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Even if you have a relatively powerful truck, towing heavy loads can push a vehicle to its limits. Luckily, with a few simple upgrades and some preventative maintenance, you can make sure that your truck continues to haul load after load in the coming years.
As a general rule, most old trucks need a tune-up every 30,000 to 45,000 miles. If you regularly haul heavy loads, then you might need to schedule a tune-up as often as once every 20,000 miles. It is also important to have your vehicle tuned whenever replace, repair, or upgrade any parts. A quick tune-up should improve your gas mileage and boost the overall power of the truck.
Many drivers don’t realize that stock trucks rarely come with heavy-duty brakes. Before you haul any serious loads, you should speak with a mechanic about upgrading the brakes. Stock brakes are designed for very specific operating conditions, and they aren’t going to work properly if you have thousands of pounds in a trailer or the bed of your truck. Upgraded to carbon fiber or ceramic brakes is going to improve the handling of your truck and make it much safer to drive.
Getting the right kind of trailer for your load is extremely important. You don’t want to haul a huge load of building materials in a motorcycle trailer or strap down furniture to car trailers. If you are going to be hauling many different types of loads, then you might want to invest in a basic flatbed trailer with high walls. Once you have chosen a trailer, you will need to make sure that you have the proper hitch and correct wiring.
One of the best ways to increase your truck’s power is to improve the airflow. That is going to start with an upgraded air intake system that forces cool air into the engine. You can also install an aftermarket exhaust system if you want to add a little bit of horsepower to your truck. Those two upgrades are relatively inexpensive, and you might be able to install them on your own with nothing more than a handful of tools.
In addition to these few tips, you also need to make sure that your truck is regularly serviced. A reputable mechanical will be able to carry out preventative maintenance and help you catch minor mechanical problems before they become expensive issues.