Preventative Maintenance of Concrete Mixer Trucks

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Whenever your business takes delivery of a new mixer truck, whether you’re just starting out in the business or adding a new vehicle to your fleet, your maintenance people need to do a deep dive into the accompanying owner’s manual. New models arrive with differences due to manufacturers keeping abreast of technological improvements and incorporating them.

That can mean you have several different models in your fleet and your managers are required to document maintenance for numerous, somewhat different trucks. Later we’ll show you how that may not need be a hardship. In fact, it can be very good news.


Make Your Drivers Aware of Their Daily Duties

Ensure that your drivers know exactly what their responsibilities are regarding operating and driving your vehicles, and also inspecting their truck each day which is designed to keep operators safer on the job. Safety needs to be the focus of everything your drivers do. Constantly hammer that message home. Accidents can prove costly and dangerous to the point of life-ending. Prevention is key.

  • Check hydraulic systems for fluid levels and proper function before loading.
  • Check remote controls for proper function.
  • Prior to unloading, always wet down the back of the truck and the chute to keep concrete from sticking.
  • When transporting a load, keep the barrel speed at 2 to 3 rpm.
  • If you have excess product, make wind rows for later recycling so it doesn’t get wasted.
  • Wash out the barrel after each unload.
  • Always raise lift axles before reversing your truck.
  • Keep an eye on your slump metre to ensure your load is the correct consistency.
Don’t Overlook Inspecting the Chassis

Inspecting the truck’s chassis is imperative for the safety of the driver and the motoring public. It also reveals any potential vehicle issues before they become hazardous.  Perform a pre-trip inspection of the truck before loading. If you learned pre and post trip inspections in driver training school, you know how to inspect the vehicle no matter which type of vehicle you learned on.

Use a Checklist to Ensure Safety
  • Start by checking all fluid levels under the hood and adding as necessary.
  • Examine all belts and hoses. Any wear, leaks, or defects must be reported to technicians.
  • Check all lights and report any issues.
  • Examine wheels and tires for loose fasteners or abnormal wear.
  • Look for anything rubbing on moving components. These could be a safety hazard.
  • In the cab with the engine running check your air compressor and system according to manufacturer’s specifications.

These methods are important daily duties. But more important is having managers equipped with a system for recording all maintenance inspections and issues. As we mentioned earlier, owning a fleet acquired over time means different maintenance schedules. Now you can have regularly scheduled maintenance inspections by technicians, so you never miss any.

Sorting it all Out

EMDECS was built to provide maintenance schedules tailored for different makes and models of trucks and specialty vehicles. And it’s all done digitally so you are not burdened with storage of records. Every truck you own is at your fingertips with any internet device. Check maintenance records and much more. 

Having a vehicle history available instantly with maintenance and repair records can really boost your fleet’s resale value. And updating the fleet with new trucks can be done over time, one at a time saving a huge capital outlay at one time. Trust EMDECS from BrightOrder, a specialist in truck service and repair software. For a free demo contact BrightOrder to see how EMDECS can simplify your maintenance to keep your trucks road ready.

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