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Tunnels are a great investment for a carwash when they’re maintained properly. One way to ensure that your tunnel is being handled as well as it should be is to create a preventative maintenance program.
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Michel Lecourt, ENG at Motor City Wash Works, explained that a preventative maintenance program is a proactive way to keep up with upkeep, and is one of the most important factors in getting the most out of your tunnel.
According to Lecourt, a preventative maintenance program can include:
- “A simple wash test in the morning”
- “A periodic visual inspection of your washing equipment appearance and performance”
- “A complete, check by check mechanical inspection, including lubrications, mechanical conditions as well as overall performance of each critical piece of equipment.”
Ryan Essenburg, owner of Tommy Carwash Systems, said that an organized system of maintenance is very important. His recommendation is to build a “bulletproof system of routines” and to stick with it.
Another important tip, according to Lecourt, is getting acclimated with your maintenance manual that comes with your equipment. You can also rely on your local distributor to help with maintenance support.
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They both agree that when you take pride in your tunnel, it leads to your entire staff taking pride in it as well. Attitudes are contagious, and if you create an organized system to maintain your tunnel, and treat it like the special piece of equipment that it is, you’re going to get better use out of it.