Getting stranded in the middle of nowhere is probably one of our worst fears – and with good reason. Imagine hearing your engine knock and break down before you could reach an important meeting or, even worse, a much-awaited date.
We want our engines to purr like a cat, don’t you?
Maintaining your vehicle doesn’t necessarily require a mechanic. From your tire pressure to the amount and type of oil under the hood, it doesn’t hurt to educate yourself regarding basic maintenance tasks.
4 Ways to Maintain your Industrial Vehicle Regularly
As an avid car owner, it is up to you to make sure that your vehicle delivers top-notch driving quality with improved engine clearance, which is only possible with regular vehicle maintenance.
Consider the following tips below:
- It is important to regularly hydrate your vehicle’s engine with its required oils. Check under the hood to see the levels of the engine’s coolant, oil, and transmission fluid so that you can replenish the system and prevent the engine from overheating.
- Replace the oil in your vehicle after driving it for more than 3000 miles. While it is important to ensure adequate levels of gasoline, it is also important to change it regularly for improved driving quality and enhanced performance.
- Too little pressure in your vehicle’s tires can make them prone to excess wear and tear, leading you to change your tires and add to your bill regularly. Too much pressure can, on the other hand, make them burst even while you’re driving on a smooth road. It is better to check your tires before you leave your vehicle on so that you can have a pressure tune-up before you’re left searching for a mechanic.
- You can increase your engine’s mileage by 10% if you simply check your air filters and clean them up regularly. Not only will your engine run better, but so will your air humidifying system.
To highlight the importance of regularly maintaining industrial vehicles, the following are three important compartments that might require replacement after negligence.
Replacement of the Cylinder
The cylinder is the main powerhouse i.e., the engine of any vehicle that is primarily responsible for pulling the car in motion by burning gasoline. The engine can overheat due to excessive exertion or faulty maintenance, or even spark or catch fire under intended and prolonged neglect.
Once your vehicle’s cylinder fails to work, there might arise a need to either have it repaired or replace it indefinitely. Since this may require going to a mechanic, the cost of equipment, including that of the labor involved during the replacement of a cylinder, might take up to $7000 or even more.
Replacement of the Transmission Assembly
Slight controversy here – regularly maintaining the transmission assembly without referring to a mechanic for professional supervision might make it impossible for you to shift gears properly. Imagine putting your car into second gear and being unable to go into the third on the highway because your transmission assembly decided to suddenly quit. If you rely on your stick shifts, then replacing your transmission assembly might cost you at least $3000 to start with.
Replacement of Exhaust Flange Plates
Exhaust flanges are perhaps the parts of a vehicle that are neglected the most during routine maintenance. While the rest of the major parts of your car need to function properly, it is also pivotal to check the connections that, somehow appear to be minimal but are of utmost importance. The exhaust flange plates, for instance, maintain the pathway between the manifold gasket and the exhaust pipes, thus providing a continuous passage for the exhaust fumes to travel.
Regular maintenance of the exhaust flanges helps to improve the vehicle’s overall driving quality and, thus, its performance. To ensure that your vehicle is maintained at all times, check the material and size of the exhaust flange plates involved. Since most vehicles are more adamant about using asbestos gaskets, you might need to reconsider your options if you give priority to your health.
You might need to replace the entire exhaust manifold gasket system if the exhaust flanges corrode or parts of the exhaust header lead to slightly varied prices. However, when the time comes, it is advisable to choose exhaust flanges that are made up of either stainless steel or aluminum for greater corrosion resistance. Thoroughly check your exhaust system regularly so that you can replace the exhaust flange plates in due time before the entire system goes havoc.
Regular maintenance seems like a drag – pun intended – especially when you have to do the exact same if your car breaks down in the middle of the road. Sure, regular maintenance might require you to keep a check on your car, even if you have to wake up pretty early every morning and tune your car before going to work. If you put it this way, you might be saving a lot of cash and, mainly, time if you maintain your car regularly and avoid major breakdowns in the future.