Whether you bought your pickup truck to do some good hard dirty hauling, to get you through brushy terrain for hunting or just because you always wanted one, you can get more out of it by taking proper care of it. These basic guidelines can help.
Clean It Up
Keeping your truck clean will not only impress your friends and your mother, but will actually extend the life of your surfaces. Sparkling windows can help reduce glare when driving. Giving the exterior a wash and wax can keep the paint from being damaged as easily. Take the truck to a carwash and do a powerwash on the undercarriage – especially if driving in salty or sandy road conditions.
Mats and Liners
Sturdy floor mats not only protect carpet from wear, but also from mud, dirt, water and spills. They are also removable for easy cleaning. It would also be highly beneficial to have protective sprayed-in bed liners applied. These liners seal to the truck’s surfaces to prevent corrosion from water and rust, and damaging scratches.
Even a minor rip or tear in your upholstery can look shabby at best, and at worst can decrease the vehicle’s resale value. Repair or have them repaired as soon as possible. Leather repair kits are also available, if needed.
If any hardware comes loose, mirrors break or a hubcap comes off, repair or replace it quickly before it becomes more serious. Small things can escalate quickly mad may affect other items.
Last, but certainly not least is maintenance. Regularly checking fluids, belts and hoses with keep your engine running more smoothly. Keep tires inflated to the recommended level, rotate frequently, and have your brakes looked at each time.
You love your truck, so take good care of it and keep it in top condition. Remember, if you clean it up and fix it up, you can rev it up.