Maybe you are a little too short to climb up in your tall pickup truck without a little help, or perhaps you have mobility issues that make this climb a challenge. Either way, adding retractable running boards to your truck can be one of the wisest decisions you ever make. These attractive truck accessories attach to the lower side of the truck on either side and can be brought out or retracted with the touch of a button. However, adding this kind of accessory to your pickup truck will mean you also have something else that needs to be properly maintained. Here are a few important steps to proper retractable running board maintenance.
1. Retract the running boards when they are not in use or you are driving.
The retractable running boards are not terribly wide, but they are wide enough that they will slightly alter the width of your vehicle. Just like the bumper and rearview mirrors, running boards stick out when they are out, and, therefore, they are more prone to damage than other parts of the truck. Because the running boards would be easily struck and damaged by a stick in the roadway or something jutting out you don't see, it is important to pull them in when they are not in use.
2. Be mindful of the weight capacity of the running boards.
Most retractable running boards have a pretty sturdy build and can support a substantial amount of weight so pretty much anyone can climb on them safely without concerns of causing damage. However, these auto accessories do have a weight capacity that you should know and be mindful of. You need to be careful about more than one person climbing on the boards or propping anything too heavy on them for an extended period of time.
3. Clean your retractable running boards on a regular basis.
Because the running boards are position on the lower edge of the truck, they will come more in contact with road dirt, road salt, and other corrosive materials than a lot of other parts of your truck. Therefore, it will be incredibly important to clean your running boards on a regular basis. Material left to accumulate on the running boards and not washed off can lead to issues with rust and corrosion or damage to the moving parts of the units. Be especially mindful of cleaning the running boards during the winter if you live in an area where salt-based deicing is common.
For more information, contact your local truck running boards supplier.