Keep Your RAM Truck Haulin’ Butt
Driving a truck has many benefits. If properly operated, a truck can last you a long time. If you don’t take care of your truck like you should, it could limit its lifespan significantly. Here are some tips to help your truck run well into old age and keep haulin’ butt for years to come!
Making sure you never miss an oil change is vital. Some people don’t react when they see a notification to get their oil changed and that can be highly detrimental to how your truck runs. However, getting an oil change is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your truck lives its longest life possible. We recommend you get your oil changed every 7,500 miles or six months (whichever happens first) for all models that were purchased in 2008 or before. If your truck has higher mileage and is getting up there in years, make sure to change your oil filter when you change your oil as well. Take time to take a look at your owner’s manual to guarantee you pick the right viscosity index for your truck. If you aren’t sure, take it to a professional.
Rotate your tires and keep them balanced. Rotating and balancing your tires each time you get your oil changed helps ensure an even wear because tires can wear unevenly according to the drivetrain of your truck. Customers often think that they just need to change the oil at a certain interval but it is recommended that you rotate your tires every time you have your oil changed as well. Rotating your tires will not only extend the life of the tires themselves, it can also make for a much smoother ride and reduce the strain on your truck’s suspension that can come from unevenly worn tires.
Checking that fluid levels are up is very important. The most important fluid to check is engine oil, which we’ve already mentioned. The next important fluid level to check is engine coolant. Check the levels by popping the cap (normally identifiable by a warning and matching illustration indicating you should never open when the engine is hot). Refill when needed with the coolant specified in your owner’s manual. Lastly, check the windshield washer fluid. It is smart to keep an extra jug of the blue stuff somewhere in your vehicle, especially during winter, when salt and sand are on the road.
Keeping up with your sounds, smells and clanks is essential. If you notice something a little off about your truck, take it in. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. During an inspection, everything from batteries to spark plugs to brakes is analyzed. If technicians spot something off about your truck, they can fix it before it gets worse…or majorly expensive. Turning your back on something as small as a signal light not working could ultimately turn into something much more serious. When in doubt, get your truck thoroughly checked out so the issue will be rectified and your truck will run smoothly.-
If these pointers are followed, we’re sure the life and quality of your truck’s life will exceed your expectations and safely transport you, your family and more for years to come. Treat your truck how you’d like to be treated; with love, care, attention and respect. Contact us at Bayway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram if you have any questions or need a check-up today!