A checklist for your truck as seasons change & temperatures warm

Updated Mar 28, 2023

By: Rich Guida, Howes

Winter can wreak havoc on your vehicle, but the unpredictability of spring is no picnic either.

Snow and ice-covered roads can really take a toll on your truck and rapid temperature changes can mess with your fuel.

Because you’re on the road much more than the average driver, it’s especially critical that your vehicle is in good shape. Make sure you are getting your spring truck maintenance done with this quick checklist our friends at Howes Products put together.

Tire Pressure

Temperature changes can cause a fluctuation in the air pressure of your tires and result in your tire pressure light going on and off. Just to be safe, checking your tire pressure manually is a good idea while those temperature swings are happening. With improperly inflated tires, you could cause long-term damage to the rubber and even the wheels of your truck. In addition, they can also cause your fuel economy to decrease which is never good!


When warmer weather arrives, it’s time to check all parts of your brakes including the brake lines, hoses, and fluid levels. Though we may be past the snowy weather, you put those brakes to use a lot more in the wintertime. So, as the saying goes, “Better safe than sorry.”

Keep Your Fuel Treatment Regimen Going

Bottle of Howes Diesel DefenderIt’s likely that you’ve properly maintained your fuel system during the winter to prevent gelling or otherwise. Don’t stop the practice just because warmer weather is on the horizon. With Howes Diesel Defender, you will be protected from seasonal changes like water in your tank, which can happen due to cold nights and warmer days. You’ll also be adding vital lubricity back into your fuel system. With the strongest detergent available, IDX4, you’ll be fighting against dirt, pollen, and other particle deposits all while improving your fuel economy.

Batteries & Electrical Wires

A good place to start is by testing the strength of your battery to make sure it’s in good shape. If it’s not up to par, a replacement is probably best. Frigid temps can take a real toll on your truck batteries and electrical wires, so make sure you check your truck’s wiring, plugs, and battery terminals for signs of possible damage.

Be Prepared for a Freak Cold Blast

Rare, but known to occur, winter can pop back in unexpectedly and uninvited! If there is a freak storm that packs frigid temperatures, there’s a chance youcould gel up if you already made a switch to your fuel treatment regimen. With Howes Diesel Lifeline, you can rest assured knowing you have an alcohol-free safety net to get you rolling again fast – and without fuel filter replacement or blending additional fuel.

Hoses & Belts

Cold weather can cause your hose and belts to degrade more quickly than they normally would. In general, you should consider how old your hose and belts are, and if it's more than 4 years, you should probably replace them.

Shocks & Struts

Frost heaves, potholes, and salty, gritty road spray can damage your truck’s shocks and struts. Maintaining them is key to ensuring that the cargo you are carrying will always be safe and secure.

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