Curtis Dorwart, vocational products marketing manager with Mack Trucks, says that operators who make sure that their trucks are properly oiled and lubed will save their municipalities plenty of money in eliminated repair bills. “Routine maintenance is absolutely critical for the long-term durability and reliability of the vehicle,” he says. “You will avoid a lot of downtime and expensive repairs later on by applying solid maintenance practices as recommended by the equipment manufacturer. Oil and grease can provide inexpensive insurance against high-dollar issues later.”
Municipal solid waste (MSW) vehicles suffer from many of the same potential trouble areas that most heavy-duty work trucks face. Missed oil changes, tires with low air pressure, and air systems that aren’t cleaned often enough can all lead to expensive repairs in the future.