Winter is upon us, in full force. With snow and ice on the streets, already, we can expect that December, January, and February will feature more of the same with the potential to halt traffic and even cause horrendous collisions. Equipment operators brave the cold weather and brutal conditions keeping the streets clear, but they need their diesel loaders, snow plows, and spreaders maintained carefully to ensure reliable service no matter what the weather has in store.
Snow removal personnel are up and at ‘em, bright and early, everyday; keeping the streets clear for traffic to pass. If their start is delayed, then the entire city suffers. There is much more at stake than just moving some snow and ice. Lives could be in danger.
The time tested adage says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nowhere is this phrase more thoroughly proven than in the snow removal industry. Cold weather and diesel engines can be a challenging combination, but regular inspections and proper maintenance can give you the edge on the cold and save you dollars in the long run.
In addition to regularly scheduled maintenance, operators can keep their equipment running smoothly by performing daily inspections. A custom tailored and detailed daily inspection checklist for each vehicle is an excellent system for preventing small malfunctions from becoming huge catastrophes. Key points should include:
- Checking and topping off all fluids.
- Visual inspection of blades, teeth, hardware, hydraulic lines, and linkages.
- Visual inspection of braking components, including master cylinder.
- Check tire air pressure and tread condition, including minimum tread depth.
For all of your regularly scheduled maintenance needs, complete bumper-to-bumper service, as well as state-of-the-art diesel, direct injection, and turbo repair, you can count on Western Turbo, Winnipeg’s premier turbo diesel repair facility.