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Facts About Truck & Trailer Maintenance 

People who have just started driving a truck may not know everything there is to know about how to take care of the truck and trailer in regards to proper maintenance. New drivers tend to have a lot of questions and they may not know exactly who to turn to. Here are some questions and answers for those who have just begun their journey driving long-haul trucks. 

Q: How Much Time Will It Take To Change A Tire? 

A: This really depends on the type of tire that needs to be changed and where the tire is being changed at. If the tire is being changed at an actual shop where the workers have all of the proper tools that they need, a full set can be done in roughly an hour and a half. However, if the tire needs to be changed on the side of the road or some other precarious position, it could take as long as 3 hours just for a single tire. 

Q: How Long Will An Oil Change Take? 

A: If you are talking about just changing the oil, this can be done in about an hour. However, in vehicles, especially in big rigs requiring other truck and trailer maintenance auburn ma, the oil change is usually part of a preventative maintenance schedule. This preventative maintenance routine should include a full inspection of the truck. The brakes will be inspected as well as also checking the transmission, windows, and greasing any necessary parts. The inspection alone will take about two hours. If any parts need to be replaced, the process can take much longer. 

Q: How Is The Trailer Attached To The Actual Semi-Truck? 

A: The process of attaching the trailer to the truck is actually a very simple one and very uncomplicated. All that really holds the trailer to the truck is a piece of metal called a kingpin. The driver will back the truck into and just over this kingpin and then attach it from there. A lockjaw will lock the kingpin into place and then the trailer is firmly attached to the truck. 

Q: How Long Does It Take To Wash A Trailer And An Attached Truck? 

A: A freight truck is washed approximately every 90 days. To wash just the cab of the truck takes about 45 minutes. The time it takes to wash the trailer very much depends on the length and size of the trailer. It also depends on what time of year it is and how much mud, road salt, and other gunk has accumulated on the trailer. A very dirty trailer can take a few hours to clean and wash. 

As you can see, there are some very good ideas on how to keep the trailer well-maintained and looking as good as it should. Of course, if the trailer is hauling things such as hazardous materials or things such as milk, they need to be washed much more often, some are even washed daily.

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