Truck parts shortages
Fleets share how they’ve endured truck, trailer equipment shortages. As fleets continue to struggle with parts shortages, procuring new equipment, and rising maintenance costs, they are forced to think of new, creative ways to keep their operations running. Fleets today are finding more ways to get creative as trucking equipment is still hard to come by. There are fleets currently that run 491 power units and more than 2,200 trailers—a mix of dry van, tanker, heavy haul, and flatbed. Because of the parts and equipment shortages that have plagued trucking operations through 2022 and into 2023. That has meant acquiring more used equipment and thinking outside the box when it comes to preventive maintenance intervals and parts procurement. There are, however, more challenges than benefits that her fleet has run into, especially when it comes to maintaining some of these older assets.
Everybody has a standard of how they operate. For instance, if the filter isn’t dirty, some people may not change it versus your company standard that might be to replace all the filters during an oil change. The benefit of buying used trucks is the immediate availability of the equipment. It also requires us to have more people because our number of breakdowns have gone up. More frequent repairs is another big one.
The majority of fleet maintenance is conducted by a third-party vendor. The carrier will find success by building relationships. It can definitely improve your unit downtime if you have relationships with your vendors. It can help with your cost benefits and staying ahead of recalls and parts shortages. You need to keep that line of communication open even if there is nothing pertinent. But as soon as you know that something is wrong with your fleet, don’t wait until the house is on fire to let your representatives know.
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