Diesel engines operate in a way that gives them advantages over conventional gas engines in regard the amount of power they can create while still maintaining excellent MPGs. However, like gasoline engines they do need regular maintenance to ensure the engine continues to operate correctly. Many maintenance services require the skills of a professional diesel mechanic to ensure they are completed correctly, but there are some diesel maintenance tips you can take advantage of if you’re a do-it-yourselfer. These tips will help ensure a long life for your vehicle.
1. Use the Proper Oil Filter
When changing the oil make sure the proper oil filter is used. Sulfur and carbon residue are created when diesel fuel is not completely burned up during combustion and these particles can make their way into the engine oil. This debris is very fine and using an improper filter won’t catch these contaminants, which can lead to additional engine trouble.
2. Gasket Inspections
Diesel engine gaskets work under harsh conditions that put a lot of pressure on engine gaskets. It is important to regularly check for gasket leaks and to check that mounting bolts are all tight and secure to avoid leaks of engine oil and other fluids.
3. Radiator Flush
The cooling system is a very critical aspect for all cars and trucks, but this is especially true for diesel engines. Be sure that you keep up to date with regular cooling system flushes and be on the lookout for any antifreeze leaks. One of the best methods to prevent overheating is to pull over before the engine gets too hot, so be sure to keep a regular watch on the dashboard temperature gauge.
4. Glow Plug Inspection
Instead of spark plugs diesel engines use glow plugs. Glow plugs warm the air and the engine compresses the heat in order to ignite the air/fuel mix. However, a cold engine likely won’t be able to create air hot enough for the engine to fire up. Glow plugs warm the engine to produce the necessary heat to get the car started as well. It is important to monitor glow plugs for corrosion and other problems to ensure your diesel vehicle will start every time.
5. Use a Diesel Additive
A Diesel Additive such as Stanadyne Performance Formula® protects your diesel engine and restores engine performance. The detergency and cetane improver in Performance Formula will help restore fuel economy, increase horsepower and torque.
The diesel service centre at Western Turbo can help with all the parts and advice that you need to keep your diesel engine running great. If you want the best service experts to look after the regular maintenance of your diesel truck or vehicle, we have 9 service bays to get you in and out quickly. Give us a call today at 1 800 665 7556 or send us an email to discuss your unique needs for your diesel service.