Everybody knows that diesel engines are designed to last for a long time. The benefit of longevity, however, comes with responsibility. It is very important to stay on top of routine maintenance for your diesel. Here are 5 rules to follow so that you can get the most life out of your diesel engine.
KEEP IT CLEAN
The easiest way to do damage your diesel engine is to allow dirt and grime to exist freely. Overlooking the cleanliness of your engine will compromise performance. The three areas to remember for cleaning are clean fuel, clean air, and clean oil.
CHANGE YOUR FUEL FILTERS
Fuel filters should be replaced on a regular maintenance schedule. Typically every 10-15k miles (may vary depending on manufacturer). More modern diesel engines will have 2 fuel filters, a primary and a secondary. These should be replaced at the same time for optimal cleaning.
CHECK YOUR COOLANT
The cooling system is one of the most important maintenance needs for your truck. It needs to me monitored continuously because, over time, the coolant will become more acidic. If left acidic, the coolant can rot out other parts of the cooling system like the radiator. Follow the appropriate schedule to get your cooling system flushed and check the acidity levels.
MONITOR YOUR AIR FILTERS
Air filters must be checked and replaced when needed. The amount of time between changes can depend on the climate and environment that you’re driving in. In most cases, you can check your air filter without having to remove it, making air filter inspections quite easy.
CHANGE YOUR OIL REGULARLY
This should be a no-brainer, staying on top of oil changes is vital for the longevity of your engine. It’s recommended that you perform an oil change once every 5k miles, however, this may vary depending on how you use your truck.
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