Motorhome Repair And Maintenance
While we don’t repair many of the systems that make up a motorhome (interior, water system, waste systems, refrigerator, interior heating and cooling, etc.) we can make sure the engine, drivetrain and chassis are in tip-top shape for maximum over-the-road enjoyment and safety.
Regular maintenance and quality repairs will positively affect the performance, longevity, and safety of your motorhome. We have a team of experienced and skilled technicians who will keep your motorhome is running efficiently and reliably for years to come, saving you money over the long haul and keeping downtime to a minimum.
All motorhomes will either use gasoline or a diesel engine. Ledom’s will repair and maintain any diesel or gasoline engine in your motorhome.
We can perform just about any type of engine repair ranging from oil changes and tune-ups to a rebuild of the entire engine.
Changing the Engine Oil
There is a schedule that you should always follow when it comes to changing filter and engine oil. There are some people who prefer to do this after every 5000 miles while there are those who do it after 300 driving hours.
We recommend a full synthetic motor oil because it is less prone to breakdown and provides better engine protection during the extreme conditions some of these engines are subject to.
One of the most important things you need to keep in mind is that sticking to the oil change schedule is one of the cheapest ways of extending the life of your engine.
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Changing the air filter
A diesel or gasoline engine will always need a lot of air to run at full power and efficiency, just like athletes need it when doing strenuous workouts. Your air filter is important when it comes to preventing contaminants from getting into the engine. If the air filter is clogged, it is like choking the life from your engine
If you want to ensure a huge flow of air, the air filter needs to be checked every 5000 miles or sooner, especially when driving in dusty conditions.
Clean Fuel Filters
There needs to be a steady supply of clean fuel to an engine so it can perform at its best. Clean fuel liters are needed to ensure a smooth flow of fuel. You should always ensure that the primary and secondary fuel filters have been replaced or cleaned, based on the recommendations by the manufacturer.
Water and wax can contaminate diesel fuel, and these impurities can cause a lot of damage on fuel filters, which will have an impact on the performance and reliability of your engine.
Cooling System and Temperature Warning Systems (if equipped)
Keeping an engine in a good condition will mean having the cooling system properly maintained. Your hard working engine was made to handle tough conditions, but one thing that it won’t handle too well is overheating.
When an engine overheats – diesel or gasoline – it becomes a big problem and you may have to spend a lot on repairs to fix the damage. Some of the problems you can expect to deal with when your engine overheats include head and engine block warping and head gasket failures. These problems are very expensive to deal with.
There are some motorhomes that come with warning lights on the dashboard or audible alarm that will let you know when your engine has started exceeding the operating temperature. Most, if not all will have a temperature gauge that will foretell engine damage from overheating – if you pay attention.
Hoses and water pumps can fail and leak, contributing to an overheated condition. Sometimes these failures occur when you’re on the road and can’t see a low coolant condition. Watching the temperature gauge and stoipping the engine immediately if it overheats can prevent expensive damage.
Old Coolant Can Damage Engines
Check your coolant to ensure it is the proper level and clean at regular intervals. Engine coolant has a definite lifespan, and having old coolant can result in damage of engine components due to chemical breakdown and will provide less protection from freezing and less efficient heat transfer.
Checking and Maintaining the Brakes
Modern motorhomes come with a great braking system, and they are very safe when properly maintained.
Brakes are one of the most important safety features on a truck. When you step on your brake pedal, a lot of heat is generated because of the friction in the components trying to slow down or stop the truck. Over time, wear and heat will take a toll on the brakes and you need to have your brakes replaced before they fail.
It can be catastrophic when your brakes fail. You should always ensure that your brakes, shoes, pads, hoses, connection, and brake fluid are in the best possible condition.
You also need to ensure that your rotors and drums are not ruined by the metal-to-metal as a result of wearing out of brake pads and shoes. You should have your brake checked after every 5,000 miles to makes sure you don’t spend a lot of money on replacing rotors and drums.
Steering and Suspension
The steering and suspension systems of a motorhome are very important and you should ensure they are inspected regularly and lubricated when needed.
There are some motorhomes that will need regular greasing for all chassis, steering components, and suspension after every 5,000-10,000 miles and should be inspected on a regular basis. You should make sure that the bolts have not loosened and check to confirm whether they have the right torque.
Your motorhome vibrates constantly when driving, and this is what causes wear and loosening of the fasteners, and it can end in a catastrophe despite the fact that this is something that can be easily avoided with regular inspection.
Sometimes you pull a heavy load – like towing pull a trailer or heavy load, also known as “dinghy towing”. This extra weight puts a strain on all motorhome components, adding even more reason for regular steering and suspension component inspection
Fuel Systems, Injectors, and Injection Pumps
There is often an accumulation of a buildup of varnish and other residue over time on the fuel injector nozzles, pistons, and pumps for those engines that have them. This will happen when you have been traveling for many miles, in city or on the highway.
If you drive around with a lot of stop-and-go driving in your city, then the deposits are going to be created faster than highway driving, where they can be more easily burned off.
This build-up can happen on any type of internal combustion engine, whether gasoline or diesel. If yours is a diesel engine, then you have to make sure that injector servicing is done.
Transmission and Transfer Cases (4WD Only)
The transmission and transfer case (for those with four-wheeled-drive trucks) are tough and they have been designed in such a way that they can easily cover thousands of miles without any problem. But you will still need to do simple maintenance like changing the fluid and regular inspection for leaks, etc.
It is all to easy to forget about these hard-working components because they are so quiet and reliable. But, over time, gaskets can harden and leaks may appear, depleting the life-giving lubricants and causing a very expensive failure.
Make sure you get the fluid levels in your transmission and transfer case inspected the next time your oil is changed.
A turbocharger forced additional air into the combustion chamber and this leads to an increase in power and efficiency of an engine. If your vehicle has turbo, it has the ability to squeeze more power out of a small engine that is fuel-efficient.
If there is a power loss, excess smoke, grinding noise, loud whirring, or check engine light, then it could be a sign that the turbo needs to be serviced. At Ledom’s, we’re turbo experts and can diagnose and repair turbo charger problems.
The exhaust system of a truck has been designed to take a beating. They are usually well built in a factory and they have a long lifespan. But it can rust and deteriorate as a result of use, debris and road conditions.
Newer trucks usually have emission control systems in the exhaust system that may need to be serviced or repaired.A diesel engine may have a particulate trap that required a DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) replacement to run cleanly. At Ledom’s, we can service all types of exhaust emission systems.
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