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April 2013

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SHOPTALK By Steve Temple Spring maintenance ™ tips from Mobil Delvac As the summer months approach, don't overlook the impact winter has had on your vehicle. Consider the long term health of your truck by following these key maintenance tips: • Fluids: Freezing winter temperatures can diminish the effectiveness of vital engine fluids. Check your engine oil and other fluids. • Tires: If you're still on your winter tires, switch to all-season tires. Have the air pressure and tread levels checked and your tires rotated. • Brakes: Months of stop-and-go driving over icy roads can wear down brake pads. If you hear any squeaking or grinding noises, get your brakes checked immediately. • Wash: A winter's worth of road salt can damage your vehicle's exterior, so give it a thorough cleaning. • Wiper Blades: Check to see if your truck's wiper blades held up against the winter cold and road salt. If they seem dry or cracked, swap them out for a fresh set. Shorter service intervals for extreme applications Y ou've probably heard of how important the three "R"s (Readin', Writin' and 'Rithmetic) are in school, but how about the importance of the three "M"s in the construction world – Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance? Individual pickup owner or fleet manager of a thousand, preventive maintenance is what saves your company money in the long run. But what types of maintenance are key for pickups used in extreme applications? Most of them are common sense items such as more frequent air filter changes, frequent cleaning under the hood and under the truck, and paying special attention to removing mud no matter where it is. Caked-on crud retains moisture that causes corrosion. Also, getting rid of grime makes it much easier to spot any leaks, loose fittings and bolts, or other impending problems from the engine block to the rear axle. A mild soap such as Simple Green works great removing oil and grease, but be sure to cover up electrical components and connectors before hosing down the engine bay with a light spray rather than a pressure wash. The 2012 Pro Pickup Project Truck, a red GMC 3500 HD Dually, is protected by Mobil Delvac 1300 Super heavy duty diesel engine oil. In fact, Mobil Delvac is the only 15W-40 chosen by GM for their Dealer Oil Program. Remember to ask for Mobil Delvac wherever you get your oil changed or at any auto parts store. After all if you don't protect your engine . . . no one will. ©2013 Exxon Mobil Corporation. Mobil and Mobil Delvac are trademarks or registered trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation or one of its subsidiaies. Other trademarks and product names used herein are the property of their respective owners. Text INFO to 205-289-3781 or visit PROPICKUP 11 PP0413_Shop Talk.indd 11 3/12/13 8:51 AM

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