We talk a lot about preventative care and maintenance, but it’s just as important to know the key signs and red flags to look at when your truck or van needs repairs. Being able to identify signs your engine needs repairs or maintenance is critical to avoiding major engine issues and faults, as well as working to extend the life of your truck. 

We often get asked by our customers, “what should I be looking for?”, so we wanted to share this with everyone. Here are some of the common signs we often tell our customers to look / keep an eye out for:

Increased fuel consumption

Increased fuel consumption is a sign that something isn’t quite right with your vehicle. Running out of fuel due to faulty fuel gauges is easily avoidable through routine maintenance and inspections. Remember, correct and timely maintenance can reduce the occurrence of fuel issues.

Irregular noises

If you notice noises which are out of the norm, it likely means something is wrong with your truck. You know better than anyone what are ‘normal noises’ your truck makes, and if you hear irregular vibrations, rattling or knocking, pull over and call your local truck repair shop.

Burning smells or smoke

If you notice a chemical smell that smells like something is close to burning, or smoke appears, this could be your brakes or an irregular issue with your engine. If you notice a smell or smoke, pull over and allow the brakes to fully cool and call Truckfix WA to assist.

Leaking fluid

If you identify that fluid is leaking from your vehicle, this isn’t right. Fluid leaks can be a result of many different issues, however, there is a good chance it could be your brakes. As we’ve said, when it comes to you brakes there’s no time to mess around – get them checked straight away for your own peace of mind and safety.

Avoid unwanted issues, and don’t compromise on your safety, or the safety of others on the road. Keep an eye out for the key signs your engine needs repairs and help extend the life of your truck and avoid unwanted breakdowns.

Don’t forget, we’re here to help you along the way. At Truckfix WA we specialise in servicing European and Japanese heavy vehicles. Specifically specialising in truck service and repairs across makes such as Iveco trucksDAF trucksVolvo trucksFuso trucksIsuzu trucksUD trucks and Hino trucks, and many more.

Get in contact with Perth’s European and Japanese truck engine rebuild and reconditioning specialists today!

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