You finally got that diesel truck you’ve been drooling over. It’s big. It’s bad. And it’ll last forever, right? Well…almost. Diesel engines are built to last, that is true, but like any engine it does require ongoing maintenance in order to reach its life potential. If you expect to be riding around in that beauty for a number of years after it’s paid for, you’ll want to treat her right.
Here are a few tips to make sure that truck has a long healthy life.
- Follow the manufacturers recommendations for routine maintenance. They built the engine; they know what it needs to keep it in good running condition. Change the oil and oil filters according to the schedule in the manual. Better quality approved lubricants can also be a very good option. Do a periodic oil analysis to test for contaminants. Don’t neglect that fuel filter either. She’s your baby, make sure she gets changed!
- Pay attention to those gauges, they aren’t there for decoration. Monitor your engine coolant levels and exhaust temps; keep an eye on your pressure gauges for oil and boost as well.
- Using a high quality, OE approved fuel conditioner, like Stanadyne Performance Formula or Lubricity Formula available at The Diesel Service Centre is a sure way to avoid expensive injector or fuel injection pump replacement.
- Quality parts make a quality engine. Don’t settle for a cheaper price, if it also means cheaper quality. Look for those lifetime warranty parts. If you’ve replaced it once, you don’t want to have to pay for another replacement down the line.
- Don’t let just any mechanic work on your truck. Talk with a few friends who’ve had their trucks for awhile, get their recommendations. The technicians at The Diesel Service Centre are trained to meet the specific needs of diesel engine care.
These are just the basics, but if you take care of the minors, you likely prevent some of those majors from happening. The Diesel Service Centre found at www.IamDiesel.com can direct you to solutions to keep your investment in top condition.