Trucks are the workhorses of any business, and regular commercial truck repair and maintenance are critical to keeping them running smoothly and safely. Without it, your trucks will depreciate faster, function less effectively, and ultimately break down much more often. Here are the benefits of regular commercial truck repair and maintenance for your business.
Promoting a Culture of Driver Safety
Your business’ culture is set from the top, from the decisions you make about how to manage your trucks and drivers. When you decide to schedule regular commercial truck repair, you’re telling your entire organization that safety is your number one priority. Regular maintenance helps ensure that your trucks and drivers are well-equipped to handle the daily tasks and remain safe on the road.
Preventing Costly Downtime
Regular commercial truck repair and maintenance helps ensure that your trucks are running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. This eliminates the need for costly repairs, which can result in downtime that can be extremely costly for your business. Regular maintenance also helps to prolong the life of your trucks, saving you money in the long run.
Adhering to Regulations
There are many regulations in place that your business must adhere to when it comes to commercial truck repair and maintenance. Staying up to date on these regulations not only helps you remain compliant, but it also ensures that your trucks are meeting all of the necessary safety standards.
When you get regular maintenance, your mechanic will check several areas to make sure you’re not going to run into any trouble out on the road. Those regulations are in place to protect not just your drivers, but every motorist out there on the shared roadways.
Increasing Truck Trade-In Value
Regular commercial truck repair and maintenance help to ensure that your trucks are running as well as possible. This helps to increase the trade-in value of your trucks, which can save you money when it comes time to replace them. Over time, the depreciation costs of a truck can be significantly reduced if it is properly maintained.
Get Quality Commercial Truck Repair From C&M Motors
At C&M Motors, we specialize in quality commercial truck repair and maintenance. Our team of experienced and certified technicians can help keep your trucks running smoothly and safely. Contact us today at 800.736.3443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment.
Every component of your truck is important for fast, safe deliveries – but few parts are more important than your tires. Everything is riding on them, literally, and worn-down tires can quickly cause problems. They can become a major hazard on slick roads, as well as reducing your fuel efficiency.
C&M Motors is always here to provide commercial truck repairs when needed, but it’s best if you can avoid problems with your tires at all. Here are a few tips!
1 – Preventing Uneven Tire Wear
Tires, of course, wear down over time – but it’s best if both tires on an axle wear down at roughly the same rate. Uneven tire wear decreases the lifespan of your tires and risks a loss of control in difficult situations.
You can reduce uneven wear by:
- Keeping your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI.
- Avoiding high-force braking.
- Maintaining your suspension.
- Regularly rotating and balancing your tires at a commercial truck repair shop.
2 – The Importance of Tire Rotating, Balancing, And Alignment
These are the main forms of maintenance you should regularly give your tires.
Tire Rotating means moving tires around to different spots on the truck, to help them wear more evenly.
Tire Balancing reduces the negative effects of unevenly worn or slightly misshapen tires.
Tire Alignment ensures they’re all properly pointed exactly down the road.
All three services are necessary to get the best life and performance from your tires. Experts recommend contacting a commercial truck repair shop every 5,000-6,000 miles to keep your tires rolling smoothly.
3 – Know your truck tire numbers
Every tire sold in the US has a series of numbers on it which communicate a lot of information about the tire. For example: LT215/65R15 95H.
- LT = “Light truck,” the intended use of the tire
- 215 = the tire width in millimeters.
- 65 = The proportion of the tire’s height to its width, as a percentage.
- R = Radial, the tire’s construction.
- 15 = The size of the wheel the tire is intended for, in inches.
- 95 = How much weight, in pounds, the tire can support.
- H = The maximum speed the tire is rated for, A-H. Here, H means 130MPH.
Knowing these codes will help you select the right tire for your truck and job!
C&M Motors are your source for Hino trucks, as well as commercial truck repairs for all types of vehicles. If you’re having tire trouble in San Diego, contact us for assistance!
C&M Motors is excited to announce the arrival of our newest piece of equipment at our Vista location. The Hunter 670HD heavy duty truck wheel alignment machine.
We can now perform multi-axle alignments quickly and more accurately than ever. Hunter’s DSP760T heavy-duty alignment sensors reduce setup time and provide accurate alignment readings.
