Semi trucks and other vehicles have come a long way since the invention of the combustion engine. From the first simple cars that maxed out at 10 MPH, they’ve developed into huge, specialized machines with thousands of parts, ranging from large industrial equipment to impossibly precise computer components.
As with anything that grows in complexity, these modern machines are also more difficult to maintain and repair – especially if you leave the fix until after there’s already a problem. This will almost always result in additional damage or costlier repairs, as issues can compound and get worse before you even notice they are there. That’s why regular preventative maintenance is so important in keeping your commercial truck, semi, or other big vehicle running at its best.
Benefits of Semi Truck Preventative Maintenance
Have you ever felt a twinge of panic at a roadside inspection booth, unsure if there’s some issue under that hood, waiting to get flagged? Commercial truck maintenance programs stop these headaches in their tracks, and replace it with pure peace of mind.
A 90-day schedule of targeted inspections on your truck is a great way to identify potential issues that will affect its lifespan and reliability. By bringing it in to West Tech Mobile on a regular basis, we can find these issues while they are small, instead of waiting for them to turn into large, costly, and inconvenient repairs. This ensures your unit is safe and ready to go to work when you need it. And yes, when your vehicle is checked over by a professional shop like West Tech Mobile, that peace of mind will also prevent unexpected problems at roadside inspections and scales.
Another big bonus of visiting our expert technicians is that we monitor all of your repairs and inspections with our in-house computer system, so there’s documentation of everything we find and do during the course of work, including CVIP and 90-day inspections. We have a semi-truck maintenance guide and specific quarterly inspection programs, analyzing all the key areas of your unit. For example, we will look at:
Small to Large Commercial Truck Preventative Maintenance
If you’re thinking that an inspection every 90 days, or even every 180 days, is too much, think of it this way: major problems don’t appear overnight. They start small and snowball, getting bigger and bigger – like a pinhole leak in a hose that can eventually reduce your engine’s ability to function.
A 90-day inspection is like a mini-CVIP inspection: it’s a condensed version that provides a detailed analysis of your machine, and it pinpoints repairs that are required to provide a cost-effective maintenance program on your unit, before it costs much more than necessary.
We work in conjunction with owners of all types of trucks – everything from single units up to large fleets, and develop maintenance programs that extend the life of their units and bring down overall repair costs. Depending on your needs, we will tailor a program that best suits the individual requirements of your company, because a single utility van doesn’t need the same program as a 5-ton delivery truck. We want to provide value in every area, as much as possible.
Is Preventative Maintenance Worth It?
Absolutely! When done regularly, this maintenance adds up to big savings and benefits – in time, money, and the overall life of your heavy truck. as well as in keeping your customers happy with your uninterrupted service. Once you start driving with a massive reduction of unexpected repairs or expenses, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.
At the core, most shops specialize in breakdown maintenance, where you don’t have much of a choice except to pay for repairs. West Tech Mobile specializes in preventative maintenance and keeping you moving with minimal inconvenience. So give us a call and see what we can do for you and your trucks!