When you’re in the business of transporting heavy and expensive loads across the country, you need to make sure your vehicles are in tip-top shape at all times. That means regular maintenance—and sometimes more extensive repairs—to keep your commercial truck frames safe and sound on the road, especially if you’re regularly carrying large or heavy loads. Here’s what you need to know about commercial truck frame repair so that you can stay on top of any problems before they turn into major issues.
Why Would A Truck Need Frame Repair?
Commercial trucks and trailers are often subjected to heavy loads, poor weather conditions, and bad roads. All of these factors put stress on truck frames and can result in frame damage over time. Commercial drivers should be aware of their frame’s condition and work with a mechanic if there are signs of wear or fatigue. A skilled mechanic will be able to inspect your vehicle, determine where damage has occurred, and repair it before you’re stuck with a lemon that’s beyond fixing. Once you know what to look for—and how mechanics typically fix frame damage—you’ll have a better idea of when it’s necessary for your commercial truck frame repair.
Is Structural Rust An Issue For Trucks?
Fortunately, since metal isn’t as porous as wood, it doesn’t require a new coat of finish every year like your deck furniture. However, even if you don’t see cracks and rips in your truck bed, a significant amount of rust can still be hiding under that paint. Chances are good that you don’t want to carry cargo or tow anything with a rusty frame. Plus, there are many other parts of your truck that rely on a solid foundation—your axles and suspension come to mind—and if your frame is failing, it will have an effect on them all.
Rust, Corrosion, Stress, and Oil Leaks
Vehicle frames, especially those of large trucks and trailers, are under a lot of stress from cargo weight and travel. When exposed to moisture and extreme temperatures, rust can weaken structural integrity, meaning welds and fasteners might need replacement. In addition, look for stress cracks in areas where frame components join together. Cracks here may not seem serious on their own but if left unchecked, they could cause bigger problems down the road. Oil leaks are also something you should be aware of; if you spot pools of oil beneath your vehicle when parked or after driving it (especially over time), these could indicate that bolts have loosened or gaskets are leaking—meaning your vehicle’s repair needs will likely be much more extensive than initially anticipated.
When Do I Know When I Need Truck Frame Repair?
Small dents and dings are inevitable in commercial truck frames, but it’s easy to accidentally damage these areas while loading and unloading or while going through potholes and road bumps. In many cases, minor frame damage can be left alone. If you notice that a dent is growing larger, however, you should get it checked out by a professional right away. Any frame damage that isn’t addressed quickly could cause even more problems down the line, including weakened welds and stress cracks on welded joints (which are far more difficult—and expensive—to fix).
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