Diesel trucks, due to their engine designs, often require repairs. Maintenance is crucial to owning a diesel truck. If you don’t take good care of your truck, you will find that it will end up needing repairs.
Here are a few maintenance tips:
Keep It Cool
If you do not monitor your coolant, it can become acidic over time. If this happens, the now acidic coolant can damage parts of the engine’s cooling system, like the radiator.
Check Your Fuel
Diesel is a more viscous fluid than gasoline. Because it’s a thicker liquid, diesel fuel is more prone to contamination and getting dirty than regular gasoline. Contaminated fuel causes poor combustion in the engine, thereby leading to decreased engine power.
Regularly Start Your Engine
If you go for a long time without starting your engine and driving your vehicle, it can lead to oil oxidation. What this means is that air gets into the oil of your truck, forming bubbles in it. Those bubbles can lead to a thickening of the oil, damaging its ability to lubricate the engine.
Replace fuel filter
Replace the fuel filter on a regular maintenance schedule. As a standard, it is best to change it every 10,000 - 15,000 miles. Many new manufacturers of diesel engines have two filters.
Install an effective air filter
The air filter is between the harmful airborne particles and the engine. For this reason, it is an important factor in maintaining the health of your engine. If these particles are not filtered, it can cause abrasion, damaging the engine.