January 11th, 2015 | Phoenix Truck Driving Institute

With long stretches of driving in your future, you might not always be near a shop when your truck needs maintenance. Because of this, it is important to understand how to do basic maintenance on your truck. After you complete truck-driving school and start to officially work as a driver, use this guide to help you change the oil in your commercial truck:

Use the Right Kind of Oil

One of the biggest maintenance mistakes seen in commercial trucks is using the wrong kind of oil. It is important to use the right viscosity of oil or you might not get great gas mileage. Using the wrong viscosity might also ruin the engine and cause larger problems with your truck. Look at the viscosity listed on the oil filter cap before changing the oil to see what kind of viscosity your truck needs.

Change the Oil Routinely

If you want to get the most out of your engine, you should change the oil and replace the filters every 3,500-5,000 miles. This routine maintenance can extend the life of your engine and prevent the need for unnecessary repairs. When you change the oil and use the right viscosity, it allows the engine to work the way it was meant to work.

Opt for the Better Grades

You can find out the grade by looking at the back of the oil bottle. It is a good idea to splurge a little bit on oil so you can give your truck the best kind of lubrication. Spending a little bit of extra money on the oil helps you avoid major repair costs at a later date.

At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, we work hard to teach you all the skills you need to know to successfully drive a truck as a career. With our small classes and dedicated teachers, we can give you the knowledge you need to feel completely comfortable behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. To learn more about our programs, visit us online or call (877) 205-5372.