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Learn more about payload capacity and why you should stay under the weight limit!

What happens if you exceed payload capacity?

If you work in the trades or need a bigger vehicle for work, your best option will always be a truck. It has the ability to carry a lot of weight in the bed as well as tow more weight behind it. But, what happens if you exceed payload capacity on accident? You have come to the right place to find out!

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What is payload capacity?

Before we jump into what happens to your vehicle if you exceed payload capacity, we thought it might be a good idea to first define what it is. Payload capacity is the amount of weight the truck can carry in the bed as well as in the cabin. This number can be found inside of the driver’s side door. For example, if the payload capacity in your truck was 1,450 pounds, then the amount of weight that you can have in the cabin as well as in the bed of your truck would need to be under 1,450 pounds.

What is the difference between payload and towing capacity?

What happens if I overload my truck?

There are several indications that let you know your truck is carrying too much weight. The first thing you will notice is the steering. The additional pressure on the shocks and suspension system will make it harder for you to steer the truck. The second risk you run is blowing out a tire due to the added pressure. Other additional issues you can run into include transmission failure, bumps in the road will become enhanced, and other structural damage.

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Where can I learn more about not exceed payload capacity?

At Carizma Motors, we have a vast inventory of used trucks and a knowledgeable team who can answer all of your questions. Interested in learning more? Please contact us today! We are here to help you in any way that we can, and we look forward to helping you find the perfect used truck of your dreams.

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