TIPS FOR REPLACING SEMI-TRAILER PARTS
TIPS FOR REPLACING SEMI-TRAILER PARTS
KDM Welding & Manufacturing LTD offers the best in trailer and commercial trailer repair in the Lower Mainland BC.
We all know that trailer malfunctions on the road can be a complete nightmare. They can happen without warning and always at the most inconvenient times. Even worse – now you have to look for new parts! Replacing parts on your semi-trailer can be difficult whether you know where to look or not. To give you a hand, we have some semi-trailer maintenance tips for keeping your semi-trailer in top condition when it comes to replacing parts.
Replace Worn Parts ASAP
The top semi-trailer maintenance tip is to never wait on a necessary replacement. For residential trailers, you often try to squeeze the last bit of life out of any part you can. But when it comes to a semi-trailer, the risk is more than just a lost workday. It’s lost wages, lost safety, and possibly ruined reputation.
You should know your trailer intimately. When something doesn’t seem right, have it looked at by a pro. If the shop is reputable and tells you one of your parts is close to its end, plan to have it replaced or fixed now instead of waiting until it breaks.
It’s not only about just avoiding a breakdown. No shop is going to have every part available to fix your semi-trailer. If you wait until it’s too late, it may be another week before they can get the part ordered in that you need. If you’re an owner-operator, that’s a long time to go without being able to be on the road.
Cheap Is Not Always The Best Way
When you buy the cheapest parts, expect to get cheap quality. When your semi-trailer is your livelihood, long term thinking and spending are always recommended. Going with quality parts will be of a much bigger benefit down the road. Not all parts need to be top of the line of course, but when a manufacturer offers a better warranty and will actually stand behind their products, it is worth the bigger investment.
Everything you put in your vehicle impacts its worth. For you, better parts equal better performance. Maybe it’s saving on fuel over the course of a trip, or it could be delaying your next major repair an additional year or two.
Also, consider the resale value of your semi-trailer. If it is well maintained and has quality parts, it’s worth rises and you can get more back from your investment.
Keep in mind that not every part needs to be the most expensive. But when it comes to parts that relate to the safety or longevity of your trailer, going too cheap can cost you more in the long run.
Find a Trustworthy Source
Always look for a reputable place for service. At KDM Welding & Manufacturing LTD we always provide the best service, parts, and quality of craftsmanship. You will find that we can become invaluable to your trucking business.
Sudden mechanical failures are stressful. But what’s worse is when you take it to a shop and they don’t even fix the problem! Reliable trailer service means two things for you. You need to know you can trust the repairs. Nobody wants to worry about driving an unsafe vehicle because of absent-minded or lazy service.
They Stand Behind Their Work
It’s frustrating to work with shops that may service your vehicle, but then ignore you when you have an issue. A reputable source for parts and labor will always stand behind their work. KDM Welding & Manufacturing not only stands behind our work, we're very proud of it.
See How the Manufacturer Supports Their Parts
Warranties are useful for mindful owner-operators. They can help cover costs as long as you keep up-to-date on your maintenance and pay attention when you have service done or replace parts.
But in addition to your warranty, different manufacturers often offer their own support for their products. In many cases, this can be individual warranties for new parts or special guarantees. While having a good supplier is often all it takes (because they’ll make sure to only work with reputable manufacturers) it’s a good idea to do your own research!
If a manufacturer makes parts that are compatible with your trailer and are backed with genuine care for their reputation, ask for their products. In most cases, your supplier will be able to help you out.
Contact KDM Welding & Manufacturing LTD Today
We service, repair, install and outfit all types of trailers and commercial trailers. Don’t know where to start? We can answer your questions and help you find what you need. Contact us online or give us a call at (801) 895-4419 to get started today!