5 Easy Ways To Maintain Diesel Engines

5 Easy Ways To Maintain Diesel Engines
September 20 04:27 2019 Print This Article

Your diesel vehicle is built to pull, push or carry heavy loads. Keeping this workhorse in tiptop shape requires a little TLC, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are five easy ways you can maintain your diesel engine.

1. Change the Oil

Change your diesel engine’s oil every 5,000 miles. If you are using your vehicle for towing or hard driving, then you’ll need to change the oil more frequently. Check your vehicle’s manual for specific guidelines – following them will enhance the life of your engine.

2. Pay Attention

In computerized diesel engines, the fuel pump control module is the most common part to fail. Pay attention to how your engine starts and runs. While the symptoms of a failing fuel pump are numerous, some include a difficult startup, power surging when driving in reverse, and uneven running while the engine idles. If you notice any of these issues, don’t wait to take your vehicle to be diagnosed. A mechanic should be able to quickly identify the problem with an electronic handheld scanner.

3. Replace the Air Filters

Replace engine air filters every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. Where you drive your vehicle can impact how often you should change the filter, though. For example, driving on unpaved roads is going to make the filter dirtier faster. If you don’t drive your vehicle very often, you should still change the filter at least every three years because the filter will start deteriorating with time.

4. Replace the Fuel Filter

When you’re checking the health of your air filter, look to see how the fuel filter is doing. Fuel filters should be changed every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. Keep in mind that most of the new diesel engines come with two fuel filters. Change them both at the same time. 

5. Monitor the Coolant

Over time, the coolant can turn acidic, which can rot the radiator and other parts of the cooling system. Flush the coolant every 30,000 miles. If you don’t drive your vehicle much, you can flush the coolant every five years.

Maintaining your diesel engine is easy. Set a schedule to perform these five tasks, thus better ensuring that your vehicle remains on the road for as long as possible.

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