Corrective maintenance is generally the most common in the vast majority of companies, which generally aim for the highest possible profit, postpone a series of controlled repairs to vehicle fleets. In such cases, a part of the vehicle (engine, tires, shocks, etc.) breaks or stops working normally and requires the intervention of a repair professional.
In addition, preventive maintenance consists of reducing the risk of breakdowns and preventing breakdowns or breakdowns. It is an intervention of your fleet that must take place before the probable date of failure of the elimination of defects, wear and tear and adjustments necessary to preserve the vehicle.
In very simplified terms, we could say that preventive maintenance is what you do to avoid problems before they occur, and corrective maintenance is what you do after a problem has occurred. In an ideal world, corrective maintenance would only be used very rarely, because it would only be necessary in the event of an accident.
Impact of Not Having Automotive Preventive Maintenance
When we talk about prevention and correction, the seriousness of maintaining a maintenance-free fleet may not be as clear. Simply put, many problems can occur due to a lack of follow-up of your vehicles, such as:
- Brake failure
- Battery Problems
- Balanced tires
- High temperature in engines
- Balancing failure
- Damaged shock absorbers and springs
- Excessive fuel consumption
- Scratch-resistant steps
The causes that generate these problems can be the most diverse and, in general, preventive maintenance is capable of identifying 90%:
- Excessive load
- Dirty or clogged nozzles
- Incorrect use of the clutch
- Dirty fuel tank
- Deregulated pedal
- Calibrated tires
- Dirty oil
- Past synchronization
- Among other things…
The point of these problems is that in many cases you will spend your life without having the bad luck to have an accident in your fleet. In other words, you do not always hear or see the real impact that a single problem can have, but it should be remembered that a simple defect can cause very serious accidents with fatal victims.
Now imagine that you have a legitimate, fully organized business, but for one reason or another, you neglect preventive maintenance. What can happen is the worst you have to live with an accident can take people’s lives, take your business from having to pay fines, lawsuits and respond still have an irrecoverable loss of brand.
Okay, I’m talking about a pretty drastic situation, but what if? Remember that all care is short when we’re talking about human lives and the well-being of your customers or employees. For this reason, I will show some very simple and objective practices that can help you in this process.
How to do Preventive Car Maintenance
For beginners, each vehicle type and part type usually has a defined revision period. Only this element can already be responsible for 90% of its result in relation to preventive maintenance. Just to give you a basic idea, let’s look at some examples of an ordinary car:
- every 5.000 km – alignment, balancing…
- every km 10.000 – wheels, brake fluid exchanger and oil filter change
- every 40,000 km – cleans the electronic nozzles and the suspension system
These are just examples, but if your company is on time with its vehicles, it is already doing much more than most companies that work with fleets. In general, this can be defined by term or, more commonly, by mileage.
With the defined preventive maintenance mileage, get your vehicles rolling. This process is very simple, just record the trips or exits of your fleet and note the mileage of departure and arrival.