driver can have is to simply be prepared and know that everything under the hood is performing well. After all, even minor road accidents can have life-altering consequences – or even worse, ones that end a life altogether.
These dangers increase even more when bigger, heavier trucks or other machinery is involved: with more mass, they take longer to slow and stop when moving, and they cause much more damage when they hit something smaller.
Many factors contribute to accidents when out on the road, beyond the usual blame of weather or unforeseen circumstances. When it comes to collisions between passenger cars and trucks, statistically what happens most often is that the cars veer into the truck’s lane and end up hitting the front, or getting caught beneath the side or rear bumper of the trailer. (The last one is especially dangerous, as the frames of those bumpers collapse when a vehicle breaks it, falling onto a smaller car with deadly results.) While it can be tempting to blame the passenger car drivers for these accidents, inspections have shown that about 75% of the trucks involved had defects that contributed to the final crash.
A report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that a truck with an “out-of-service” violation from a Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP) is four times more likely to be in a crush incident than trucks without. These violations can be issued for problems like faulty brakes, fraying tire sidewalls, worn shocks, burned-out headlights, and improper tail or brake lights. Faulty brakes alone can triple the risk of being involved in a crush, and worn shock absorbers can add meters of stop time to a fast-moving rig – which could literally mean the difference between life and death.
Furthermore, there is only so much a truck driver can do once on the road – they will accommodate extra space for longer braking (on average, about 40% more than passenger cars), and are more careful around intersections and other vehicles. But once up to highway speed and making split-second decisions, it comes down to the mechanical parts of the truck itself. That’s why we want you to be prepared before you even start the engine – so you won’t find yourself in the ditch after an accident.
New technologies are extremely helpful in reducing the risk of a crash. Anti-lock braking systems, for example, allow wheels to spin during hard braking, which improves driver control of a skid and reduces the crush risk up to 65%. Electronic Stability Control, now mandatory on trucks and buses made after August 2017, also mitigates the chances of an uncontrollable truck. And even newer systems, like lane departure warnings, blind spot alarms, and forward collision detection are becoming increasingly common in the battle against automotive accidents.
There’s no substitute for proper inspection and preparation, though, which will ensure your truck is ready for the road and up-to-spec on all its safety systems. West Tech Mobile is a professional CVIP inspection facility, and your safety is our main concern – our technicians will make sure you are as safe as you can possibly be before you leave our shop. And our repairs and recommendations are always made with the utmost quality in mind.
Even if you’re out on the road and run into trouble – please don’t take the risk of trying to drive an unsafe truck. Call West Tech Mobile and our rescue mechanics will come to you in a fully-tooled service vehicle, ready to go the extra mile to reach you and get you home safely to your family. It’s what we do best!
For further information on Truck driving accidents causes and statistics please visit https://www.truckdrivingjobs.com/faq/truck-driving-accidents.html
How Will New Tariffs Affect Your Heavy Truck?
It’s hard to escape the news these days – every radio, TV, website and magazine is blaring headlines about some big bombshell that’s ready to go off. So unless you’ve been living in a cave with your hands over your ears, you’ve probably heard about the ongoing trade disputes between Canada and some other important trade partners.
On one hand, we are in the midst of renegotiating tariffs and trade terms with our largest ally and trader, the United States. NAFTA, a longstanding agreement that regulated the amount of taxes and fees that import/export items had between the three North American countries, is currently being drawn up anew, and what that will mean for our automotive supplies still remains to be seen. On the other hand, one of the world’s – and Canada’s – main suppliers of oil, Saudi Arabia, is now at odds with our government as well, meaning that there could be trouble on the horizon for all Canadians.
So what would this mean for the automotive industry, or any other business dependent on fleets of vehicles and efficient maintenance schedules?
If relationships degrade further, buying parts for your trucks or other heavy equipment could become more expensive, as the cost of import taxes is passed along to the end consumer, or they may even be harder to get in the first place, since many shipping companies will not be able to handle the increased costs and will simply go out of business! And beyond that, a dispute with a major oil supplier would likely mean higher gas and diesel prices and increased freight rates. Not a good scenario, no matter how you look at it!
One possible piece of advice we have for anyone facing this situation: keep up with your preventative maintenance! If parts and transportation become more expensive, then any repair that requires materials to be brought to you will – you guessed it – be more costly. Being able to anticipate these costs and incorporating them into your plans can help mitigate their impact.
Of course, it’s too early to say for sure what the fallout of these trade wars will really be, so we’ll simply have to wait and see as time goes on. Whatever happens, though, West Tech Mobile will be here to give you the best advice, service, and prices on preventative maintenance in Calgary, repairs on your truck or heavy-duty vehicle, and the most up-to-date information in our industry. Contact us today to find out more!
Humboldt Bus Crash and New Alberta Trucking Regulations
Canadians are known for their patriotism, community, and love of hockey – and it’s not often that all three of these combine under the umbrella of a nationwide tragedy. But this was the case back in April when an under-qualified truck driver caused a collision on a rural Saskatchewan highway, killing 16 young hockey players and injuring over a dozen more. And now, due to this accident, the trucking industry guidelines across Alberta are set to change in order to prevent it from happening again.
Here at West Tech Mobile, we’ve been in the business for a long time – and we’ve seen the best and the worst scenarios imaginable when it comes to heavy-duty trucking. The nature of our work means that we must be familiar with every standard, law, guideline, regulation, and permission throughout the province, and since we are trusted to keep our customers safely within them, it is a job that we take very seriously. We are keeping a close eye on how the rules for drivers of heavy equipment, trucks, and passenger vehicles is about to change, so that we can keep every visitor to our shop informed!
