Winterizing a fleet of vehicles is a priority anytime the weather turns, but what many executive bus fleet owners do not realize is the same care needs to be taken when ‘summerizing’ a fleet as well. There is key maintenance that should occur before the hot, dry weather conditions associated with the summer months. In today’s blog, our experts at CoachWest will cover top tips on how to effectively summerize your executive fleet.
It’s All About the Coolant
Summer maintenance should revolve around each vehicle’s coolant system. The spokesperson for their article A Summary of Summer Maintenance is Brian Tabel-the executive marketing director of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.
Preventative maintenance is the key with preventing overheating, de-rates, and warning light trips.
Perform These Tasks as Routine Maintenance
We highly suggest you perform these maintenance tasks this summer:
- Target the cooling system by inspecting the air flow through the radiator and noting whether fans are turning on and off correctly.
- Look at the A/C system to ensure proper charge, and that the operator will be comfortable in extreme temperatures.
- Examine the tires and air pressure.
- Go over the alternator by checking to make sure the cooling fins are clean and free of de-icing chemicals used during winter months.
These areas are cause for major expense if you don’t look at them from a preventative measures perspective.
Check on these areas, particularly before and after a long-distance road trip:
- The belts for cracks and tension.
- Coolant hoses.
- The temperature when the fan clutch engages.
- Water pump.
- Cabin vent filter.
- Air duct temperature with the A/C running.
- HVAC, heater and air directional controls.
Making sure to check these key areas, as well as having your mechanical shop service the engines as needed, ensure proper summerizing of your fleet.
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