How to Keep Your Van in Good Working Order

Written by a Guest Blogger

For businesses across the country vans are the workhorses that they rely on to function successfully. Ensuring that they’re in good working order should be one of your top priorities, as should protecting any of your valuable assets. Being on the road so much, vans will often suffer from problems. Here’s how you can keep your van in good working order all year round.

Servicing and Maintenance

Vans are substantial purchases, especially for small business owners. Because of this, servicing and extra maintenance is often seen as yet another expense in the cost of ownership. In reality, though, servicing will end up saving you money in the long-run. If you’d rather not have to deal with this expense. Leasing providers, like those found here, can offer packages that include servicing and maintenance. Not only will this help make sure you catch any problems early on before they cause a serious breakdown, but it will also enable you to get a better deal when it comes to selling your vehicle. Any potential buyer will want to see a full service history, with notes of any repairs that have been made over the years.

Checking Your Tires

If you’re driving tens of thousands of miles a year, your tires are going to bear the brunt of that. Checking your tires for any issues is an essential part of not only maintaining fuel efficiency, but also keeping you and others safe on the road. According to The AA, flat or damaged tires are one of the leading causes of breakdowns. You should ensure your tires are the correct pressure for your vehicle while also checking that the tread depth hasn’t worn below 2mm (or 2/32nds of an inch). A tire’s lifespan will be greatly affected by where and when it was driven, but as a general rule you should budget to replace them every 40,000 to 60,000 miles.

Navigating Bad Weather

The harsh weather conditions we see in the winter months can have significant effects on your van’s overall health. When carrying heavy loads, vans are more likely to suffer from worn-down tires. You’ll want to keep tread levels higher than usual – at least 3mm (preferably even more) – to compensate. Some tires are designated as “snow tires”. A “snowflake on the mountain symbol” on the tire’s sidewall identifies a tire made specifically for severe snow use. You’ll also be using more energy to power your van’s lights, heaters, and wipers. Discharged batteries are among the most common reasons for vehicle breakdowns during this time of year. Batteries will lose power as the temperature drops so you might want to invest in a new one to get you through the winter. Have a service center perform a “load test” on the battery to evaluate its condition.

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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