You can’t make dough if the wheels won’t roll. And with money so tight these days, who can afford downtime? New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules on Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA), have raised the bar on maintenance. Tires, lights and brakes are especially under scrutiny. Here are some things you can do to keep your rig on the road and out of the inspector’s crosshairs:
|Keep those tires round and rubbery. Tire troubles account for 25 percent of all road service calls, and are the second most common source of CSA violations.|
|Show your shine. Inoperable lighting and missing retro-reflective striping also rank among the most frequently cited maintenance violations.|
|Hold your horses. Air brakes are prone to oil and water contamination, air leaks and timing imbalances. Service your brakes regularly.|
Feed the steed. Refuel only at quality fuel-supplier locations. Discount fuel is often out-of-spec, untreated fuel that quality suppliers have already rejected.
|Feel the spark. Keep an eye on battery power. Lower idle times and the increased electrical demands of driver appliances have led to an increase in dead batteries.|
When money is tight, it can be tempting to skip or postpone regular maintenance, with terrible results.
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