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While you’ll always need a professional service for your vans, some basic maintenance can be taken in-house

This content was provided on behalf of SGS Engineering

RUNNING a fleet of business vans is costly, particularly where repairs and maintenance are concerned. Recently though, a number of companies are finding that they can increase profits dramatically by conducting basic in-house maintenance procedures. All of the following service repairs are simple and can be carried out by any of your staff.

 

Changing diesel fuel filters

Most diesel vans will have two fuel filters; a primary filter found between the engine and the fuel tank; and a secondary one closer to the engine. Both of these are very easy to change and you’ll find a step-by-step guide either in your owner’s manual or at one of many online sites. The most important rule to remember is to never have the engine running whilst changing the filters; diesel engines produce an incredibly powerful suction, so you don’t want to risk something being sucked through and damaging the engine.

 

Battery maintenance

Cleaning the posts on your van battery will help to keep your van running smoothly and efficiently. Firstly, remove your battery terminals, ensuring that you always remove the negative cable first. Next clean the posts, using baking soda and water. Coca-Cola also works. Now rinse off the posts with a little water, dry and grease them, and replace the battery terminals.

 

Changing windshield wipers

This process is simple but important to know, as windshield wipers often need replacing on an annual or bi-annual basis. Consult your owner’s manual or look online to determine which replacement blades you require. Blades can easily be acquired from all auto shops or online. To change the wiper blades, lift the wipers and slide out the old blades. Be sure to check how the blades are attached, as this varies from van to van. Next, attach the new blades, ensuring that you do not bend the wiper arms. Make sure that the new wiper blades are secure.

 

The next step

These are only basic procedures, but over time, they will save your business money, particularly if you operate a large fleet. What’s more, if you’re prepared to invest in some quality equipment (such as tools and machinery from SGS Engineering) and some training from a professional mechanic, there’s nothing to stop your in-house team from getting to grips with far more complex jobs as well. The less you are reliant on outsourcing your repairs and services from another company, the more money your business will save in the long term.

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