National Connections, Local Ownership
National Connections, Local Ownership

Don’t Take Wheel Alignment for Granted in New Trucks

When new trucks are delivered from the manufacturer, you would expect everything would be working to its optimum performance. Not so fast.

Our industry is only too familiar with the tight margins we all operate under, so getting the best performance out of our vehicles, parts, and components is absolutely essential in order to gain productivity and profitability. Making sure that we get longer, safer use out of our tires is a big contributor to this greater profitability.

In her recent IdeaXchange blog, Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services for NationaLease, alerts fleet owners to an issue that might go unnoticed. Acknowledging that proper wheel alignment is critical to tire lifecycle and helps to improve fuel mileage, Jane cites a NationaLease member’s observation that should be heeded by fleet owners, managers, technicians, and drivers.

Bill McAnally, Vice President of Maintenance for Miller NationaLease, noted that he was noticing that customers were bringing in trucks for maintenance with tire wear too early in the truck’s life. During an investigation he conducted, he found that “trucks were coming from the factory with inaccurate alignments.

His suggestion: fleets should perform an alignment check on every new vehicle in the fleet. The result of these alignment checks should be less irregular wear and a longer lifecycle for your tires.

Read Jane’s full article for more detailed information.

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