Diesel engines are expensive and you should try to keep them alive as long as possible. The cost of replacing one diesel engine in your truck can be equivalent to buying a new car from the dealership. So here are a few things to keep in mind if you are a diesel engine owner to make it last as long as possible.
- You should change you fuel filter once in a while. If it gets clogged, it can damage expensive injectors and injection pumps. Diesel fuel injectors rely on unhindered fuel flow to maintain the coolness of the pump and injectors as they produce a lot of heat. A clogged filter can obstruct the flow of fuel and might result in filter failure.
- You should change your air filter every now and then. Fuel economy suffers due to a clogged air filter. When engine does not get enough air, the turbo spins faster to provide it with more air. Piston engine can get damaged if dirt passes through air filter. If you change your air filter on a regular basis, your fan motor will live longer and you will not have to strive hard to clean the hard-to-clean air ducts.
- You are destroying your diesel engine if you do not change engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and power steering fluid. If you take a look at the valvebody of an automatic transmission, you will figure out that it requires clean fluid to operate properly. A coolant filter might serve as a kidney or liver for your truck. A bad coolant would clog the passages and cause overheated parts.
- You should take good care of diesel heater. You should clean its filter bowl for at least every 100 hours. Do check the pump filter and keep it cleans too after every 200 hours. You should remove and clean the burner head or blast tube after every 1000 hours. The following steps are crucial for your diesel heater to work properly and efficiently.
A diesel engine is an iexpensive asset and it is better to take care of it to work and last longer than to replace it because it will cost a lot. Take good care of it.