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2 Surprising Ways You May Damage Your Pickup Truck

Flat Bed Of Pick Up Truck
The unique design of pickup trucks allows you to haul large or heavy objects in its bed but still enjoy a comfortable ride as a passenger. You take strides to keep the body in great shape, but there are special considerations unique to pickups that simply don't exist in regular passenger cars and SUVs. Take a look at these two surprising ways you might damage your pickup truck, and learn how to avoid these situations.
1. How You Protect Your Truck Bed
Many pickup truck owners are proactive and try to protect the bed of their truck. After all, the bed takes the brunt of damage from a particularly messy load. Concrete chunks, landscaping rocks, lumber, and your nephew's metal swing set can shift and bump around during transit and scratch your metal bed.
You can install a protective bed liner to prevent scratches and dents that lead to rust and other body problems. Most liners are made of vinyl, plastic, or other polymers. These liners can be custom fit to your bed or sprayed inside to form a significant barrier against objects and moisture.
The Problem
Bed liners are an ingenious concept, but they can also achieve the opposite result and damage the bed of your pickup instead. Not all bed liners are created equal, and an inexpensive plastic drop-in liner without attaching hardware or non-skid padding can damage your truck bed in a couple of ways:
  • The rigid plastic structure rubs and scrapes the interior of your bed when your truck is in motion. Without hardware to secure the liner in place, the constant motion eventually removes the paint entirely and creates deep scratches.
  • An ill-fitting inexpensive liner allows fragments to slip beneath and remain trapped. Over time, screws, pebbles, dirt, and other small bits of debris combine with rainwater to cause decay or rust or create friction against your metal bed.
Both of these scenarios can cause damage to a truck bed, and the truck bed must then be repaired or replaced.
What You Can Do
Take the time to research different kinds of protective bed liners first. Read reviews, and invest in a bed liner that does not rub, scrape, or fit too loosely in your truck bed.
2. How You Load Your Truck
You acquired your pickup truck to help you haul things around. Whether you help a friend move to a new apartment or make a big trip to the home improvement store, your truck bed can carry what you need.
The Problem
Most of the time your pickup truck is able to successfully handle the weight of a load. However, sometimes an unwary truck owner believes their truck can handle a large payload simply because the truck is a 4X4 or labeled heavy-duty.
The consequences of an over-loaded truck are real. You can recognize that your truck is overloaded when you attempt to steer. The wheel will be slow to respond or feel heavy. Unfortunately, taking on too much weight hurts your powertrain, running gear, transmission, and truck frame. Increased weight presses your truck closer to the ground, which scrapes your undercarriage and compromises its structural integrity.
What You Can Do
The best way to become aware of how much you can safely haul is to familiarize yourself with your truck’s GVWR, or gross vehicle weight rating. This number is located inside the driver's side door frame and is the maximum allowable weight your truck can carry — including passengers, cargo, and trailer tongue.
When you haul the appropriate weight and use a good quality bed liner, you can help prevent damage to your truck bed and body. If you do sustain damage to the truck bed and body, visit the experts at Automotive Super Sports as soon as possible. We can repair bent frames, scratches, dents, and other body damage before they lead to more serious problems.