Fleet Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

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Fleet Vehicle Maintenance Checklist
A reliable engine should run smoothly when started. (yellow car, a honda Japanese sport car model image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.com)

A fleet vehicle maintenance checklist helps to provide an array of routine measures taken to preserve the mechanical condition of fleet vehicles and maintain vehicle safety. For fleet vehicles, a maintenance checklist consists of assessments such as license and training requirements, pretrip mechanical inspections, operator responsibilities and records retention. They are aimed at ensuring safety of the vehicles as well as minimising would-be incidences of deaths, injuries and losses caused by ill maintenance of fleet vehicles.

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Static Engine Checks

Routine static engine checks for fleet vehicles include looking for radiator leaks, checking engine coolant levels and ensuring that the radiator cap is firmly in place. Test belts are also examined for signs of wear as well as correct belt tension. For the fan, routine checks include inspection for bent blades and loose mountings. For the engine battery in fleet vehicles, maintenance checks include looking for signs of cracking and corrosion, and checking electrolyte levels. A check for damaged or leaking engine parts is also done.

Cabin Checks

From the confines of a fleet vehicle cabin, routine maintenance checks include seat adjustments, driver position and access to dashboard resources. The cabin is also checked to ensure that seat belts and other cabin materials are not worn out. Rear view and wing mirrors are examined to ensure they are properly inclined. Other cabin checks include correct display of vehicle registration and insurance documents.

External Checks

A routine fleet maintenance check also consists of examining the exterior condition of a fleet vehicle. This includes checking proper tire pressure, excessive or uneven tire wear, tire rims for potential damage as well as ensuring that proper mud flaps are fitted on a vehicle and its trailer where applicable. Other exterior checks include visibility of number plates.

Running Engine Checks

Running engine checks are carried out on fleet vehicles to ascertain the condition of a vehicle's engine. A reliable engine should run smoothly when started. There should be no knocking or abnormal noises. Other running engine checks include hand throttle checks, choke and accelerator pedal functioning. Dashboard instruments and windshield wipers are also examined. Clutch conditions are examined, especially when engaged, for potential knocking sounds. While the engine is running, vehicles can also be examined for air brake pressures.

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