Checking your truck before each trip is essential. By inspecting the truck, trailer, and a load, you ensure your safety on the road. Any problem or malfunction must be fixed before departure.
You surely don’t want to get in trouble during the trip. Take some time to check your rig. We’ll show you what steps you should take.
Step-by-Step Truck Inspection Before Starting the Engine
First of all, start checking under the hood. What you must inspect:
- Oil, coolant, and other fluids levels.
- Look out for the fluid leaks, it is a big problem.
- Tighten up caps, they must seat properly.
- Engine block. Check the hoses for cracking, fraying or wear. Don’t forget about the fan belt.
- The fan itself for the presence of cracks or pieces.
- Wires, look for exposed and bare ones.
- Tires on the truck and trailer for wear, nails, etc.
- Kingpins, shock absorbers, ball joints for proper lubrication and wear.
- Airlines and electrical cords if they connected.
- Fifth-wheel. Check if it is properly coupled to the trailer.
- Landing gear. Legs must be up, crank handle is secure.
- Trailer suspension and airbags.
- Brake pads for thickness.
- Indicators of brake adjustment and their positioning.
- Entire truck body for any damage.
Step-by-Step Truck Inspection After Starting the Engine
Start your vehicle and proceed to the second part of the inspection.
- Start your engine in neutral.
- Check gauges to ensure all is good.
- Ease the clutch very slow, try not to fly across the parking lot.
- Check the pressure on the gauges.
- Turn all lights, get out of the truck, and check them.
- Visually inspect the motor for leaks.
- Check if the belts are running right.
- Close the hood and lock it.
- Inspect all lights again.
- Back up a little (but be sure to check everything behind the truck) to see if all wheels are good.
- Pull forward with trailer brakes on to ensure it properly connected with the fifth wheel.
- Pull ahead more and stop with a foot brake to test it.
Now you are good to go and enjoy your trip.