Spring is here and the best way to say thanks to your hard-working semi and its great performance over the winter is by giving it a maintenance overhaul. A spring checkup helps uncover any damage that may have occurred over the winter. There are components that are rather difficult to check without having the tools and skills of a skilled mechanic, but there are plenty of things you can check on your own.The best way to avoid costly repairs is to do preventative maintenance on a regular basis. Big Truck Hoods, your source for aftermarket truck bumpers, offers this handy truck maintenance list.\n\n\nCheck the Air\nTires are a major expense and they deserve your attention on a regular basis. The key to tire longevity is proper tire pressure.If the tires are properly inflated and you are noticing unusual tire wear, the problem could be in the suspension, alignment or shock absorbers. \n\nInspect Your Suspension\nVisually inspect your suspensions for any signs of tears, heat cracks or irregular wear. Also, make sure that the air springs have equal and sufficient pressure. \n\nLube It Up\nThere are a number of components on and in your semi that could use a good greasing up. This might be a job best handled by a mechanic if you don’t know what needs to be lubed.\n\nBelts and Hoses\nInspect and replace any belts or hoses that are brittle, too soft or otherwise worn. Don’t wait until the last minute to have worn hoses and belts changed out unless you want to find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Any belt or hose older than five years should be retired and replaced. \n\nFluid Levels\nThere are several fluids that should be checked in the spring, don’t miss any of them. In addition to checking the oil, brake fluid and antifreeze, you should also be checking the transmission fluid and windshield washing fluid. Low fluids need to be topped off and dirty fluids should be changed.\n\nChecks All Lights\nCheck to ensure your headlights, tail lights and hazard lights are all in good working order and change out any lights that are out. Don’t forget to check your turn signals as well.\n\nAir Filters\nYou understand the importance of swapping out the air filter on your HVAC unit. It is just as important that you change out the air filter on your semi on a regular basis as well. \n\nBattery, Plugs and Wires\nAfter a long winter of cold starts, you really need to check your battery, plugs and wires. These are the components that give a spark to your engine and if there is a problem, you are not going anywhere until it is resolved. The cold temperatures in the winter take a toll on your battery. So unless it is brand new, we suggest you have it tested just to make sure you are able to get through the summer without suffering a dead battery. Spring is also the best time of year to have any broken components on your truck replaced. Big Truck Hoods has the semi parts you need. Visit our website today.