When you think about it, pickup trucks and other consumer vehicles have a lot in common. For that reason, you might think a truck should be maintained the same way a sedan or coupe or SUV needs to be maintained, but that might not be the best. Since you use a truck in different ways than you use a sedan or a crossover, you should pay special attention to how you maintain your truck. Read more of this entry to learn how to keep your truck in prime mechanical condition.
How Often Should I Change my Truck’s Oil?
The most important element of regular maintenance for every vehicle is oil changes. Pickup trucks should have their oil changed every six months or every 10,000 km depending on the kind of oil you use. Your oil filter should be changed at the same time your oil gets changed. Your engine, transmission, and more will thank you and you will prolong the life of your vehicle.
How Often Should I Rotate my Truck’s Tires?
Rotating your tires does more than just increase the lifespan of your tires. Keeping your tires balanced and regularly tightened helps reduce vibration, which benefits your suspension. Get your tires rotated at the same time you get your oil changed so you don’t forget to do either one.
Does Washing my Truck Help it Last Longer?
It may not seem like it matters, but a thorough wash and a coat of wax are worth the effort. Rust is the universal enemy of all vehicles, and that may be truer for trucks than others. Get an undercarriage wash to clear away dust, salt residue, leaves, and other debris and ward off rust. Spending a little time and money every month or so to keep your car clean will save in maintenance costs years down the road.
What Can I Do to Keep my Truck’s Bed in Good Condition?
The bed or box of your pickup is its defining feature. Without it, you cannot haul cargo, so keep it protected. Consider a spray-in bed liner while your truck is still new and keep it clean. Don’t store anything in the bed of your truck long term, and keep an eye out for dents, scratches, and other damage that can undermine the protective effort of your bed liner.