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Top tips to get your LGV Transporter or Trailer in perfect condition. The   first   few   weeks   of   a   new   racing   season   are   always   the   worst.   There   are   just   so   many   things   to   check   over.   We   thought   we might give you a hand with the transport side to avoid that dreaded early season breakdown. Here   is   a      for   a   checklist   to   ensure   your   LGV   Transporter   –   or   your   car   and   trailer   -   is   totally   road-worthy   to   start   the   new season. Transporter Engine Check oil levels Check power steering level Never use start gas as a starting aid e.g. Easy Start Never race a cold engine Avoid labouring and high engine speeds on cold engine Fuel Filter - Drained of water Drive belts check tension and condition Cooling System With a cold engine the coolant level should be between minimum and maximum Check for leaks on hoses and engine Brakes Check fluid levels Check brake lines for corrosion Drain condensation water from air tanks Take unloaded transporter for a test run to make sure brakes are working correctly Lighting And Electrics Check battery and connections Check lights Check reflectors, indicators, wipers and washers Check warning lamps are working correctly Wheels and Tyres Check tyre pressure Check tyres for side wall damage Check wheel nuts Check spare wheel Check there are no stones jammed between rear twin wheels Cargo Area   Check Floor Check door hinges and locks Check ramp for security Check ramp hinges Check vent windows Check fresh water system ( lines, tanks and pumps) Check chassis and body lubrication Living Area Check for gas leaks Check for bolts on living doors Ensure there are adequate seat belts for children when traveling Trailer The   average   trailer   may   stand   unused   for   months   on   end,   winter   is   the   usual   drop-out   time.   We   often   get   asked   for   advice   on trailer maintenance and storage, so we thought a checklist on that would be a good place to start. If it has not been used for any length of time a closed trailer should have been left clean and dry inside. The   trailer   should   have   been   supported   on   axle   stands   never   bricks   or   jacks   which   can   split   easily   and   without   warning..   The wheels   should   not   have   touched   the   ground.   Tyres   remaining   on   damp   ground   for   long   periods   of   time   are   likely   to   perish   and the   bearings   can   seize   up.   The   jockey   wheel   should   have   been   dropped   to   provide   extra   stability.   Hinges   and   wiring   should have been greased and sprayed with WD40. Now to get us back on the road: Wheel   bearings   need   regreasing   about   every   two   years   otherwise   they   wear   out   and   may   overheat   or   seize.   While   the   trailer   is still on stands, now is a good time to get the bearings and brakes checked and freed off. Enclosed   trailers,   test   the   whole   floor   area   for   rotting   using   a   screwdriver.   Do   not   forget   the   ramp. These   areas   are   perhaps   the most important part of all! The   socket   connecting   your   car   and   trailer's   lights   are   prone   to   corrosion   due   to   muck   sprayed   up   from   the   road   and   it   is   also   a hiding   place   for   insects.   Clean   out   the   dirt   and   spray   the   sockets   and   plugs   with   WD40   which   helps   to   prevent   corrosion   and give a better contact Grease all hinges and moving parts like the balance springs and tow hitch.