Be Ready For Upcoming Winter Weather

21 Oct, 2015 Sheffield Towing

Your friends at Sheffield Towing Service are excited to begin a blog on our website. We want to help you with your vehicles any way we can. That will be the focus of our blog, to keep you on the road and help you arrive to your destination safely. Tune in for upcoming tips, information and tricks dedicated to you, our customers.

Now Is the Time to Get Ready For Upcoming Winter Weather

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With winter on the way, you are going to want to take steps to make certain your rig is bad weather ready. Winter is hard on you and your diesel. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and on the road.

Windshield Wipers: Nothing makes the long haul more frustrating than bad windshield wipers. Make certain you have new ones to prepare for winter storms.

Anti-Gelling Additives: There is nothing worse than having honey in the tank. When it gets cold, keep your fuel from gumming up.

Check the Belts: Your engine depends on rubber belts. When it is warm, the material is more flexible. When cold weather hits any wear or tear will be put to the test. Before the temperature drops check your belt for signs of wear and cracks. The last thing you want is for a belt to break and keep you from making money.

Check your hoses: Like belts, your hoses wear out. Look for bulges or cracks and replace anything that looks suspicious.

Antifreeze: Fall is a great time to check your fluid levels, especially your antifreeze. If you cannot remember the last time you had it changed, do it before the first snow storm.

Take a look at your Battery: If you notice a lot of corrosion on the battery terminals, you might want to take it in for testing. If it tests low a new battery now will save you a call for a jump start later on. Make certain you load test your alternator as well.

Test Your Heat: Turn on your in-cab heaters and make certain you have plenty of heated air. If your rig has cab air filters, replace them as well.

Inspect you Tires: The last things you need on a wet road are worn tires. Make certain you have plenty of tread. For maximum fuel mileage, check your air levels too. Make certain that all of them are at the correct pressure. Get in the habit of checking your trailer tires with each hook up.

Air Dyer System: Take a look at your air lines for water traps or leaks. Don’t forget to drain the air reservoirs often. This will help keep your breaks working properly.

The little bit of time you take to check you big rig will save you hours of wasted time on the road. Sometimes mechanical problems happen no matter what you do. When that happens, Sheffield Towing Service is ready to help you get back on the road.