Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Without Any Extra Cost to You!
Last Updated on May 28, 2022 by John Robinson
Engine maintenance is a crucial part of vehicle ownership, and diesel engines are no exception. The most pressing difficulty diesel truck owners face is keeping their engines lubricated. Diesel is more viscous than gasoline and factors such as composition and weather can impact how fuel moves through the engine.
Make Routine Checks
Like with any vehicle, you want to routinely check all systems to make sure they’re in working order. Pay attention to the various gauges and address any issues that arise immediately. Change the oil and oil filters regularly—about every 10,000 miles or 6-12 months. Even if the oil does not need to be changed, make sure to top up if gauges show your oil is low. When replacing oil, also make sure other fluids, such as coolant, transmission fluid, and brake fluid, get replaced/replenished as well.
You also want to check that engine components are in working order. Unmaintained plugs or wires can cause buildup and damage, which jams up the motor. You can use products like belt dressing to remove excess oil and glazing from belt components.
Monitor Components Outside the Engine
Diesel trucks are machines that require all parts to be functional to run efficiently. Even issues outside of the engine can have a negative effect. Make sure tire pressure is up to par to lessen excessive strain on the engine. If towing trailers, be sure to use the proper equipment and maintain a secure connection.
Choose Efficient Fuel
While it’s common knowledge that you cannot use gasoline in a diesel engine, truck owners may not fully understand the importance of effective fuel. The following are types of fuel that can be used in most diesel engines:
- Hydrogenated oils
- Petroleum diesel
- Synthetic Diesel
Petroleum is the most common diesel and comes in two grades: Diesel 1 and Diesel 2. Diesel one is often used during the winter because it is less likely to solidify while diesel 2 is used for typical conditions. It’s tempting to choose the least expensive option but putting Diesel 2 in your tank during extremely cold temperatures can cost you more down the line.
No matter what fuel you choose, there are always more ways to boost its performance. For instance, Hot Shot Secret is a fuel additive that can make diesel more effective in your engine.
Use Special Lubricated Products
Due to the viscosity of diesel fuel, the possibility of oils solidifying inside your truck’s engine is high. Because of this, extra lubrication is often needed to ensure your engine is clean and running smoothly. Products such as a valve grinding compound can help remove buildup.
Schedule Regular Diagnostic Tests
While a few diesel truck owners may be able to perform checks and maintenance independently, getting your engine routinely looked over by a professional is key to avoiding costly repairs. The best time to have a diagnostic test performed is during an oil change and fluid check. Professionals will examine all systems to ensure everything is functioning as it should.
Owning a diesel truck requires high-quality fuel, regular care, and professional examination. It may seem daunting at first, but by being a vigilant owner, you can keep your vehicle running efficiently for years to come.
Howdy! I’m John Robinson from Levittown, New York. I am a mechanical engineer for 15 years and already had an established car repair company. I developed a personal relationship with cars since I was a kid. I always love the sounds and smell emitted by a car or truck and even at construction machinery. Since then I have been married but my love for cars only grew.