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If you’ve ever owned a heavy hauler, then you know that breakdowns happen more often than not. This is especially true when your heavy hauler gets older; as they age, they’re less and less likely to work as well as they used to and need more frequent maintenance than they did at first.

Heavy Hauler Repair: Common Breakdown Problems That Drivers Experience

Here are the top five common problems that require heavy hauler repair, along with tips on how to deal with each of them so that you can get back up and running again without having to call in the experts all the time.

Dead Batteries

The most common breakdown problem that heavy haulers experience is a dead battery. The first step in the heavy hauler repair process would be to call for help.

When it comes to dead batteries, a heavy hauler needs a commercial truck repair service that provides off-site and roadside assistance. In some cases, a roadside repair service like Red Rover Service may be able to jump your heavy hauler’s battery. Although, a dead heavy hauler battery often requires the battery to be replaced.

Broken down engines

A heavy hauler’s engine is the most important mechanical part of the truck. With a broken engine, it would be difficult to continue operating a heavy hauler. Engines require regular maintenance and may require repair due to wear and tear or because of an accident.

The cost of repairing a heavy hauler engine could be expensive, depending on what repairs are required. The first step in determining the expense would be figuring out how bad the damage is. If the damage was serious enough, then rebuilding might be necessary. Rebuilding can get quite costly and time-consuming. In some cases, it may make more sense to replace your Heavy Hauler with one that has a more reliable engine than spend a large amount of money on restoring your current one.

Luckily, in most cases, an ASE Certified mechanic can assess the engine problem and repair any parts that may be needed to get your heavy hauler back on the road. If you’re in North or South Carolina when you experience an issue with your heavy hauler, call Red Rover Service at 704-317-6161. We provide emergency roadside service and have live dispatch ready to take your call.

Flat tires

A flat tire is one of the most common heavy hauler breakdown problems. A heavy hauler that has a flat tire would require roadside service. Usually, tow trucks will not be able to tow a heavy hauler with a flat tire due to the truck’s design and weight.


A common heavy hauler breakdown problem is overheating. Depending on the type of overheating, it can be a major or minor issue. When a heavy hauler has a major overheating problem, typically it’s because the radiator is clogged with leaves or dirt and needs to be cleaned out. Minor overheating problems are typically caused by something as simple as a loose hose clamp that needs to be tightened or a dirty air filter that needs to be replaced.

In addition to maintaining a commercial truck before it breaks down, Red Rover Service also provides roadside assistance for overheating heavy haulers. If you’re in need of roadside assistance for an overheating heavy hauler, give us a call at 704-317-6161.

We can get one of our ASE-certified techs out to assess the cause of your hauler overheating and make the needed repairs to get you back on the road.

Brake failure

When commercial truck brakes fail, they can cause a number of issues. Brake failure is more than just the brake pedal going to the floor with no resistance. There are many reasons why brakes can fail and in some cases, it is not a simple repair. Brake rotors, brake cylinders, and drums can all wear out quickly if you do not maintain them properly.

Brakes are an integral part of a commercial truck and they are necessary to maintain control while driving. Heavy loads can quickly cause brakes to wear out and need repair or replacement. When your brakes aren’t working properly, you need to have them repaired as soon as possible because it is dangerous to drive without proper braking systems. If you experience brake failure on a heavy hauler, please contact us for assistance at 704-317-6161 for roadside service in North or South Carolina.