blank 06/20/16 10:25AM classic trucks, Truck Maintenance, Vintage Trucks

Getting Your Muscle Truck Summer Ready

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Now that you have made it through the winter and summer has arrived you may be wondering how to get your muscle truck ready for the sunny days ahead. In many areas of the country you may have temperatures rising well into the 100ís and unless your truck is fully prepared, these hot temps can really make driving a miserable thing to do. While many people start preparing for the hotter months by early to mid-spring, there is still plenty of time to get everything done now as long as you know what to do. To combat the heat and fully enjoy cruising down the roadways in your truck you may want to pay attention to a few simple, yet very important things to bring your truck into the summer weather by having the right parts and service for the most important parts of your muscle truck.


When your tires have the right amount of pressure you will have less worries about blowouts or slow air leaks. When the temperatures rise outside, so do the temperatures of tires when you are driving down the hot pavement. The heat, combined with improper air pressure in the tires can lead to dangerous outcomes including a tire exploding and causing serious bodily injury as well as damage to the truck.


After making it through the cold months of winter and driving in rain, snow and other cold and possibly slick weather, your brakes really need to be checked. During the winter when you may find yourself stomping on the brakes more often than usual in order to avoid sliding as well as to prevent slamming into other slow, nervous winter drivers and this can really take a toll on your brake pads as well as your rotors if you are not careful. If you own a muscle truck, you probably work hard to keep it well-maintained and may have done a lot of the restoration work on your own. If so, before you start driving a lot in the summer you really should do a complete brake inspection and make sure the brakes are in good condition for the summer.


To be honest, the majority of people will overlook the battery when they are getting their truck ready for the heat. A battery is such an important part of any motor vehicle and it really must be in good condition or the engine simply will not crank and run. If the battery is weak, it can often drain in extreme temperatures and leave you stranded. Nothing is worse than being stuck far from home or the garage in the hot sun on a summer afternoon. Be sure to test the voltage on the battery and take the cables off and make sure they are clean. Build up on battery terminals can drain the battery and prevent it from getting a full charge when driving.


Another very important engine component to check is your oil. You need to make sure it is changed at regular intervals but it needs to be checked at every fill-up to make sure the oil is not black and that it is not leaking. In older trucks you should be okay for anywhere from 3500 to 5000 miles between oil changes. Newer trucks or trucks that use synthetic oils can go for up to 7000 miles before the oil needs changed. The time between changes will vary depending on the terrain you drive on as well as the climate that you live in.

Air Conditioner

Now that you are thinking about how hot the summer months get where you live, you may be thinking about the air conditioner in the truck as well. During the winter, the last thing on your mind is the air conditioner but wait until that first day of 100 degree temperatures hits your area and you will be wishing you had thought of it much sooner. Temperatures have already been rising and if you have not already, now is definitely the time to have your AC system checked. Hoses need checked for leaks and the entire system should be recharged as needed.


The coolant system is especially important in the summertime. These are the months that the most automobiles overheat during a drive and the time of the year when more people end up replacing radiators because they let the antifreeze get too low to drive safely. Make sure the antifreeze is filled and while you are at it, check the hoses to make sure you do not have a leak anywhere.


All belts in the truck need to be checked for signs of age and wear. If you see cracks or rips, the belt needs to be replaced as soon as possible. If a belt breaks while you are out for a drive, your drive will be over until you can get to an auto parts shop or the garage to replace it.

Transmission Fluid

Your transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids in the truck. If it gets too low your entire transmission can lock up and then, your truck will be garaged or parked until you can find a new transmission. Rebuilt transmissions for certain muscle trucks can be very difficult to locate, especially if the truck is a vintage muscle truck. When you check the fluid level you also need to check the color of the fluid and make sure it is a vibrant pink or bright red if it is automatic transmission. If the fluid has turned brown, you need to change it as soon as possible because it is old and worn out. If it smells burnt, you will know that you have a problem and you need to have the transmission serviced as quick as possible.


Anyone that drives down the highway in the summer knows that all cars and trucks attract bugs, and unfortunately, the windshield is one of the first places that a bug finds when you are driving. Be sure to have your blades replaced at the beginning of the summer and fill the washer fluid up all the way so you can wipe the bugs away as soon as they land. When the fluid is low or the blades are old and worn out, you can smear grime across the windshield that can cause difficulty seeing the road when you are driving.

Wash and Wax

Driving in the winter takes a great deal out of the body of a car, especially if you live in the snow and ice and have to drive through salt and other road chemicals all winter. The best thing you can do for your truck is going to be a detailed wash from top to bottom and be sure to get all areas including under the hood/ You want to get rid of all the salt and other chemicals and any winter grime that has built up anywhere on the truck. Once you get the outside, be sure to take a vacuum to the interior and give the windows a good cleaning as well. When you finish, take a little wax and use it to protect the truck and really bring the beautiful shine out to show off to everyone that sees you cruising down the road. Wax not only makes the truck look good now but it can protect the paint and help ensure that it looks good for many years to come as well.

If you plan to take your muscle truck to shows this summer, be sure to schedule professional auto transport with a trusted company that will work closely with you to ensure safe handling and quick transport so you will have the truck arrive on time for the show. The summer is a time when many shows are held nationwide and it is also the best time of year to find parts, accessories and even new trucks to buy. Happy driving and be sure to take care of your truck this summer!



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