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What do you do to get your truck ready for the snow season?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by tomoaktree, Oct 23, 2002.

  1. tomoaktree

    tomoaktree Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    What are some helpfull things to do for preventitive maintenance and winterizing your truck?
    Here is a couple of things I always do .
    1)Change oil & lube
    2)Put winter tires on
    3)Spray wires w/silicone
    4)Check all hoses
     
  2. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    I run GM products. I turn the key.



    Don't I wish!
     
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    For the 3500: Change oil, filter, chassis lube, replace air filter, replace fuel filter, transmission service - change fluid and filter, service rear axle and trasfer case, check all brakes - replace worn pads and shoes, replace thermostat and coolant, check and replace wheel seal.

    1500 - similar to above plus replace exhaust system, fabricate entire fuel line, replace battery and new winter windshield wipers.

    Checked all hoses and belts. Replaced serpentine belt on 3500.

    Studded tires go on the 3500 after Nov 1st.

    At least that's what I did this year. I should be ready.
     
  4. speedracer241

    speedracer241 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I put a new set of Monroe Muscle's on the front of my truck. Just finished it tonight.
    Its snowing as I type,
    Mark K
     
  5. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    1. Increase tire pressure (especially on the front, but not over the maximum limit)

    2. Change all fluids (oil, coolant, trans, transfer case, differentials).

    3. Have the battery checked.
     
  6. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    Those above advices are good, and I know that there are alot more that can be done. I have a copy of Chuck Smith's Snowplow Handbook and I remember that there are endless list of things that you can do to prepare your truck for the winter. A really good book. I will have to pull that book out someday soon and starting working by the list. Probably would the best to do in November after the leaves clean up because everything seems to get dirty and dusty in the truck.
     
  7. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Thanks for the compliment Stephen. I actually wrote this back in 1998, and I just noticed there is no link to it on my main page of my site.

    http://www.snowplowing-contractors.com/winter.html

    And yes, I actually carried all that stuff in my 1980 GMC, and 90% of it fit behind the bucket seats, and in the center console I made.

    Right now, I am in the process of writing a new list for my new employer. It's a bit tricky with 8 of our own trucks (Ford, Dodge, International), and sub contractor rigs to worry about. Good thing the Ranger is an extra cab!

    The updated version of my book will include even more prep items.

    ~Chuck
     
  8. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 75

    Thats a great post by Mick. I would not forget the tranny service, diff fluid change, and grease hubs while your at it. I always take along a portable jump starter, and jumper cables just in case. I am really sold on those jump starters now, can not tell you how many times I have used that thing.

    Jay
     
  9. J.Henderson

    J.Henderson Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    #1 Get my plow ordered and installed!!!!!!!

    I just got my loan approved for$3400.00, now I am deciding between Boss and Western. What are the ballpark for a Western 8 1/2 MVP or a 7'6" Pwer V from Boss? I got the prices for a 8 1/2 foot in both models for a straight blade. Still Wondering if the prices are that much higher for a foot narrower in the V configuration.
     
  10. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Thanks, Shady Brook. As some sharp eye probably figured, that was from a shop service order. I called the dealer where I bought it and said I wanted it checked out good in addition to a brake job. The service manager kept making "recommendations" which all sounded like good ideas to me. I guess I should have said that's what I "had done" rather than "did". I paid for it, though. That should count for something :) .
     
  11. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 75

    Mick,

    I like your honesty. :) Hey, long as the stuff gets done, and your ready to go, it does not matter who did the service. Have a good plowing season.

    Jay