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Truck Maintenance

How to maintain a truck with preventative care 

Preventative care is essential for all heavy duty vehicles on the road – from Commercial lorries and trucks to buses and trailers. This means that if you are the owner or operator of such a vehicle, you must regularly inspect and maintain it to the highest standard, to ensure safety on the road for your vehicle and those around it, and also to ensure ongoing roadworthiness, and the long lifespan of your investment. 

Truck maintenance schedules should involve daily walk-around visual checks,  and also a planned rota of preventative maintenance work, when a suitably qualified person – an internal or external mechanic – runs through a thorough and frequent maintenance checklist on the essential aspects of the vehicle to maintain roadworthy condition.   


How often does a heavy duty vehicle need preventative maintenance? 

The schedule for preventative maintenance for a truck, bus or trailer should depend on the condition of the vehicle, including age and mileage, as well as the conditions and volume of use. Similar to a car, a heavy duty vehicle can be assessed for ongoing wear and tear, deterioration of parts, and ongoing damage from use. The truck manufacturer will also have recommendations specific to the model in question, that truck owners can reference to help create a schedule for maintenance.  

Essential tools for Truck maintenance 

Popular and recommended tools for preventive truck maintenance, would often cover jobs such as tyre inflation and brake inspection, as well as those to facilitate more complex corrective jobs like part replacement and engine repairs.  Air Impact also sells various hub sockets, wrenches, and pullers and bush replacement tools for your garage, as well as king pin presses and wheel dollies for your truck maintenance.  

However, one of the most popular tools for Truck and Heavy Vehicle maintenance is a powerful jack, available in various forms. 

What type of jack is best for truck maintenance?  

For truck maintenance – particularly changing a tyre, or working on the transmission – a heavy-duty, easy-to-operate jack is essential. Air Impact carry a selection of high quality  hydraulic jacks, pit jacks and transmission jacks to make the task possible. 

  • A hydraulic jack, (also known as a bottle jack or air jack) are easy-moving and extremely durable jacks,utilising hydraulic power for a high lifting capacity.  
  • A transmission jack goes centrally in middle of the vehicle and lifts the transmission via a lifting platform attached to the frame. 
  • A pit jack is designed for lifting trucks and in other mechanical processes, when the mechanic is positioned in the actual pit under the vehicle 

Choosing Truck Tools for your business?  

Contact the experts at Air Impact Ltd today for their specialist guidance and support, or you can call in to our Thurles store for more.  


TELEPHONE: 00353 504 60040 


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