Three Necessary Repairs Owners Of Trucks Understand That Car Owners Don't

Posted on: 21 July 2018


Truck owners and car owners are often very different people. It is the same as cat people versus dog people, or winter enthusiasts versus summer worshipers. There are little personality quirks in these opposites. Likewise, there are typically three necessary repairs owners of trucks understand that car owners rarely have to deal with.

Truck Bed Rust and Damage

People who drive trucks typically drive them because trucks haul and move a lot of stuff. The truck bed is the most important feature of most trucks because truck owners are looking to haul and move as much stuff as they can all at once. The bigger the truck bed, the more stuff one can haul.

However, truck beds can become scratched, dented, and with time, even rust. This repair is non-negotiable, since an unusable truck bed renders the truck relatively unusable. Most truck owners will attempt to prevent these damages with truck bed liners, but if the bed is already damaged, repairs are needed. Additionally, the drop gate on a truck's back end can also be damaged and/or dysfunctional, requiring immediate repair if the truck owner is to continue using the truck for hauling stuff. Auto repair shops like Downtown Garage & Auto Body usually offer bed repair services.

Truck Exhaust Systems

Most heavy duty trucks contain a diesel engine. Some passenger cars also have a diesel engine. However, a passenger car is able to expel diesel exhaust in the same way most other standard gas cars do: out the tailpipe behind the vehicle. With trucks, that may or may not be the case.

If the truck expels the exhaust out of pipes that run up the side of the truck, then the exhaust requires a little extra scrubbing before it can be released into the air. There are special exhaust scrubbing components in the truck's engine that need to be repaired from time to time so that the truck is in compliance with emissions testing. It is up to the truck's owner to distinguish when this repair needs to be completed.

All-Wheel Drive Transmissions

Almost all cars on the road today have two-wheel drive transmissions. The transmissions in these vehicles send power to only two wheels — usually the front wheels. Sometimes two-wheel drive transmissions send power to the back wheels. Most trucks have all-wheel or four-wheel drive transmissions, which send equal power to all four wheels. When these all-wheel drive transmissions break down, they are much more expensive and time-consuming to fix than a two-wheel drive transmission.