Routine Maintenance

Regular maintenance covers the activities that are performed on a vehicle to ensure it functions reliably.

Components of Routine maintenance 

  • Scheduled Services: Following manufacturer recommendations for oil changes, filter replacements (air, oil, fuel), spark plug changes (gasoline engines), and other routine maintenance tasks at specific intervals based on mileage or time.
  • Fluid Level Checks: Regularly monitoring engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid levels to ensure proper operation and identify potential leaks.
  • Tire Care: Maintaining proper tire pressure and tread depth, checking for uneven wear or damage, and performing tire rotations as recommended.
  • Visual Inspections: Regularly inspecting for potential issues like loose belts, damaged hoses, worn brake pads, and any warning lights on the dashboard.
  • Detailed Inspections (Optional): Some fleets might perform more comprehensive inspections at specific intervals, involving undercarriage checks, brake system examinations, and other in-depth assessments.

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Examples 

  • Changing the engine oil and filter every 5,000 miles as recommended by the manufacturer for a light-duty delivery van.
  • A pre-trip inspection checklist includes checking tire pressure, fluid levels, and warning lights to identify potential issues before hitting the road.
  • Rotating tires at regular intervals promotes even wear and extends overall tire lifespan.

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Benefits of implementing Routine maintenance 

  • Reduced Downtime: Proactive maintenance helps prevent unexpected breakdowns and keeps vehicles on the road.
  • Extended Vehicle Lifespan: Regular maintenance minimizes wear and tear, leading to longer vehicle life.
  • Improved Safety: Ensures vehicles are in good working order, minimizing the risk of safety hazards.
  • Enhanced Performance: Proper maintenance optimizes vehicle performance, leading to improved fuel efficiency and overall operation.
  • Cost Savings: Preventive maintenance is typically cheaper than addressing major breakdowns that could have been prevented through proper upkeep.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Tracking maintenance records allows for identifying trends and adjusting maintenance schedules for better optimization.

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Reduces downtime, extends vehicle life, improves safety, enhances performance, and saves costs.