It sees all six sensors live to measure alignment angles and diagnose tire wear conditions, all designed to get the maximum mileage from you tires and suspension.
If you have a truck that has abnormal tire wear, or was in a minor collision, let C&M make sure the alignment is correct and all the wheels and tires are balanced properly. Both procedures will extend the life of the tires and help reduce wear on the suspension components. We also offer a complete collision center if the unfortunate larger accident has occurred, and once repairs are completed, we will make sure the alignment is spot on. Our Vista location is easy to reach and is ready to address all your commercial truck repairs. Also make sure to check out our online store for your belts and filters as well as cool custom gear for your Hino truck. We look forward to seeing you soon in Vista or our National City location.
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Design and Fabrication
C&M Motors has been helping local businesses create the perfect truck design for over 34 years. We provide custom truck body fabrication as well as truck bed fabrication, and fabricated parts all designed to fit your specific requirements. From refrigerated food trucks to custom trailers, no fabrication job is too large or complicated. Whether its custom shelves for your food truck, or a custom bed for hauling, we have the expertise to help you achieve your goals. When your truck is designed to suit your business needs, the job will be completed more effectively and efficiently – ultimately saving you money over time.
Used Trucks Re-imagined
If you have a used truck that needs to be re-purposed, our fabrication department can design and build the body and all the components needed to transform your truck into a valuable asset for your company. We offer a wide range of truck body fabrication services for a variety of trucks, from stake beds, dump bodies, reefer trucks, dry vans, trailers, beaver tails and more. If you can dream it up, we can build it.
Once your truck has been modified, we have a full range of custom accessories available to help make your truck shine.
Exterior Accessories include:
• Sun Visors
• Battery Covers
• Fog Lamps
• Air Deflectors
• Battery Locks
• Chrome Trim
• Window Visors
Wheel Accessories include:
• Hub cover kits
• Wheel simulators
Interior Accessories include:
• Floor mats
• Seat belts
• Seat covers
• Tactical seat covers
• Audio/Audio systems
Give us a call
When you’re ready or have any questions about our fabrication department, feel free to contact us and let our staff help turn good truck into a great truck. We also have a complete truck body shop prepared to make small and major repairs, including frame straightening and paint work.
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Summer is ending, and fall is right around the corner. Before the leaves start to turn, make sure your fleet is ready to roll through the changing weather. The sooner you perform the following truck fleet maintenance tasks, the sooner your fleet will be prepared to tackle the cooler weather, rain, and general vehicle wear that can the performance and reliability of your commercial truck fleet. Here are a few steps that will help you prepare for winter and 2021.
1. Perform a Visual Inspection
Give your vehicles a thorough visual inspection. Look for uneven wear on tires, leaky seals, damaged lights, worn windshield wipers, broken mirrors, etc. Replace any damaged components and do a more thorough inspection of any leaks you discover.
2. Give the Engine a Tune-Up
Tuning up your engine is essential truck fleet maintenance that ensures the engine performs as required regardless of the weather outside. It also helps improve engine efficiency, which makes it a cost-effective investment that will pay for itself over the months ahead.
3. Check the Emergency Gear
All commercial motor vehicles should be equipped with a cold-weather survival kit. At a minimum, your kit should contain snow brushes, shovel, flashlight, jumper cables, salt, road flares, and a First Aid kit. It’s also a good idea to make sure it has a radio, batteries, warm clothing, and water. Further, make sure that the truck has a set of chains and that the driver knows how to use them properly.
Don’t Forget the CARB’s!
While your drivers are no doubt thinking ahead towards the holidays and all the carbs on the table, don’t forget the CARB regulations you need to follow for your business. All commercial motor vehicles with a GVWR 26,000 lbs or greater must be CARB compliant starting in 2021. At a minimum, these vehicles must meet the 2010 model year equivalent standards.
If a vehicle is not CARB compliant, the DMV won’t allow you to register the vehicle until it meets CARB standards. In most cases, it is easier and far less expensive to apply those funds towards the lease or purchase of a new truck rather than trying to upgrade an older vehicle.
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2020 CARB regulations will be taking many trucks off the road by end of year. Are you ready? We can help!