Just think of the havoc that can occur if a trailer has a problem going down the road and its contents get spilled. Not only are the contents damaged or destroyed, but other people could also easily be hurt. Therefore, daily safety inspections of trailers minimize the chances of that happening. It also results in maintenance issues being identified for attention before they damage the trailer or tow vehicle. Read on as premium truck and trailer repair explains what to inspect in a trailer regularly.
THE BRAKING SYSTEM
Inspecting and repairing the dry van’s braking system ensure all components are working correctly. A not-so-good braking system can cause several safety hazards. These include an increased stopping distance and a greater tendency for the trailer to jackknife. Having a brake maintenance schedule helps to ensure the parts are in order all the time. These should involve cleaning, inspection, and lubrication of the braking system.
THE OIL LEVEL
Check the trailer oil level every 1000 miles in the wheel hub while traveling. The wheel hub keeps the wheels attached to the vehicle that allows safe steers and turns. Therefore, inspect the wheel hub thoroughly for any potential leaks. Oil seals are different from one manufacturer to another. So, check the manual to ensure you use the recommended oil seal for the hub repair. Do not reuse a seal if you need to repair to dry van trailer hub to ensure leak-free operation.
When the electric system like reflective taps, lamps, wires, and connections are exposed, they can lead to corrosion, causing lighting issues. Brines on the roads attack many electrical systems and cause significant damage to the trailer. Regular cleaning of the electric system destroys the effects of the brine. These ensure the electrical system performance is efficient. Check all lights frequently to optimize the performance of your dry van’s electrical system. It also allows you to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Replace any damaged or ineffective electrical system with factory-approved parts.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Your trailers are the backbone of your business and are paramount for transporting products from one place to another.