Three Snow Plow Components That Are Most In Need Of Your Continued Attention

If you live in a cold climate, a snow plow is one of the most useful components you can put on your truck. What's more, they're relatively simple to install and use if you know how to use a screwdriver. But to minimize the chance that a sudden problem develops with your snow plow, it's necessary to periodically inspect and pay attention to these three components.

Lighting System

In order to properly clear off all the snow on a particular street, you'll need to know exactly what's happening in the space immediately in front of your truck. Even one of your snow plow's lights going out or dimming during the night will make your plowing job much harder.

Find the button on the snow plow itself that allows you to operate the lights without getting into your truck. Turn your lights on and off a few times; if any of them take more than an instant to respond, look into getting replacement lights.

Bottom Blade Edge

As long as your snow plow's suspension system is working properly, one bad bump from a heavy object shouldn't completely doom your blade. However, while the bottom blade edge on a snow plow is made to be very tough, the need for a relatively thin steel blade to connect with the street means that endurance isn't a priority.

A bottom blade edge that's even slightly bent won't be able to redirect all the snow in front of it without significantly slowing down your truck and making a big mess. To ensure that you always make neat piles of snow with your snow plow, be extra careful around unfamiliar streets that could harbor heavy debris.

Suspension System

Without your snow plow's suspension system, your truck wouldn't be able to carry so much weight without tilting. And if you drive your truck through a tall snow layer while the springs on the suspension system are rigid and rusty, your chassis will start rocking up and down violently.

So, before you get into your truck to clear a bunch of snow, always perform a thorough inspection of the bars and springs making up your snowplow suspension system. To ensure that the system can distribute force without trouble, push and pull it in all directions.

Even though snow plows can be a lot of work to maintain, they're usually a much better option than a snow shovel. So even if you don't want to spare the effort, never assume that a fragile component in your snow plow will work unless you've personally looked at it. To learn more, contact a company like Koenig Body & Equipment Inc.