10 Fall Food Truck Maintenance Tips
The signs that fall is sneaking up on us are starting to show: the days grow shorter, leaves are beginning to trickle to the ground, and the hot blanket of summer is slowly lifting.
As the seasons change, the needs of your food trucks change, too. Maintenance is especially important as fall and winter encroach.
Here are 10 maintenance tips to keep your food truck running in tip top shape:
- Test and re-test your tires. Since tire pressure changes pretty dramatically when temps drop, you should check the pressure first thing in the morning. Properly inflated tires help with weight distribution and reduce risk of blowouts at high speeds.
- Change fuel filter.
- Test your battery. Ensure that it’s secured and that connections are tight. Replace it after 72 months.
- Check the windshield for cracks and pitting. As temperatures increase, stress on the glass can increase, leading to crack propagation.
- Replace your wiper blades. The blades are your best friend during a winter storm.
- Check exhaust systems to ensure that they are free of leaks.
- Check and refill antifreeze, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluids.
- Check all belts and hoses.
- Prepare your emergency kit and restock from the previous winter. Don’t forget road flares, fire extinguisher, reflective triangles, first aid kit, water, solar blanket, and jumper cables.
- Adhere to all recommended maintenance schedules.