If you own a Peterbilt truck, you should always be mindful of its maintenance. Unexpected issues can cause major problems to ultimately sideline you and your Peterbilt truck. This is why we thought of sharing a list of the most common Peterbilt truck breakdowns and repair tips with you.
As your engine runs, your alternator will charge your battery and power your Peterbilt’s various electrical systems. If this alternator fails or malfunctions, your Peterbilt will be operating based on the power stored in your battery. Most trucks will be able to drive for 45 minutes or so before breaking down. If you suddenly lose power and come to a stop, you most likely have a worn alternator.
If your Peterbilt simply won’t start, chances are you have an issue with your battery. Batteries do age and become less effective; under regular usage, they generally fail every five years. Extremes of heat or cold, as well as regularly draining and recharging the battery, may speed up this process. To aid in avoiding this issue:
It is difficult to prevent every flat tire brought on by errant road debris. However, with the right safeguards, you may prevent early wear, blowouts, and the tire from falling off the bead. To aid in preventing these issues:
Some Peterbilt trucks struggle to reach 50,000 miles, while others can go up to 250.000 miles without a starting issue. One of the most common reasons why your truck isn’t starting is a bad starter motor in your Peterbilt. The starting motor may be failing if any of the following symptoms appear:
It is difficult to totally prevent running out of diesel, which happens to everyone at some point in their life. Although it happens seldom, sometimes a diesel-powered Peterbilt truck may simply run out of diesel. If you take the following steps, you can easily prevent both of these issues:
This only applies to Peterbilt trucks with manual transmissions, and even some of them use hydraulic clutches rather than cable-operated ones. The clutch cannot be disengaged if the clutch cable breaks. Don't worry; you should still be able to push the shifter into neutral and roll to a halt without suffering any harm. When having your oil changed, and tires rotated, ensure sure the clutch cable is inspected and greased to prevent problems. There are many warning indicators of an impending issue:
Glow plugs are designed to heat the air and diesel fuel mixture that enters your combustion chamber to encourage combustion. If these plugs fail, you may have a hard time starting your Peterbilt truck. This is especially true if it’s very cold outside. Do keep in mind that your engine can start without glow plugs, it’s just a lot more difficult.
As the owner of a Peterbilt truck, you may keep these in mind and work on the truck accordingly. This will help you to keep your truck up and running on the road without giving you any issues at all.
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