Modern trucks are composed of many moving parts. These components rely on proper oil and fluid to remain lubricated in order to perform smoothly and avoid premature wear and tear. Yet still, most of the commonly overlooked element of maintenance remains to be oil and fluid service.
At Foothills Group, our team of certified technicians know first how just how important proper maintenance of your truck’s oil and fluids are to ensure the longevity of your vehicle. We happily advise on the best maintenance program for your truck, taking into account the manufacturer’s recommendations as well as your trucks’ age, maintenance history and how it’s commonly driven.
Common fluids that need to be maintained
Think of the oil and fluid of your truck as the blood running through the veins of its components. If this fluid goes unchanged or the fluid levels are allowed to decrease, the blood flow essentially declines, and your truck parts not only wear, they risk erosion or complete seizure. Below are some of the most common oil and fluids that are monitored by Foothills Group's team of technicians.
The frequency of your truck’s oil changes will depend on the usage, make, and model of the vehicle. The engine oil protects, and lubricates the many parts of your engine, and letting your engine oil get too low or dirty could result in severe mechanical issues.
Your diesel fuel filter is intended to process fuel and ensure that it is clean and free of debris before it gets to the injectors. There are many issues that can arise from contaminated fuel running through your truck’s system. It’s recommended by most engine manufacturers to change your fuel filter every 16,000 to 24,000 kilometres.
With modern advancements in transmissions and fluids, the interval between changes increased. However, ignoring your transmission fluid can cause your transmission to slip or lead to wear and tear on the gears and other parts of your transmission.
Your diesel engine emits a lot of heat, as it deals with emissions-related exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and regeneration cycles. This makes monitoring the health of your coolant and maintaining the correct flush intervals essential. Without the coolant, the heat produced during constant internal combustion would ruin the engine very quickly.
Brake fluid is highly susceptible to absorbing moisture. Moisture can change the very nature of the fluid, including the boiling point. This can create vapour bubbles which cause a reduction in the force transmitted to the brakes from the pads.
Regular maintenance of these fluids may seem costly, and quite honestly, a real interruption in your day-to-day life. So let the team at Foothills Group take this worry off your plate. We’ll come up with a preventative maintenance program that fits your needs and in the long run, save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs.