What fleet maintenance can I do myself?

Fleet maintenance is no small matter. It is important for a fleet manager to have a system in place so they can repair and service company vehicles efficiently and on a budget.

However, there are some fixes that you are able to do yourself, further lessening the everyday cost of running your vehicles.

Here are three things that you can repair on your own:

Replacing the battery

It's not uncommon for a car battery to go flat. From the moment you first start using a new one, it will begin to lose charge over time. Changing a battery is relatively easy, but it's best to check the manufacturer's guide thoroughly to learn more about the type that is needed in each particular vehicle.

Remember, if your battery is constantly running flat, there could be other underlying problems - such as a faulty alternator - so seeking professional help should not be something to shy away from.

Changing car headlights

In many modern cars, the engine and boot compartments are designed to make changing a headlight as simple as possible. All you need is a Phillips-head screwdriver and a plan:

  • Reach into the compartment and unscrew the headlight's housing, uncoupling any power wires if needs be;
  • Remove the offending bulb and take it to your auto-shop to ensure you buy the right one (if you don't already have this information);
  • Replace the bulb with the new one and reconnect any wires, screwing the housing back into place once you've finished.

Replace an air filter

Many fleet managers may run to a mechanic to change their air filters, but it's not a difficult task. Simply start by locating the air filter box, which is usually on the side of the engine, and remove any screws, clips or clamps holding the cover in place.

Once the cover is off, pull out the old air filter - remembering which way it was originally facing. Clean the filter box if there is any dirt or dust residue left behind. Then retrace your steps, putting the new filter in (the right way round) and replacing any screws or clamps along the way.

Remember, if in doubt, a mechanic should always be your go-to person, instead of tackling any jobs that you're unsure about.