Truck and road are the perfect match. Unfortunately, road and dust, too. When managing fleets traveling on different highways, the conditions of each route need to be considered. Good scripting is essential in the logistics process, but it is not always possible to avoid places that could harm the vehicle’s health or that could bring unexpected costs.
So it is with the dirt accumulated in truck systems, the air filter is a great accumulator of this dirt. Filters are one of the most important parts of truck mechanics. The correct maintenance of the components ensures, in addition to longer service life for the engine, to avoid some problems, such as:
– Filter clogging
– Entry of dust, earth, and other particles into the engine’s combustion chamber
– Engine overheating
The last item is linked to fuel consumption, as the hotter the engine, the more performance can be harmed, thus stimulating a greater expenditure on fuel. Cleaning the air filters well brings safety and economy. However, as a fleet manager you must be aware of the conditions of all vehicles, and to take care of the filter, only specialized professionals must do the maintenance. As the filter is what helps to regulate the air intake for the fuel, cleaning and periodically changing it will also make a final difference in your fuel costs.
For each gallon of fuel burned, the engine uses up to 10,000 gallons of air; thus it is easy to understand how vital a clean air filter is to the proper operation of a car. So here we listed some benefits of changing your air filter regularly:
Increased fuel efficiency
One of the biggest reasons to change your air filter regularly. Some studies indicate that replacing a dirty air filter increases fuel mileage on older, carbureted cars by as much as 14 percent if the filter is so dirty it affects driveability. In addition, changing a clogged air filter can potentially increase acceleration by 6 to 11 percent on modern fuel-injected cars. Other studies claim a 10 percent increase in gas mileage and up to 15¢ per gallon fuel savings.
Prolongs engine life
Changing the air filter regularly helps prolong engine life because the air filter is designed to trap damaging dirt and debris that can damage internal engine parts such as the cylinders and pistons. Engine damage can occur from particles as small as a grain of salt and result in costly repairs.
Inexpensive and quick fix
An air filter is one of the least expensive maintenance components to replace and can be done by doing it yourself. It is important to make certain the replacement air filter is designed for your exact make and model of car.
In addition to taking care of filter cleaning, there are other ways to regulate and reduce fuel consumption in your fleet. One of them is with Link2Pump. We made fuel tracking and reporting simple. In the era of data and connectivity, Link2Pump empowers businesses to take control of their fuel usage. Our solution combines a web portal and a device connected to your fuel dispenser.
Link2Pump also offers an open API for seamless and free integration with 3rd party softwaresYour fuel transactions and tank inventory data in the L2P system can interface via web service with basically any software platform, such as fleet fuel cards, billing programs, fleet maintenance, telematics, and much more. You can also export to text and spreadsheet files.
Our company has solutions for several industries, such as agriculture, aviation, construction, government, marinas, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and utilities. If you want to learn more about our solution and are looking for alternatives to improve the bottom line and productivity, please get in touch.