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Step-by-step Guide to Performing a Dump Truck Inspection

Regular inspections to assess the condition and functionality of a dump truck are an important way to ensure safe, efficient operation. These checks allow operators to identify potential issues, undertake any required maintenance, and confirm compliance with safety regulations. Using a dump truck maintenance checklist daily helps minimise the disruption and cost of unexpected machine downtime. 

The following list includes some recommended checks to be undertaken during a dump truck inspection.  

Dump truck inspection checklist 

  • Check engine and fluid levels  

An essential part of a dump truck daily inspection checklist is checking the engine and fluid levels. Conduct a visual inspection of the engine: can you spot any loose components, cracks, or defects? Examine fluid levels, such as whether the oil, coolant, and transmission fluids are between the minimum and maximum levels. It’s also important to check the engine temperature gauge is working to ensure your engine is not overheating.  

  • Check tyres and suspension 

Another important step involved in a dump truck pre trip inspection is to check the condition of the tyres and suspension. A truck’s weight can wear down rubber treads quickly, so it’s vital to inspect each tyre, the spare, and the suspension system to minimise the potential for a flat tyre or having a tyre blowout while driving. Check for evidence of tyre weakness, such as deep cuts, and the overall security of the wheel by testing that the nuts are tightened.  

  • Check underneath the truck  

Inspecting underneath the truck helps to identify any leaks or obstructions so that appropriate maintenance can be performed.    

  • Check the brakes  

Heavy vehicles experience greater wear on their brakes than cars do, meaning that brake pads need to be replaced more often. Inspecting this component during your dump truck inspection will help you to know if your brake pads are optimal. It’s also a useful way to determine when you’ll need to take your truck to a heavy mechanic like SuperService™ for brake replacement and to set up a maintenance schedule.  

  • Check the hydraulics 

Another key component of a dump truck inspection is to check the vehicle’s hydraulics are working correctly. A dump truck’s hydraulic system is responsible for lifting the bed and depositing the materials at the designated drop-off station. Should the hydraulics malfunction, the dump truck would be rendered inoperable, so it is vital that this system is regularly inspected.  

  • Check the dumping bed 

Although the truck’s bed tends to be made of sturdy material, such as aluminium or steel, it has the most exposure to abrasive materials and so tends to sustain damage during a trip. If you spot any evidence of structural weakening, such as cracks, or other faults, it is important to have it repaired by a heavy equipment specialist like SuperService™ to get it back in safe working order.  

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How SuperService™ can help you 

Although regular inspections can help reduce the risk of your dump truck malfunctioning, it’s important to engage a heavy equipment specialist to perform the required maintenance to keep your truck in tip-top condition. At SuperService™, we know the difficulties of truck breakdowns, and offer a wide range of services and repairs to help maintain your machine.  

For all your dump truck servicing or repair needs, please reach out to our organised and proactive team on 1300 895 895 or visit www.sservice.com.au for further details.

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