Maintaining a diesel truck’s engine is not similar to maintaining a gasoline-powered engine because they have several differences. One notable difference is that a diesel engine employs compression in the combustion unit to ignite the fuel, unlike a gasoline engine which uses a spark-like ignition. Therefore a diesel truck needs more maintenance because of its complexity.
Moreover, today’s diesel engines need more maintenance to function optimally because of the emission standards, torque, increased horsepower, and the technology used to keep them running. But the best thing is that keeping up with the diesel truck’s regular maintenance saves you more resources in the long run.
That said, here are some practices to follow to maintain your diesel truck in good condition.
Regular oil changes
It is best to change the oil of your diesel truck engine after every 200hours of operation or 3500 miles. It is an industry-standard because most diesel engines, especially in work trucks, often sit idle as someone is working. Some people quickly assume that they can go longer between oil changes because the big rigs hold more oil. That is not the case. Note that dirty and old oil can clog the engine, leading to harmful friction and heat, leading to damage. So regular oil changes are necessary for a diesel truck.
Keep an eye on the gaskets.
The gaskets on a diesel engine run under extreme conditions, which is why you should closely monitor them. You need to inspect all the mounting bolts regularly to avoid any leaks or complications. When you realize that you have a leaking gasket, you should repair all of them because that means the others are not too far behind from suffering the same problem.
Regularly change the air filter.
The work of air filters is to prevent any dirt particles from getting to the engine. But damaged air filters can allow dirt and other debris to enter the engine parts that are supposed to be dirt-free, leading to damage. So, depending on where you drive your truck, you need to change the air filters regularly. Also, avoid cleaning and putting back the filter as it is way less effective that way. It is best to use a new one.
Monitor the coolant
The coolant on a diesel engine becomes acidic over time which is why you should closely monitor it. When ignored, the acid erodes some parts of the cooling unit, such as the radiator, and the repairs can be costly. Depending on your truck’s manual, you should always have the coolant checked and flushed per the recommended intervals. You can also ask the mechanical engineer to check the acidity levels of the coolant, so you know where you are at.
Normalize using diesel treatment
It’s best to get a bottle of diesel tank to use when you fill your diesel tank. Diesel treatment keeps the contaminants found in the fuel from reaching the engine and probably causing damage.
The final words
Keeping up with the maintenance of your diesel truck makes it more reliable, safe and saves you from costly repairs in the future.