Armored Vehicles are specially made vehicles designed to resist bullet or explosives damage. They provide security to the passengers sitting inside that are otherwise vulnerable to any form of assault from the outside world. They are civilian vehicles that are modified to withstand any form of lethal impact. And just like normal vehicles, regular servicing and maintenance of the armored vehicle are important.
Even though they have special structural changes like doors, panels, undercarriage or the roof, the other elements like fluids, oils, lubricants, filters or some common items, still need replacements or timely checks. Ensuring the maintenance of smaller parts will make sure your armored vehicle will not break down when the conditions get worse.
Here are tips for common servicing and maintenance of armored vehicle–
The Terrain of Use Matters
Armored vehicles are made with thick panels and components, making them heavier than their civilian counterparts. Even though most armored vehicle manufacturers provide beefed up suspension systems, you will still have to consider the terrain you’ll be driving on.
Regular high-speed use on rough terrains with will lead to faster wear and tear of the suspension components. You should perform periodic checks to keep everything in place. Your steering rack and axle components should also be under check. Also look for any cracks or punctures in the under-plates. Off-roading can cause a lot of damage to the belly of the vehicle.
Wheel Balance and Wear & Tear
The parts that require constant maintenance are the tires. Because of the heavier weight, the tread pattern wears out quickly. If not checked this can lead to uneven handling and grip. Always get the tires checked. Also, see if the air systems and run flat capabilities are intact or not.
To prevent uneven tire wear, the first thing you should do it to check the wheel balance. The stiffer tires and heavier bodies make wheel balance a problem. You will have to make regular trips to get them aligned. This is especially important for vehicles with independent suspension systems.
Just like any old regular car, you armored vehicles also need fluids to run properly. The coolants, antifreeze, engine oils, lubricants, the wiper fluid, everything but the blinker fluid should be checked.
Most cars now have automatic computer monitoring to make you aware of levels but your regular checks should include manual checks anyway. Also look out for any leaks. You don’t want your armored BMW to halt in the middle of an assassination attempt.
Brake Rotors and Pads
When a normal car is changed to an armored car, the first mechanical thing to go is the brakes. They are not rated to handle the extra weight of the armored panels and plates. Even though heavy-duty brake pads and rotors are installed, they can wear out with regular use.
You cannot and should not attempt to change the brake parts of any heavy armored vehicle. Any wrong turn and you are up for a serious damage. If you find any fading or looseness in the braking or hearing any noise under hard braking, it’s best to contact your supplier.