When talking DIY motorcycles and cars present their own unique challenges but trucks really take the cake. While the classic pickups of the 50s and 60s had fairly straight forward engines which are easy to repair, the bigger and more modern the truck, the bigger the headache. Most modern trucks need several electrical systems in order to provide for maximum efficiency. Depending on the problem, it may be time to call for a tow.
CAN IT BE FIXED?
If you have one of those great old classics that you have been lovingly maintaining for the past 50 years, chances are you will know immediately if your breakdown is quickly fixable. With a more modern truck, it may not be so easy. Of course, fixing a flat tire is a fairly easy fix but beyond that, it may get difficult. A good idea is to carry a repair manual in your glove compartment. A quick read should let you know whether or not it can be fixed quickly and easily.
KNOW WHEN TO SAY WHEN
If you decide to make the repair yourself, determine beforehand how much time it should take. Once that limit has been reached, reevaluate the situation and determine if more time should be spent on it, or if you should just let it go.
Due to size alone, a broken down truck in the road is a bigger hazard than most other vehicles. Whether you decide to do it yourself or decide to take that tow, the quicker it is off the road and on the way, the better.Tags: car repairs, cars, truckers