Your diesel engine is the picture of efficiency, but it will not stay that way if you do not take care of it. Routine maintenance and diesel engine repair in Fredericktown, OH is essential if you want your truck or car serving you for the long term. Many maintenance needs for diesels are not much different than with gasoline engines, but there are other aspects where you need to pay close attention. Here are six maintenance items to remember before your truck works harder this summer:
- No idling: There are a few more months until summer and warmer temperatures, so sitting in your truck allowing it to idle for warmth as you wait remains tempting. You may also wish to warm it up before you leave and while many drivers engine a warm cab or tractor, this is not recommended. Idling is rougher on diesel engines and maintaining this habit can reduce their longevity. An occasional idle at subzero temperatures will not kill it, but those days are soon behind us.
- Consider fuel additives: Ask us about fuel additives that help your diesel engine run cleaner and more efficiently. We may have some recommendations after evaluating your vehicle, too. Additives help your fuel filters last longer and keep fuel lines clear. Debris is a frequent problem with diesel engines because the oily fuel tends to hold in more contaminants. A fuel additive helps delay major repairs and makes a positive difference in your mileage.
- Never skip an oil change: All cars and trucks need oil changes. Your gasoline commuter back home will not die with one skipped oil change, but your diesel work truck is another matter. Since the mechanical processes are more violent, the fresh oil provides needed viscosity. A diesel engine performs best when it receives an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you tow or haul heavy loads frequently, change the oil closer to that 3,000-mile schedule to give your engine extra help.
- Fuel filters are also important: Diesel engines use thicker fuel filters because of the sticky texture of the fuel. Without these tougher filters, the debris buildup would destroy your fuel injectors. Even with the fortification, you need to change your filters frequently. This maintenance task is essential and often performed at every oil change.
- Watch the gaskets: The gaskets in diesel engines are more likely to leak. This is due to the chaotic, extreme processes in a diesel engine. Gasket seals are the first to show wear and tear, and once one starts leaking, the rest soon follow. Replace seals in sets so you keep them on a schedule.
- Monitor your exhaust: Diesel engines are cleaner than ever, and that is due to current technology. The urea injection system adds a specialized fluid to the exhaust so fewer pollutants are released into the air. Unless you hire a diesel mechanic, this essential piece of equipment may get overlooked and you will not enjoy low emissions and improved engine efficiency. Anytime you notice more smoke than usual or see your gas mileage drop, see us immediately.
For assistance in staying current on maintenance and diesel engine repair in Fredericktown, OH, call Purrformance Diesel to schedule an appointment.