Suspension maintenance – access options improve efficiency
A simple job like changing over suspension bushes on a prime mover with trailers can equate to 1 or 2 days’ work. Just by improving the ease of access to the bushes, a WA hauling company, Bullbuck Transport, reduced the job of replacing bushes on a quad road train from 2 days down to 1 day.
The following points may seem pretty minor on their own but just by implementing a few will add up to a significant time saving especially when replacing 240 bushes on a quad road train! Multiply that saving across your fleet, and then over a year.
Can you avoid unhitching the trailer(s)?
How quickly and easily can you reach the undercarriage of the vehicle?
Can you easily access the suspension without straining?
Can you adjust your working height to comfortably reach bushes at different levels?
Do you have all tools and equipment within reach?
Are all the spare parts, consumables and lubricants within reach?
Once fitted, can you visually confirm the bush is positioned correctly without straining?
Can you avoid continual repositioning of the truck and trailers to gain access to the whole length of the undercarriage?
If you need to support a suspension component with a jack or stand are there safe and easily available options?
If working from a pit can you easily exit if the vehicle extends beyond the full length of the pit?