Inside the Workshop – Here's what happens during a truck service
So, you blindly drop your rig off in the morning, and pick it up later that day. Your truck service inspection team tells you that all is well — but what actually happens while you're gone? If you've found yourself wondering what goes into inspecting your rig, we've got answers for you.
The first thing to understand is that truck servicing is thorough and standardised, so you can rest assured your rig is in road-worthy condition when you pick it up. At the end of the service, your mechanic should be able tell you what they worked on, which aspects of your truck need extra servicing, and when you should come back in for another servicing.
The Quality Inspection Truck List
Each of the trained mechanics who looks at your truck will follow a quality inspection checklist which will guide them through each part of your truck. You're probably familiar with the main aspects of a rig inspection, which includes draining and replacing the oil and the oil filter. Let's take a closer look at everything your mechanic will check:
In Cabin Inspection: Your Personal Safety
Since the cabin of the truck is where you spend the majority of your time, your mechanic is going to ensure that your cab is up to par. This extremely thorough servicing checks all the ordinary, day-to-day things that would affect your personal safety. For example, they'll make sure that the seat belts are operating optimally and that your electric mirrors are functional. Exterior and interior lights get a check during this part of the service, and they'll ensure that your truck's horn is in working condition.
In addition to these surface-level services, your mechanic is going to get a little more in-depth and technical while in the cabin. For example, they'll use a special tool to check the alternator charge and other indicators. Here's a quick list of some other aspects that your mechanic will inspect:
- Air conditioner and vents
- Gearshift condition
- Operation of radios
TEXA: Diagnostic Tool
Running diagnostic tests on your truck is an easy, simple, and effective way of discovering which — if any — parts need servicing. To do this, your mechanic hooks up the TEXA diagnostic tool to your vehicle, so they can read fault codes and adjust your servicing accordingly. Here's a look at what issues TEXA can catch:
- Brake lining thickness
- Clutch lining thickness
- Air dryer and filter life left
Once they discover a diagnostic issue, your mechanic can then get to the root of the problem and get your truck in safe usable condition. If there's an issue they can't mediate at this time, they will let you know when you pick up your truck.
Under Cab Inspection: Leaks, Filters, and Hoses
Leaks, seepage, fluids — when your mechanic checks under the cab, they make sure you don't have any of these issues. They'll make sure all your fluid levels are in excellent condition, even topping up your windshield wiper fluid if necessary. In addition, they'll ensure that your battery is in prime operating condition. Here's a more in-depth look at what this entails:
- Fan belt condition
- Coolant leaks
- Condition of all hoses
- Cab air filter
- Air cleaner element
- Exhaust leaks
Under & Around Chassis: Your Truck’s Structure
Next, your mechanic is going to check all the structural elements of your truck to make sure it's safe and reliable on the road. From your truck's steering ball joints, to your wheel studs, your mechanic ensures that every element is sound. If you're curious, here's a look at some of the elements that mechanics examine under and around the chassis:
- Cab mounts
- Spring pin brushes
- Steering swayer link rods
- Track rod bushes
- Cross members & turntable
- Air leaks
- Hub seal leaks
- Oil leaks at transmission
What if Something is Wrong?
Rest assured that if something is wrong, your mechanic will address it with you. When checking your truck's elements, your mechanic should assign a strict rating to all your rig elements. So if something is deemed deficient, they'll let you know. Also, an experienced mechanic will be able to tell when parts are a little worn, but still have some time to go before replacement. Once you come back to pick up your truck, they'll go through our observations and recommendations for your truck.
Regular Maintenance & Breakdown Services
It's important to get your truck regularly serviced. By doing so, you'll keep your truck in top shape. However, we all know that breakdowns happen at unexpected times — and it's important to be prepared for that, as well.
Luckily, here at Trucksmart we offer quick, affordable, and efficient breakdown services. If your truck has a breakdown within 50 km of our Beresfield location, just give us a call. We'll show up on the scene and help get your rig back in shape.
Specifically Designed for Your Truck
Why come to Trucksmart for your servicing? First of all, we pride ourselves on our thorough and careful truck servicing in Beresfield, New South Wales. Though we like our work to speak for itself, we also offer:
- Specific servicing. If you have a truck, you know that it can be tricky to find a truck inspection service that can accommodate your needs. Luckily, we have the parts and expertise that's needed to make your inspection a breeze. In fact, Trucksmart's team has over 100 years combined experience with trucks.
- Experience. Our mechanics know what they're doing. They are all trained, experienced professionals who know how to perform a quick yet accurate truck servicing.
- Service. We take quality customer service very seriously. By valuing the human connection in our business, we ensure that you're getting the best service throughout your experience.
- Affordability. We know that servicing trucks can be expensive. That's why we strive to keep our services affordable and reasonable. As a business, we're always upfront about costs — so you know exactly what to expect.