Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) this week celebrated a major milestone when the 30 000th Isuzu truck rolled off the production line at General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA) Kempston Road plant.
This milestone was achieved during an eight year period of production under ITSA, after a joint venture for truck manufacturing was formed between Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan and GMSA. The consolidated company was then named Isuzu Trucks South Africa (Pty) Limited.
According to Marchand McDonald, Isuzu Truck Plant Manager, this facility builds 47 different model derivatives, varying from 1.5 to 40 ton carrying capacity. “On the drivetrain side we use four engine types and three different transmission types – manual transmission, Auto-Manual-Transmission (AMT) as well as fully automatic transmission.
“The other interesting fact is that we build rear wheel drive trucks and all-wheel drive trucks, like a 4×4. In addition, we build the traditional single cab configuration, as well as crew cabs” said McDonald.”
A tyre’s wear tendencies are determined, in part, by its position on the vehicle. Front or steer tyres have a tendency to wear on the shoulders, for example, while drive tyres are more prone to wear in the centre.
Typically, rear tyres will wear more quickly than the fronts because of their tendency to get scrubbed.
While the benefits of proper rotation are obvious, a fleet must consider how to rotate its tyres and determine the optimum rotation times required to keep the tire healthy without adding unnecessary cost.
So, make your routine maintenance an opportunity to prevent future breakdowns, double check if you have any leaks, rotate and balance tyres and have peace of mind that your truck is ready to set off to its next destination.
For more information, please make sure to contact us. Why not take this opportunity to book your truck into our workshop for a service?