It’s not a secret that diesel engines can last for a long time. However, to ensure that they run properly, there is some routine maintenance that needs to be done. If you’re looking for some ways to ensure that your diesel engine lasts, follow the tips below.
Change the Fuel Filters
Your fuel filters have an important job, and that is keeping dirt and debris out of the engine. They do great at their job, but over time, the filters will become clogged with gunk. When this happens, they may not be as effective and some problems might occur.
Changing your fuel filters every so often will ensure that your engine continues to run the way it should and stays clean. Depending on what type of truck you drive and how you drive it, when these need to be changed will vary. On average, your filters should be changed every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. However, checking your owners manual or talking to a professional will let you know if it can go longer or needs to be sooner than this average.
Keep an Eye on Coolant
Your cooling system is responsible for keeping your truck cool under pressure. Over time, the coolant can become acidic . If this happens, and you don’t get it changed, it can destroy other parts of the cooling system, including the radiator.
If this happens, you have serious problems on your hands. Not only do you have an increased risk of overheating, but you’ll also need to replace vital components, and that can get expensive. Maintaining a schedule to flush your cooling system and keep an eye on the acidic level will reduce the chance of this happening.
Change the Oil
Most people should already be aware of this maintenance item, but it’s easy to let it slip through the cracks. People get busy, so it’s incredibly easy to push the service off for a day which then becomes weeks, maybe months. Then you have a major problem on your hands.
When it comes to changing the oil, this is something that may need to happen every 5,000 miles. Of course, it depends on how you use your truck and how old it is. It might need to happen more frequently or can be put off for longer. Again, consulting your owner’s manual or a professional to set a schedule can be beneficial.
Check the Air Filters
Like the fuel filters, your air filters will become clogged over time. This can reduce their effectiveness and cause other issues with your engine. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you’ll need to check the air filters and replace as needed.
Knowing when to replace this component will depend on how you drive your truck. If you are in an environment that has a lot of dust and debris, this process will probably need to take place sooner rather than later.
At All in the Wrist , we have the time and professionals to maintain your truck. We will get it on a regular maintenance schedule to keep it running right for a long time to come. Give us a call today!