Preventive maintenance is important in a fleet service of vehicles to keep your cars reliable and on the road. Your fleet service vehicles should go through routine inspections, servicing and necessary repairs to reduce the chance of breakdowns. A fleet car’s service should be based on the amount of engine hours, mileage, time or the amount of fuel used. Maintenance should include adjustments, testing, lubrication, inspection, repair and replace worn parts. To get the most out of your fleet vehicle repairs and inspection should be done on a scheduled basis.
Ignoring the scheduled service will lead to greatly reducing the life span of your vehicle. Some of the vehicles in your fleet may be prone to excessive breakdowns that will require expensive repairs, which leads to taking the vehicle out of your fleet when least expected or when needed most. By ignoring proper maintenance to your fleet can also lead to an unsafe vehicle that could put your employee at risk. If one of your fleet vehicles becomes unsafe due to improper maintenance or repair the fleet manager can be held liable for any damages. The bottom line is the vehicle must be safe to operate.
The word sludge alone does not sound good, but when you put the word engine in front of it “engine sludge” it is as bad as it sounds for your motor. The sludge in your motor is made up of old and jellied oil that comes from heat, oil additives and extreme oil contamination. Sludge usually takes a long time to develop in your engine and builds up over time by skipping your oil changes when recommended or driving long distances past when the oil should have been changed. Not changing your oil at the recommended intervals is the main reason your engine develops sludge. The reason for this is because over time your engine oil will become contaminated with acids, metal contaminates and water condensation that transforms into engine sludge. By not changing your oil as required will increase the chances of sludge buildup and damaging all the moving parts in your motor.
Under the hood heat and long periods of motor stress can also lead to sludge build up in your motor. Another culprit is high humidity in the air. When the humidity is high it enters into your engine oil and creates the oil to get hard and sludge buildup. You can avoid this by following the recommended oil change intervals by your car manufacture.
Do not discard that your motor can get sludge build up over time resulting in engine damage and expensive repairs. Take notice of the driving conditions you face between oil changes and this will greatly reduce the chance of sludge developing in your motor.