When you opt for a truck like a used Dodge Ram 2500, you expect it to serve a number of purposes – shopping errands, daily commutes, a strong workhorse for the job site. While the Ram 2500 is more than capable of handling all of these tasks, it will require regular maintenance in order to do so. Keeping up with auto maintenance is the best and simplest way to improve the life and function of your truck. While it's easy to put off, doing so increases the risk of needing expensive and extensive repairs. Save yourself the time and money by providing your truck with these essential – and very easy – maintenance services.
Check and Change Oil
You'll hear it time and time again just how crucial motor oil is to a vehicle. You've probably also been told that if you don't check the oil level and don't change the oil, you will put your vehicle at risk for damage. But do you know why? Motor oil is used as a lubricant to keep all important engine parts running smoothly. It also works to draw heat away from the engine so it does not overheat. Having dirty oil – or no oil – is extremely detrimental to your engine. Engine parts will grind against each other causing damage and eventually they can seize up and break. Your engine is also likely to overheat sooner than later, which can cause your engine to endure even more damage. To avoid problems like these, always make sure you have enough motor oil in your truck. Also be sure to get regular oil changes so your truck will always have a continuous supply of clean, fresh oil.
Keeping your tires properly inflated is important for on-road safety. And while tires can be easy to ignore, doing so can lead to a number of dangerous problems like blowouts and flats. It can also cause a decrease in fuel economy.
Under-inflated tires, for instance, have too much contact with the ground, causing them to burn more gasoline as your engine tries harder to get them to roll. They are also prone to overheating, which can lead to blowouts.
Overinflated tires, on the other hand, don't have enough of their surface touching the ground. This weakens traction, which makes them prone to slipping – a very dangerous problem in wet conditions.
To avoid problems like these, pump 'em up! Check your tires' pressure once a month and before long road trips. Also be sure to regularly inspect your tires for any excessive wear or damage, and ensure treads are of a safe depth.
Check Wiper Blades and Lights
Visibility is key when behind the wheel of a car, which is why properly working windshield wipers and lights are essential to driving. Before you get caught in a storm with poor wiper blades, be sure to regularly inspect them for damage and replace them as needed.
The same goes for lights (headlights, taillights, brake lights, etc.). The purpose of lights it not just so you can see the road, but so other drivers can see you. To ensure optimal visibility and safety, regularly check all lights and replace any that are dim or burned out.
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This entry was posted in Internet Auto Rent & Sales Boise and tagged Used Trucks, Used Pickup Trucks, Used Cars and Trucks, Dodge Ram, Dodge, Dodge trucks, Dodge Ram 2500, Ram 2500, Maintenance Tips For Trucks on 09/13/2016 at 1:00 PM