Winter is notoriously difficult on diesel engines, but summer is not a time to ignore maintenance tasks either. If you take these steps this summer, you will spend more time on the road or finishing your work and less time requesting diesel repair service in Fredericktown, OH. Here are six maintenance tasks to keep your truck or tractor running well during the hot temperatures.
Check the battery
You do not want to be stranded with a dead battery, and summer heat stresses out batteries as much as freezing temperatures. Tighten the connections and test the charge to ensure that your battery remains reliable for you this summer.
Order a fuel system flush and use an additive
Debris builds up in your fuel system during the winter and that will continue through summer dust. Give it a flush now with a fuel injection cleaner. Missing this step means blocked filters, which compromise fuel efficiency and acceleration. Put in an additive to maintain smooth functioning.
While the fuel system is being serviced, replacing fuel filters is also a prudent step to add while your mechanic is working on that system anyway. Starting out completely clean definitely helps your truck or farm equipment run better.
Service your air conditioner
If you are a long-haul trucker going through Arizona in the dead of August, a sudden air conditioner failure is a formula for misery. Before you take these long, hot trips, check the system for leaks and consider recharging it. A full service will also clean the condenser and check filters, as having those malfunction puts more stress on the engine and can slow traveling.
Check the cooling system
Diesel engines can easily overheat whether you are in 100-plus degree weather in the southwest or in cooler mountain temperatures in the north. The difference between an on-road breakdown and continuing a route on time can be the cooling system. Flushing the radiator and recharging it may be a good idea if you anticipate traveling to many warm places this summer. This is frequently performed alongside any work on the air conditioning system.
Inspect belts and hoses
Warm weather exposes hoses and belts to vibration, heat and contaminants. They can become loose or lose tension, problems that are easy to fix now before you end up panicked in the middle of a job. Coolant hoses may need to be replaced as they corrode from the inside unseen. If you are looking at heavy use for farm equipment or long trucking expeditions, checking belts and hoses is a good step in preventing delay.
Pay attention to your tires
Tires break down quicker in hot temperatures. Use a tread gauge to check tread depth for every trip, and watch your tire pressure. Be careful not to over- or under-inflate—that can lead to a catastrophic blow out. If you see any damage or cracks, seek attention for the tires immediately.
Purrformance Diesel repair service in Fredericktown, OH offers a drive-in service that can cover all your basic maintenance needs for summer driving and work. Stop in today to see how we can keep your truck or tractor running well no matter the temperature.