Preparing Snow Removal Vehicles for the Next Season

Chicago winters can take a toll on snow & ice equipment. Materials like salt and brine are extremely corrosive. There’s also the major wear and tear of snow, sleet, hail, and the plows constantly rubbing against the concrete. Once the snow season is over, the process of cleaning and preserving the equipment is essential for ensuring it remains ready for the next winter. Below is an overview of how we keep our snow removal equipment in pristine condition.

Pre-Trip Inspection

We begin by conducting an external check for any tire issues, leaks on the truck, plow, or spreader, and fluid levels. We inspect the vehicle for surface rust, oxidation, and impurities like tar, oil, and grease. Inside, look for salt accumulation under door jams and seats, and assess the overall condition of the interior.

Clean the Interior

After an exterior check, we vacuum the interior thoroughly, then scrub with soap. Afterward, we vacuum out the soap and rinse. Then we treat plastic components with a cleaner and clean all of the windows.

Wash the Exterior

Next we clean the undercarriage, inside the hopper, and under the hood. Depending on the material we will use specific cleaning agents like a clay bar, vinegar, or Dawn degreaser. Multiple washes are often necessary to remove salt that resurfaces from small crevices.

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Dry the Vehicle Thoroughly

A thorough hand drying is necessary to ensure the vehicle is completely dry to prevent any water spots or further corrosion.

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Apply and Remove Wax

Once dry, we apply a layer of wax to the exterior surfaces and then remove it to protect the paint and finish.

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Treat Exterior Plastics and Tires

Then we use appropriate treatments to restore and protect exterior plastic components and tires.

Assess Salt Spreader and Plow

The next step is to inspect hydraulic connections, lines, motors, augers, conveyors, and grease zerks to ensure everything is functioning correctly.

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Apply Dielectric Grease to Connections

Next we apply dielectric grease to electrical connections and clean them if necessary to prevent corrosion and ensure good conductivity.

Apply Fluid Film to Motors and Connections

Using fluid film on motors and connections helps to provide a protective barrier against moisture and corrosion.

Apply Lubra Seal to Augers and Conveyors

Applying Lubra seal to augers, conveyors, and any necessary parts of the frame helps to slow down rust formation.

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Touch Up Paint

In the end we do any remaining tasks like adding touch up paint where the paint has been damaged or chipped to protect against rust and maintain the vehicle’s appearance.

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