1. Follow Recommendations
Recommendations are the best place to start when it comes to maintenance. But, recommendations can change year-to-year, so keep up with those changes.
2. Talk to Your Dealer
Your dealer has the latest diagnostic and repair information, so get in touch and make sure your technicians have the latest and greatest.
3. Stay in Touch
If a third-party performs your preventive maintenance (PM), meet regularly to discuss the practices they are following.
4. Find the Right Vehicle
Purchasing the right size and right vehicle for the job can reduce maintenance needs (and costs) over the life of the vehicle. Match the maintenance schedule to the application, too.
5. Involve Drivers
Drivers undoubtedly make their mark on a vehicle, and that means they can influence the amount of maintenance required, too.
6. Look at Hours
Odometer readings may be the most traditional indicator of when maintenance is due, but many fleets should consider looking at engine hours.
7. Review Your Forms
Inspection forms provide technicians the road map they need to do their jobs – so making sure they’re right is key.
8. Remember the Electrics
Parts and fluids are part and parcel to good maintenance. But don’t forget a check of electrical components, too.
9. Keep up on Advancements
Technology changes quickly, and those changes can benefit your maintenance program.