Clever ways to protect your truck
Australia’s top-selling truck brand, Isuzu, say they want owners to get the best out of their vehicles and keep them for as long as possible.
Alright, well we’re sure Isuzu is just as happy to trade your truck on a new one, but I think you know what we mean.
In a bid to help truck owners, especially those with the keys to an Isuzu, better look after their trucks in Australia’s harsh conditions, Isuzu has sent us this list of Truck Protection Tips:
All batteries rely on chemical reactions to create power.
While heat speeds these reactions up, cool air slows them right down, resulting in a less powerful battery throughout winter.
Heat also speeds up battery degradation, so it’s important to check connections, terminals and loads before summer and winter.
Consider purchasing a battery heater for extreme cold and avoid excess use of air conditioning and cab lighting if the battery’s struggling.
Both hot and wintry weather drain engine power – either through overheating the engine or thickening the engine oil.
Hot, humid conditions push engines further into the red by producing vapour that can block the fuel lines.
Choose the viscosity of your engine oil carefully. It’s wise to use multi-grade or multi-viscosity oils in winter and a high-viscosity product in summer.
Prior to summer, begin regular checks of your radiator fluid and top up if necessary to ensure effective cooling.
Brakes and exhaust Care
Especially under load, brakes can fade quickly in the heat, rendering them less effective, but in cooler temperatures they can stick, causing sudden, dangerous jolts.
Always drive to the conditions, test your brakes and check for abnormalities in addition to your regular servicing.
In cold weather, water vapour can gather in your exhaust system.
If it’s freezing and you’re only travelling a short distance, the vapour won’t burn off, which can lead to premature rusting.
The only procedure to remedy this is to drive under load because most diesel engines won’t reach optimum operating temperature unless driven.
Leaving your truck to idle and ‘warm up’ could take all day and is simply a waste of fuel.
Temperature can also affect your tyre pressure substantially, with cold air lowering pressure and compromising handling and fuel economy.
Heat, even from driving, raises pressure momentarily so it’s best to check tyre pressure after the truck’s been sitting for an hour or two.
Never use hot water to melt the ice on a frozen windscreen as it could crack the glass.
Alcohol sprays or applying a credit card and some elbow grease are better methods.
Wiper-blades are susceptible to being frozen solid in winter, and they can also disfigure under extreme heat in the summer, so include them in your regular checks.
Stay up to date with the latest Isuzu News at behindthewheel.com.au.