Use This Prestart Checklist to Keep Your Articulated Hauler Truck in Good Shape

A thorough equipment walkaround before starting a shift can make a big difference, and it doesn’t need to take a lot of time. Every good articulated truck operator should establish a daily routine of prestart checks. Regular machine upkeep can ensure safety, while improving productivity and uptime.

Here is a basic checklist I recommend your crews review each time before they operate an articulated truck.

External Checks

- No external damage or defective/loose parts, especially tires, hoses and pipes.
- Wheels are not blocked.
- No visible leaks.
- Back-up camera and mirrors are clean and intact.
- Steering joint lock is disconnected.
- Engine hood, underbody skid plates and protective plates are closed.
- On-board weighing (only applies to machines without Full Suspension (FS): Cables/hoses are routed correctly, so that there is no risk of chafing.

Internal Checks

- All control lights turn on and gauges indicate readings.
- Work lights and headlights function properly.
- Fuel and (if applicable) AdBlue®/DEF is sufficient.
- Items that keep you safe like mirrors, cameras, seatbelts and the safety lever.
- Retarder is working
- Steering system is free from clearance and noise.
- Fire suppression system is working.
- Service brake: Accumulated brake pressure in both circuits is normal.
- Parking brake can hold the machine at a standstill with throttle application up to 1,000 rpm (16.7 r/s).
- Dump function: run up the load body, check the stroke-end damping works, check the function MAX. dump height works if activated.