As a company or municipality, you depend on your vocational trucks. This easy guide helps you develop a plan for maximizing vocational truck up-time.
All vocational trucks need maintenance, but with your busy schedule it’s easy to say, “I’ll get to it later.” Later might turn into never, and never leads to trucks going down. That’s leaving money on the table and your job site at a standstill. Whether you have one truck or a fleet, these tips help you keep them running. Let’s start with the most obvious one.
1. Vehicle Inspections
These annual and bi-annual checks are a great time to catch up on preventative maintenance. Experienced Jack Doheny Company (JDC) technicians run through the Department of Transportation inspection sheet and note the vehicle’s deficiencies. From there, you can separate the safety issues from repairs that can wait a bit. The safety issues you’ll fix right away. Be sure to enter any non-priority repairs into a database with a reminder. Small problems get bigger over time. If you let it go too long, it could take your truck off the road and prevent you from earning revenue.
2. Field Service Sweeps
Does your business do 90-day inspections or quarterly inspections? It’s an excellent time to catch any repair issues big or small. Your crew is already changing oil, filters and grease units, after all. Fixing the issues they find is the same as what you’d do after a DOT inspection. You should fix emergency issues right away then prioritize those smaller repairs over time.
3. Expired Warranties
Most people agree that things start breaking down after the warranty expires. That’s why it makes good sense to know when those warranties are near an end. It’s easy to overlook this when you’re busy using those trucks on jobs. When you make a new purchase, get in the habit of setting a reminder to review the warranties. Take your vehicle in for a service review. If the mechanics discover any issues, you might get the costs of those repairs covered just in time!
It’s probably not your fault, but that hardly matters in the end. If your trucks have been in an accident, don’t delay in reviewing the potential extent of the damage that needs to be fixed. Take the vehicle out of service and have it checked out. The parts you replace after an accident can cost less than the damage done if you keep driving it and the repairs can prevent it from going down completely.
5. Continual Repair
Do you have one “problem vehicle” in your fleet? It’s the one that needs the same repairs after so much time on jobs. It’s time to quit patching it up with temporary fixes. Get that vocational truck the new parts it needs to operate at full capacity. The costs are small compared to the soft costs and downtime you incur with all those small fixes.
6. Lowered Productivity
Do you have a truck that isn’t performing at full capacity? That’s a telltale sign that something needs to be fixed. In these cases, the best repair is preventing the problem. You do that by getting add-on tools that didn’t originally come with the truck. These accessories compliment your vehicle by delivering safer and faster operations. This helps your crew and equipment reach full capacity. These additional tools are worth the investment, especially when you compare the costs with what you lose from not finishing jobs on time.
6. Wear and Tear
Things such as balding tires and frayed hoses are usually plain to see. Don’t ignore these or other signs of use. That wear and tear increases the more you use those vehicles. It won’t be long before another part fails. This can put your vocational trucks in for long-term repair. When it’s out of commission, so are you. Save yourself the time, money and aggravation by proactively making repairs before they become a problem. You’ll thank us later.
Get Vocational Truck Parts and Accessories or Schedule Service from JDC
Is your company located near one of our 15 locations across the United States and Canada? If so, you can schedule time for our team to service your vocational truck. For those who handle their own repairs, there’s our Doheny PartsForce™. Our online catalog is stocked with 300,000+ parts, tools and accessories for vocational trucks. This includes the largest selection of in-stock grease and root cutting nozzles as well as hooks, hose fittings, lifts, probes and more. All items are in-stock and ready to ship anywhere in the U.S. and Canada!
There is a way to avoid all this time-consuming repair work. That’s by renting a vocational truck from JDC. We offer long-term and customized rental programs that are perfect for your needs. Best of all, the pros in our service department maintain our rental fleet. You can be confident that the truck you get from us is ready to do the job. Visit any of our 15 locations in the U.S. or Canada. You can also use the contact info below to discuss truck rental with us.