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Clutch Adjustment – When is it Time?

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Have you noticed your clutch slipping? Maybe it feels sticky, or there isn’t enough ‘give’ when you engage the pedal?  For a clutch to be properly adjusted you need 1 to 2 inches of free-play in the clutch before it is engaged.  If the clutch is tight from the moment you engage the pedal, your clutch needs adjusting.

When we adjust the clutch, the first thing we’ll do is spin the clutch brake. This is engaged when the clutch is pressed all the way to the floor.  If it doesn’t spin, that’s a good thing. Clutch brakes will wear out if they’re engaged while the truck is moving (they’re designed to be used to initially get the truck into gear).

If you think your clutch could use an adjustment, give us a call!  A regular maintenance schedule will go a long way to avoiding costlier repairs.



Passing a DOT Check

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If you’ve ever been through a DOT checkpoint, you know they can be thorough. They’ll check everything from lights to brakes and exhaust systems, and if you are flagged for something big – your truck could be taken out of service.

A regular maintenance schedule is a great way to keep your truck is top shape, and avoid possible DOT checkpoint delays. We can help you with that. Give us a call!



Cooling off an Overheating Engine

An overheating engine is not something you should ignore.  It can cause major damage to a cylinder, camshaft, bearings and crankshaft, to name just a few.

There are many reasons your truck engine may be overheating.  Maybe your coolant is too low. Maybe it’s an equipment malfunction.  Or, it might be as simple as a debris clog.

All kinds of coolers are found in truck engines – from the radiator cooler, to A/C cooler, power steering cooler, fuel coolers… and sometimes, debris can build up between them. You should be able to see the debris if you take a look under the truck.

We can remove those pieces and clean them and the engine out, which could solve your overheating problems.  Give us a call and let us take a look!



Air Filter Maintenance and the Health of your Engine

Let’s talk about air filters. When it comes to keeping clean air flowing to your engine, regularly replacing your filter is an absolute must.

There are quite a few options available for air filters – generally speaking, we like to use what the manufacturer recommends.

So how often should you change your filter?  As with many other maintenance items, it really depends. If you primarily drive on the highway, your filter may last longer than, say, if you are in dustier, dirtier locations often. If dirt gets into your intake, it can damage your engine pretty quickly.

If you have questions about how often your filter needs to be replaced, we’d be happy to help you come up with a schedule.  Give us a call!



The Weather and Tire Pressure

The weather, as you may know, can play a big part in your tire pressure. It’s important to keep that in mind, particularly as the temperature drops.

Watch for more information on tire pressure.

Many trucks now have tire pressure monitors that will give you a heads up if the pressure is too low, but checking pressure manually is still a good idea. As a general rule, it’s best to check first thing in the morning. 

A tire can lose approximately 2 PSI for every 10-degree temperature loss.  So, if there is a wide temperature fluctuation during the day, be aware that the pressure will slowly increase as the temperature warms up (and vice versa for a temperature drop). 

The side of the tire will the max pressure that tire can hold for the max load it can carry.  One more note – don’t neglect to check the pressure on inside dual tires. Sometimes you may not even realize the inside tire is low. That’s why we recommend checking pressure at least once or twice a week.

If you have questions about this or anything other truck maintenance issues, please give us a call! 



Watch what our Lightning-Quick Baking Process Means for your Truck’s Body Work

When you need body work, or just a refresh on your paint job, you really can’t do any better than the Sawaya Staff and our downdraft paint booth.

With our paint booth, we can control all of the elements to get the best possible finish. Our baking cycle can dry a fresh coat within 45 minutes.  In fact, after less than an hour, it is ready to be reassembled and washed. This completely takes out any worries of weather changes, like temperature or humidity.  And that means, faster turnaround for our customers.

It’s just another way Sawaya Fleet Serves you!



Highest Honor

Serving our community is one of the things we strive to do here at Sawaya. We recently received a humbling recognition from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.

For the past 6 years, we have supported the Vietnam Helicopter War Museum by donating parts and labor for the trailer, and moving it from location to location.

This group honoring those who gave so much for our country presented US with a plaque to thank us for our help. WE are the ones who should be thanking them for their service. What a source of pride!

 

For more information on this wonderful group, to see the schedule of the memorial, and to find out how you can donate to them, you can visit their website: http://www.rmcvhpa.com.

From all of us at Sawaya Fleet Services, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.



Estimates – New Streamlined Program, Same Great Service

Our decades of experience here at Sawaya Fleet Services is a great plus for our customers. But just because we’ve been in business for so long doesn’t mean we are consistently looking for new ways to streamline our services.

The new AdjustRite estimates system is a great example of that. Watch this video and see how it is the perfect tool for getting accurate estimates to our customers as quickly as possible!

Mixing new technology with the same great customers service we have always provided. It’s just one more way Sawaya Fleet Serves You!

 



Experience and Growth

The fact that we have decades of experience here at Sawaya Fleet Services is a great benefit for our clients.  But we also are continually changing with the times and growing our knowledge of the trucking industry.

Watch our video to learn more about how experience and growth go hand in hand for us.

Keeping up with industry trends, consistently training and growing, yet keeping our personalized customer service is what we are all about. Give us a call and let us show you the many ways Sawaya Fleet serves you!



The Letters we LOVE to Receive

Nothing makes us prouder than making our customers happy.  Our whole business is built around superior customer service.

Listen to some of our team members talk about Sawaya’s values.

 

We received a letter just recently from Kenneth with SealMaster Denver that had our whole team smiling.

Kenneth, thank you for making our day.  We hope we’ll always meet your expectations.