As with any other truck or car, diesel vehicles need routine maintenance to keep them working at their optimal level. Fortunately for you, diesel engines require far less upkeep than gasoline engines, as they don't have spark plugs and other replaceable parts that gas engines do. Of course, there are still things that you'll need to do to keep your engine in top shape. Read on to find out how to keep your diesel engine purring along for many years to come.
Keep Up with Oil Changes
Like any other engine, diesel engines require engine oil to keep everything running smoothly. Follow your manufacturer's guidelines for the specific details of how often to change your oil. In most cases, it will be every 3,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on the size of your oil tank and the type of oil you use, either natural or synthetic. Failing to change your oil as often as needed can wear down your engine's components and cause it to feel more sluggish when driving.
Care for Your Coolant System
You'll need to replace your coolant and coolant filter periodically. This is what prevents your engine from overheating, and you want to ensure that the fluid is free from corrosive particles and other debris. Unlike gasoline engines, diesel engines cannot recover from overheating. With a gas engine, you can simply let the engine cool down, then restart it again, but this is not the case with diesel. If your diesel engine overheats, there is no repairing it, so your coolant system should be one of your top priorities.
Change Your Air Filters
Diesel engines take in much more air than gas engines do, putting additional strain on the air filters to remove dust and debris from the air before it enters the engine. If you don't want to have to keep checking your air filter, you can install an indicator that will let you know when the filter becomes dirty and needs to be replaced. If you have a turbocharged engine, you may also need to add a cooling system for your air filter to prevent overheating.
Fill Up Your Tank
Rather than waiting until your tank is getting close to empty to head to the pump, aim to keep as much fuel in your tank as possible at all times. This will prevent condensation from building up inside your engine, potentially causing damage to the fuel injection system. You don't need to top off after every short drive but aim to fill up whenever your fuel level starts to drop after longer drives. Try to keep the tank half-full or more.
Find Your Next Diesel Truck
Here at Chillicothe Truck and Accessories, we have a vast selection of new and used diesel trucks for you to choose from. Our selection changes almost daily, so be sure to check back often. Stop by today to see what we have in stock.