Remember the marketing campaign from FRAM oil filters where they coined the slogan, “Pay me now, or pay me later”? The message was, you can pay them to maintain your car now, or you can pay them a lot later to repair it. It was good advice then, and it’s still good advice today – especially when it comes to maintaining a bulk liquid tanker.
Bulk liquid tankers are built tough. In fact, when it comes to an engine that’s a real workhorse they’re about as tough as they come. They can run for hundreds of thousands of kilometres and with incredible reliability. But, for all their strength and brute power, bulk liquid tankers can be quite demanding. That is, they can be taken out of commission if they don’t get the attention & regular maintenance they need.
That attention comes in the form of preventive maintenance. To keep that tanker on the road, by taking it to a professional bulk liquid tanker repairer, someone who specialises in tanker repairs for preventive maintenance and a pre-trip checklist should become a ritual. So, before turning a wheel, be sure to:
Check your SLP Label
Check the SLP expiry date to ensure you are still eligible to enter a terminal facility to load fuel
Check your tank test dates
Ensure that your 5 Yearly hydrostatic test dates & 2.5 Yearly hatch and vents are in date & current.
Check your Hoses
Inspect all your hoses to ensure they have current & up to date test tags fitted, this includes all delivery and vapour recovery type hoses.
Check your tanker & dolly service label
A properly maintained bulk liquid tanker & dolly is crucial to ensure the wheels keep rolling in your operation and keep your customers supplied with the products they require. For all the tough working conditions we throw at equipment in WA’s harsh environment, it’s imperative we look after our investments. One thing equipment doesn’t like is a lack of preventative & regular maintenance.
Checking and maintaining the brakes
The brakes are probably the most important safety feature on the tanker. Brakes generate massive amounts of friction and heat every time the driver steps on the brake pedal to slow or stop the tanker. Eventually, that takes its toll and they need to be replaced before they fail. Brake failure at a critical time could be catastrophic. Being sure the brake linings, brake hoses, boosters and connections are in good shape is a top priority.
When it comes to tanker maintenance, it all comes down to the basics. Little details can make a big difference. A moment of carelessness or neglect could result in costly repairs or possibly a tragic accident. Avoid the unfortunate breakdown on the road and an expensive trip to the repair shop by choosing us. We, here at Road Tank Repairs and Services WA, will provide you with the best bulk liquid tanker repairs and maintenance services that will keep your bulk liquid tanker on the road where it belongs.
Do you have bulk liquid road tanker maintenance or repair needs? Get in touch with us today!