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prep to plow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by edmuhlb, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. edmuhlb

    edmuhlb Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    What do you need to do to your truck to make sure that your truck will make it thru the season . What do I tell the mechanic to look for .Where is the most wear on the truck ETC
  2. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Don't tell the mechanic anything......YOU need to check the Truck out...You Need to get to know the Truck....You need to Know how to do some Basic repairs...Because,YOU will be the one at 3 in the Morning Broken down in a Snow Storm...I doubt the "Mechanic" is gonna answer his phone....:salute:
  3. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Agreed - best to know your workhorse inside and out. Best way to do this is to familiarize yourself with locations of basic parts: brakelines, steering components, alternator, waterpump, etc. Certainly check oil, tranny fluid, engine coolant every day.
  4. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Trucks- Check/top off fluids and all the other stuff the other guys said.... Also check the under carriage for cracks and stuff.. lol i usually check all plows my mechanics who are certified do all the trucks.(who WORK for me) They can also plow so its a win-win situation to have them around.

    Plows-I always top off all fluids, Dielectric grease all connections at the end of the season, grease everything in and out. And never really have any problems. Stock up on Simple parts like hoses, springs, fluid, Bolts, etc Just the stuff that is Easy to fix, but would kill you if you had to wait 2-5 hours until the closest plow parts store opened.
  5. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    in addition to what has been said. change your fluids,front end parts, u joints, and battery
  6. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Does your truck have dual batteries?
    Upgraded Suspension?
    Brakes Checked?
    Tires Ok?
    All Fluids Changed in truck & plow?
  7. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 888

    Before you put Dielectric grease on ALL electrical connections, a must, you need to take apart all the connections and clean them well.
    Make sure that they are all tight after you put them back together.
    Apply Di grease.