Refuse truck maintenance always has a cost, but performing preventative maintenance will save you money in the long run by keeping your vehicles on the road.

Regular maintenance is the single biggest preventer of unscheduled downtime for refuse trucks. Unscheduled downtime can cause missed route stops and unhappy customers. A well run preventative maintenance program can help keep your overall maintenance costs down.

The hydraulic system on refuse trucks includes the pump, hydraulic fluid filter, high-pressure hoses and cylinders. Make sure to inspect and replace the hydraulic fluid filter regularly. The filter helps prevent the hydraulic fluid in the system from being contaminated by foreign materials. Ensure to periodically inspect the fittings connecting the segments of hydraulic tubing and hoses throughout the hydraulic system as well as for any damaged lines.  Leaks anywhere in the system can adversely affect hydraulic performance and can introduce foreign material into the hydraulic system.

The garbage compactor body has many moving parts. It is important to frequently check that all lubrication points are adequately lubricated. Lack of lubrication will result in premature damage.

Checking regularly for any cracking or fatigue of metal components is recommended.

Routine cleaning can also help maintain the appearance, as well as performance of the truck by helping to prevent rust damage.

Remember – If your refuse truck is performing slowly, or if you are leaking hydraulic oil, then something is probably worn out or out of adjustment.

If you have questions, call John Hurley at Mid-Iowa!

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