A pre-trip trucking inspection forms part of every journey. A thorough check ensures proper functioning of components, inspection of damage and helps to replace parts before departure. Fluid, oil, and coolant can leak en-route leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Tighten caps of the rad, oil filler, liquid, and dipstick. Inspect the engine block may have leaks, fluid trickling down and hoses for cracks. Check for cracks or frays. Ensure fan belts have proper tension and no signs of wear. Scan the engine fan for pieces detached from the blades and exposed or misaligned wires. Take a look at the windshield wiper for an optimum fluid level. Observe steering axle tires for rugged wear and nails. Check if shock absorbers, kingpins, and ball joints have worn out or run out of lubricants.
Examine all tires on the rig and trailer, airlines, and electrical cord for proper connection. Visually inspect the 5th wheel for alignment to the truck. Ensure the legs and landing gear stay in position and crank handle securely. Trailer suspension requires firmly fitted airbags and undamaged springs. Brake pads should have the right thickness and brake adjustment indicators well positioned. Explore the entire body thoroughly for noticeable flaws. Ensure all lights run at full tilt. Listen for pressure leaks as you inspect the unit.
Start Your Machine
- Depress the clutch or start the engine
- Inspect gauges for proper oil pressure and charging electrical system
- Do not the truck idle beyond 650 RPM
- Look at the indicators again and building air pressure
- Switch on all lights and flashers
- Visually scrutinize the motor for leaks
- Look at belts for proper tension and proper turning
Any defects spotted during the trucking inspection call for immediate redress. Trucking pre-inspection plays a vital role in fuel efficiency, safety, and minimizing fleet expenditure.