Oil changes keep your truck engine working properly, so make them part of your fleet maintenance routine. In our blog about vehicle downtime, we discussed the ramifications of having a vehicle out of service. In short, downtime is costly as are major repairs. Scheduling routine maintenance and procedures, like oil changes, can help.
Time for a Truck Oil Change
Different vehicles have their own needs, but oil changes are a standard necessity. How often do truckers change their oil? Alas, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Owner’s manuals will provide exact mileage of when to service your engine. If you have purchased a used vehicle you can always contact the vehicle manufacturer for their recommendation. In addition to manufacture specs, the age of the truck and previous oil installation history will also determine how often a trucker needs to get an oil change. Engines work similarly enough that mechanically, oil changes generally do the same thing for all of them.
Why Change Oil?
After oil has been in a vehicle for some time, the oil and oil filter will naturally accumulate build up. This sludge contains dirt and other contaminants that have gotten into the engine and oil filter. As the name suggests, oil filters work to circulate oil and remove gunk, but over time will stop functioning if it isn’t replaced. Leaving filters unchecked can lead to buildup inside the motor and decrease overall vehicle efficiency. Replenishing the oil and oil filter will remove the buildup of impurities.
Benefits of Oil Changes
Oil helps lubricate pistons and other moving parts within an engine. These metal parts need to be able to easily move in tandem without causing friction. Not only can friction physically damage the engine parts, it also creates heat. Even though vehicles have cooling systems, engines can get overheated when parts that coolant can’t reach overheat due to friction. Massive engine damage is not only time-consuming but expensive to repair. With fresh oil, engines will run smoothly, efficiently, and be able to reach their highest possible fuel economy. Restoring engine power alone is worth getting an oil change.
Regular Routine Maintenance
Oil changes are one of the routine maintenance items to be timely about. Not only do truckers traverse hundreds of miles in a shorter amount of time than the average driver but they also haul heavy loads. These stressors can accelerate the rate of wear and tear on a truck that leave it susceptible to major issues. Many service centers will also take the time to do other vehicle checkups while the vehicle has its oil changed. This preventative maintenance can also prolong vehicle health. Replacing fuel filters at every service interval is also a good idea. Trucks are nothing short of an investment to fleets, so ensure their upkeep is a priority. For those considering selling their truck down the line, a regular service and maintenance record can help score a higher resale value too.
Steer clear of costly engine repair by replacing your motor oil on time. Jubitz Truck Service Center does oil changes on individual vehicles, but also offers mobile, onsite fleet oil changes where our team comes to you. We sell organic, semi-synthetic oils, and fully synthetic motor oils. Schedule an appointment or get more questions answered by our experienced technicians by calling (503) 289-9645 or learn more on our website.