Summertime Fleet Maintenance Tips

Aug 28, 2015

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Flush Cooling System: Overheated engines are the number one cause of vehicle breakdowns. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled every 24 months. You should also make sure to check coolant levels periodically.

Change Oil & Filter: Check your owner's manual to determine how often you should change your oil and filter. It is usually recommended every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but should be done sooner if your drivers take long trips, hauling heavy equipment or cargo. Be sure to also check underneath the vehicle for leaks.

Battery: Heat causes battery problems. A car battery usually lasts 3-5 years, but you may consider replacing it sooner so that your drivers don’t have to deal with a dead battery when least expected. Make sure to keep the terminals tight and free of corrosion.

Fleet cards can help you with this summer maintenance because they enable you to purchase fuel AND maintenance while providing details of each transaction. They log and report expenditures at maintenance locations helping you control your company's expenses while saving you time and money. They also make it easy to prolong the life of your vehicles and keep them running at their most fuel efficient levels.