Spring Maintenance Tips

May 11, 2016

KEEP YOUR MACHINERY RUNNING GREAT THIS SPRING

Spring has officially arrived in Fabick Cat country. Warmer temperatures are finally on their way. However, the transition between seasons can be harsh, particularly on your business’s equipment. Leftover damage from winter storms and temperature fluctuations can take their toll.

To ensure your equipment functions properly for years to come, you’ll want to inspect and service your fleet to prepare it for a different season. Read on for tips on how you can keep your machinery in great condition, no matter the season.

CHECK FOR RUST IN YOUR VEHICLES’ UNDERCARRIAGES

One of the harshest punishments Jack Frost can deal out to your equipment is a damaged undercarriage. Road salt can corrode the metal on your vehicles and slowly render their parts useless. You’ll want to be especially vigilant about checking under your trucks for signs of rust, which can wear down its exhaust system, fuel tanks and chassis.

Make sure to secure your vehicle before looking under it and only conduct inspections on flat, level surfaces. Only perform inspections when you are physically able. Contact a professional to help you when it is too difficult to proceed.

LET YOUR FLEET VEHICLES BREATHE A BIT

If your trucks or farm equipment have been in storage over the winter months, you’ll want to let them run for a little bit before putting them to work. This will help fluids distribute evenly and allow engine and oil temperatures to build to their standard operating levels without the stress of an additional power load.

MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR VEHICLES’ COMPONENTS

Harsh temperatures can take a toll on your fleet’s drivetrains and braking systems. You’ll want to take the time to inspect and make any necessary adjustments to your vehicles:

  • Conduct an oil change
  • Ensure clutches are functioning properly
  • Make any necessary tweaks to ensure your brakes are in proper condition
  • Take a look at the belts and hoses surrounding your vehicle’s engine to make sure they don’t need replaced

BE SAFE

As you conduct your spring maintenance, make sure to proceed carefully to protect you and your staff from injury. If you’re looking under a vehicle, ensure the emergency brake is functioning properly and engaged, and make sure to secure your wheels with a cinderblock or heavy object. If you’re examining an engine, make sure your vehicle is not running and the battery is disconnected. Taking a few moments to consider how to perform your work in a cautious manner is an intelligent decision.

CONTACT THE PROFESSIONALS FOR EXPERT SERVICE

Fabick Cat has provided our clients with quality Cat machines, parts and service for over 90 years. If you find in the course of your spring inspections that your machine needs repaired, or you could use an additional set of professionally trained eyes to evaluate your machine’s condition, contact us today.

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