One of the biggest changes to the government regulations is the introduction of a reconfigured mandatory training program, which will be implemented early in 2019. This training will apply to anyone seeking a Class 1, 2, or S license, and will require not only a more in-depth technical test, but will likely involve systematic performance and compliance reviews for all new carriers within their first year of operations. In addition, the province will no longer be giving out temporary 60-day safety certificates to newly-registered companies – a move that should eliminate the troublingly common practice of suspended companies changing their name and reopening.
On top of all that, there will be new requirements for training time that must be completed before a potential truck driver can take a tractor-trailer out onto the streets for the first time.
To sum it all up – there’s a lot of change coming! But it should help streamline the skills of the truck drivers on the road, and help avoid horrendous accidents like the Humboldt crash in the process, and that’s something we can all get behind.
It’s important to be aware of your industry and how it’s changing. If you’re unsure of how these new regulations will affect you, your company, your license, etc. then simply give West Tech Mobile a call, or ask us about it the next time you’re in for some preventative maintenance. After all, it’s our job to know the rules inside and out so we can ensure compliance on every unit we work on. There’s no better people to tell you what to expect, than the ones who already know what it will mean.
Find us in southeast Calgary at 5555 51 Ave SE, or use our easy contact page to get a hold of us by phone or email. We’re your most reliable source of direct information on the Alberta trucking industry and the new standards coming in 2019. Don’t be left behind – find out more today!
UPDATE (October 23, 2018): Earlier this month, it was announced that in addition to the charges laid against the driver of the truck in the Humboldt accident, the owner of the trucking company itself, Sukhmander Singh, would also be prosecuted for federal and provincial crimes in relation to the crash. Facing tens of thousands of dollars in fines at a minimum, many of the charges relate to poor maintenance, falsified daily logs, and non-compliance with standard regulations. The importance of proper upkeep, familiarity with the rules of the road, and making sure that you and your vehicle stay safe cannot be overstated! Don’t take the chance – come to West Tech Mobile today and get the peace of mind that comes with a professional team of technicians on your side
CVIP versus Preventative Maintenance
It’s not always easy to maintain a single vehicle that gets used every day, let alone an entire fleet of them. Between dust and debris, bad driving conditions, extreme temperatures, and just plain old wear and tear, it won’t take long to run into trouble somewhere if you’re not keeping up with inspections! Today we’re going to talk about two similar maintenance and inspection routines – different, but each necessary in their own way.
The first one is the CVIP, or Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program. These mandatory inspections have high standards, set by the government, and are intended to ensure that any vehicle on the road is actually worthy of being there! They check out your brakes, steering, structural integrity, emissions systems, and the other parts of your vehicle that keep it running smoothly.
The second is preventative maintenance, or PM. While not strictly mandatory, this routine means you are getting regular check-ups on the overall function of your vehicle – everything from the tires being a little low on air, to the A/C needing a recharge soon, or even the door handle sticking now and then. The whole point of this program is to catch issues when they are small, fix them before they become large, and save you plenty of time and money along the way.
So why are they both needed? Couldn’t either one catch everything at a time?
While they are both done for the performance of your vehicle, CVIP is generally only concerned with the things that would make your driving unsafe, while preventative maintenance will catch any issue, even if it is only cosmetic or simply inconvenient. Beyond that, CVIPs are only done at specific intervals – in some cases, once a year – and let’s just say that there’s plenty that can happen to your vehicle in a year! While the inspection itself may have a fixed cost, if you run into surprises that you weren’t aware of, that cost can balloon substantially when you find them.
By using a consistent PM schedule, you have much more control over your time and money when it comes to what you’re spending on your heavy-duty equipment. Small issues are fixed before they become crippling. Large repairs can sometimes be dealt with in stages, helping to alleviate immediate expenses, and you’ll be aware of anything that might be problematic in the near future, allowing you to budget accordingly. And of course, you get the peace of mind knowing you won’t have any trouble while trying to get your work done, or when you’re heading home after a long day.
Many people wait until their truck is in the shop for a CVIP inspection, and are then blindsided with costs for repairs to joints, chassis parts, or other engine components that they didn’t expect. By using PM to your advantage, you can not only avoid this, but increase the longevity of your vehicle, too! Think of something simple, like engine oil: it’s critical to the function of your engine, but it’s not even one of the criteria in a CVIP inspection. If you’re waiting for them to catch an issue with it, you’ll be waiting a long time – so it’s better to be proactive.
Need even more benefits? Chances are, if you’re concerned about a CVIP, you use your truck or heavy equipment to make a living, and if that vehicle is out of commission for even a few days, you can lose hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars. You’re losing out twice, because you’re not only spending money on repairs, but you’re not making any while the repairs are being done! So if you want to make sure everything is running smooth, get started on preventative maintenance as soon as possible. For example, if you notice some leaky shocks and you get them fixed before they run dry, you just potentially saved thousands of dollars and a whole lot of stress; but if they technically pass the CVIP, and you forget about them for six months until you get pulled over? That’s going to be one big headache.
Just don’t risk it – get going on your preventative maintenance program today, to help make your CVIP routine painless and easy! With West Tech Mobile, we have our top technicians ready to serve you, and we can make sure that your job doesn’t get any harder than it already is. We’re always trying to keep our clients on the road, and giving them helpful tips on how to get the most out of their engines.
Give us a call at 403-265-5699 today to find out more about CVIPs, preventative maintenance/PM, and why we’re one of Calgary’s favourite heavy-duty maintenance shops!