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Written by Jessica Golden

Implementing a Fleet Preventive Maintenance Program – Part 2

car repair services, Annapolis MDAs discussed in Part 1, a preventive maintenance program (PMP) should be implemented by every organization that has a fleet of vehicles. It is essential for the upkeep of every vehicle serving an organization. Part 2 will discuss Preventive Maintenance Methods and Implementing an Effective PMP.

Preventive Maintenance Methods

There are two methods for the performance of vehicle maintenance and repairs:

  1. Proactive
  2. Reactive

Made up of preventive maintenance tasks, repairs, and driver inspections, scheduled vehicle service is proactive. In contrast, unscheduled breakdown maintenance due to neglected preventive services is reactive. It is also much costlier, and the goal should be minimizing its occurrence.

Implementing an Effective Preventive Maintenance Program

To implement an effective PMP, the program should have the following features:

  • Preventive maintenance services and safety item checklists
  • Preventive maintenance interval of each required service
  • Driver documentation of inspections and vehicle issues
  • Automotive service facility staffed by in-house or outsourced professional automotive technicians
  • Computerized scheduling and recordkeeping of maintenance and repairs
  • Driver training regarding proper vehicle inspection and reporting

The items listed below should be included when routine preventive maintenance services are performed:

  • Engine oil change
  • Oil filter replacement
  • Transmission fluid
  • Fuel system
  • Cooling system
  • Engine and transmission mounts
  • Drive shafts and CV joints
  • Belts and hoses
  • Tune-ups
  • Electrical system
  • Braking system
  • Steering and suspension
  • Wheels, rims, and tires
  • Exhaust system
  • Body, frame and undercarriage
  • Exterior and interior lights
  • Windshields, windows, and mirrors
  • Windshield wipers
  • Seats and seatbelts
  • Fluid leaks
  • Auxiliary systems

Conclusion

In-house certified automotive technicians or a local certified automotive service center skilled in performing preventive maintenance for fleet vehicles can oversee the PMP of an organization. Outsourcing may be a good option for companies that may not have the space for their own service facility or prefer to have a smaller staff of employees.

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Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Stu Kushner

Implementing a Fleet Preventive Maintenance Program – Part 1

Car mechanic,Auto Repair,Annapolis MDA preventive maintenance program (PMP) should be implemented by every organization that has a fleet of vehicles. It is essential for the upkeep of every vehicle serving an organization. A PMP typically provides inspection, adjustment, cleaning, lubrication, repair, testing, repair, and parts replacement. The service program for a vehicle will be based on its model year, mileage, engine’s service hours, and fuel consumed.

Importance

The reduction of vehicle downtime results in maximum fleet vehicle availability, which is important for every business that depends on transport. In addition, regularly scheduled preventive maintenance is the key to extending the service lives of vehicles.

Due to how they are used, certain types of vehicles are more likely to break down frequently and also need costly repairs, and a PMP is the primary method for alleviating this problem.

Obviously, a vehicle that is out of service will affect the bottom line. The greater the number of fleet vehicles that are out of commission, the greater impact on customer service and profitability.

Neglecting preventive maintenance can also result in vehicles that are less safe. This may result in an increased number of accidents and injuries, which will take affected vehicles and drivers out of service and perhaps drive up insurance rates.

Legal Liability

A solid PMP will help decrease liability and discourage lawsuits for negligence regarding maintenance. In instances where fleet vehicles became unsafe due to neglected repair or maintenance, management may be held liable. This “negligent entrustment” occurs when an employee is provided a dangerous vehicle when there was knowledge that the vehicle was unsafe to operate and presented an unreasonable risk of harm to others.

For example, if it is determined that brakes failed due to poor maintenance which caused an accident resulting in injury or fatality, authorities can seek a subpoena to obtain vehicle maintenance records. If it is found the organization did not perform reasonable preventive maintenance, there could be prosecutions for criminal negligence.

Part 2 will discuss Preventive Maintenance Methods and Implementing an Effective PMP.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.