When people invest in a pickup truck, it isn’t just a mode of transportation. Owning a pickup truck is a way of life.
If people are considering buying a sedan or a crossover, they look at online reviews, or compare brands and models. But owning a pickup truck is different. When people research a new truck, they search for things like:
- How can I make my truck last longer?
- What’s the most reliable long lasting pickup?
- What’s considered high mileage for a pickup truck
They have their hearts set on an investment they plan to last for a very long time. It becomes a trusted friend.
With that in mind, it’s not just about the brand you choose or the model you select. Instead, it’s about creating a workhorse that will be there for you when you need it. You go into it realizing that proper maintenance will prolong your pickup truck’s life; therefore, it becomes a regular part of your routine.
How do you ensure all of that?
Never miss an oil change
Motor oil is considered the lifeblood of any vehicle. Therefore it makes sense to stick to a schedule and change the motor oil frequently. While experts in the past have recommended oil changes every 3,000 miles, that may no longer apply. With new technology and the advancement in motor oil, most vehicles can now go 5,000 to 10,000 miles in between oil changes.
Keep in mind that it also depends on your driving. Working from home is different from using your truck for hauling each day. Do you use your truck off-road? Do you use it for heavy towing? That can make a big difference in how well your truck runs, and how often you should add fresh oil to keep things working.
For older trucks, be sure to change your oil filter every time you change your oil. Select the best oil to suit your needs. With a wide range of options, refer to your owner’s manual for guidance, or talk with a mechanic to ensure you add the proper viscosity for your truck.
Rotate your tires
Drivers often think changing the oil is the most important task for wear, and it is. But your tires are equally as important. By having your tires rotated when you change out your motor oil, you ensure that your tires will wear more evenly. Depending on how you use your truck each day, you’ll typically find the front tires wear more than the back. By rotating them, you can extend the life of your tires, as well as ensure your truck’s suspension system runs smoothly too. This will also allow a mechanic to do a visual inspection of the suspension system, and see if there are any alignment issues to be concerned with. It gives you a chance to fix smaller issues before they become full-blown problems.
Watch tire pressure
Rotating your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles will extend the life of your tires. Yet if the tire pressure runs low as you drive each day, it can result in putting more stress on the tire surface, and even cause a blowout or accident.
Over and underinflation can be problematic for a tire. While it can cause issues on dry terrain, it increases in danger in inclement weather. Pay attention to the recommended tire pressure for the tires you install on your vehicle. You can find it in your owner’s manual, or somewhere in the door jamb. Keep a tire gauge handy, and check it regularly when filling up your gas tank. If you notice a problem with a tire losing air, get it checked immediately.
Wheel alignments are necessary
Do you drive off-road? Do you haul heavy loads? There’s a greater chance wheels may not be in alignment, which can impact your vehicle’s suspension.
When your wheels aren’t in alignment, you’ll cause greater wear on both your tires and wheels. That impacts everything from the way your truck handles to the fuel economy efficiency. It will cause poor handling, and can slowly impact other components on your vehicle.
Do you notice your truck pulling to one side as you drive? Is the steering wheel crooked when you drive straight? Have you noticed uneven tire wear? All are symptoms of a bigger problem with your wheel alignment. Get it fixed quickly to ensure all other components stay working well.
Know your road well
Owner’s manuals are designed for average driving conditions. The manufacturer and mechanic’s checklists provide you with the important aspects of keeping your truck running well. But only you know what you put your vehicle through in a year. Do you take short daily trips? Or do you use your truck for hauling all day?
Driving conditions change depending on what you do. Some may require high idle situations, while others may pack on the dirt and mud. If your truck undergoes more rigorous driving, be sure to stop for an inspection more often. An expert has the necessary tools to ensure everything is working at its best.
This allows a mechanic to check the battery, analyze the brake system, and see if the spark plugs are functioning. It gives them a chance to perform a diagnostic test, and fine tune the various parts to ensure everything is working.
What does your pickup truck need for a long life?
Every vehicle is different. Every pickup truck has different needs. From motor oil changes to a new brake system, and everything in between.
Instead of waiting for your truck to fail, be proactive, and it will respond with a long life. Pay attention to the way you drive, and to the noises you hear. Things rarely fail without advanced warning.
Pickup trucks are a valuable investment, one that can last for years. Why not take care of it in the best way possible to ensure a long life. With these maintenance tips, you’ll keep your trusted friend parked in the garage for a very long time.