Dealing with repairs and problems with commercial trucks can be frustrating. These heavy-duty vehicles have larger engines that may experience failures more often. Plus, they can really rack up the mileage when making deliveries from Philadelphia to other parts of the state or even the country. There are some problems that are all too common for heavy-duty commercial trucks. Knowing what to watch out for can give you a heads-up before the damage gets any worse. The team at Essington Avenue Used Auto Parts recommends watching for these signs that your commercial truck may be malfunctioning.

6 Common Heavy-Duty Truck Problems & Repairs (Part 2)

4. Electrical Problems

Whether your truck has one or multiple batteries, these components are necessary to keep your truck going. If there is an issue with the batteries or electrical equipment, you may notice the lights flickering or clicking noises when starting the ignition. If the truck won’t start at all, then you’ll definitely know there’s a problem. In addition to the battery, possible electrical problem culprits could be the alternator or cables. 

5. Overheated Engine

Unfortunately, an overheating engine is a common issue with commercial trucks, especially older models. The best course of action when this occurs is to make an appointment with your mechanic as soon as possible. This will help in avoiding serious damage or complete engine failure. An overheated engine can be caused by a blown gasket, damage to the fuel tank, or corroded engine parts. It can also be due to skipping essential oil changes and running your truck on long journeys with minimal breaks.

6. Malfunctioning Refrigeration System

If you drive a truck with a refrigeration system, any type of malfunction can mean a huge loss for your business. Be sure to monitor the system often by checking that gauges are reading at the proper temperatures. Scheduling appointments for regular refrigeration system maintenance will also ensure that your truck and all refrigeration components are working and in optimal condition. 

Call Essington for Affordable Commercial Truck Parts

Contact us at (215) 492-5700 when you need a new part for your commercial or heavy-duty truck. At Essington Avenue, we stock quality used truck parts for Grumman bread trucks, Mack trucks, Class 6 trucks, and many more makes and models. We also sell used car parts and used cars in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. 

Source: “9 Common Big Rig Problems & Repairs.” Blog article. The Driving Life. Commercial Truck Trader, 14 Mar. 2022. Web. 19 Jan. 2023.