Keeping your diesel engine up and running is not that hard. Diesel engines are more durable than gasoline-powered engines, and they typically get better gas mileage. In the construction and trucking industries, diesel engines are the preferred choice because they offer maximum power and reliability.
Even though diesel engines seem to take care of themselves, you should still look for some tell-tale signs that your engine needs to be looked at. This article will provide a few tips on diesel engine maintenance. See below to learn more.
Never Let Your Tank Run Empty
Letting your diesel engine run out of fuel is a bad idea. However, you may need to bleed out any excess air from the injection system if it does happen. It is strongly advised that you consult a professional before attempting any maintenance on your diesel engine. Make sure your machine is thoroughly cooled, then fill the tank past the fuel filter level. Unscrew the bolt on top of the filter enough for air to squeeze out. Tighten the bolt and crank the engine. Open the injector nut on your pump and allow the pressure to release. Close the injector and repeat the process until finished with every injector device. If you experience consistent problems with air entering your injection system, consider replacing your FASS fuel air separation system.
With all heavy machinery, it is vital to keep up with maintenance and safety procedures. Consult your manufacturer’s manual to know when to change the oil and filters. Keep the engine bay clean with a wet sponge. Scrub the injector systems to get out the gunk accumulated in its crevices. Finally, use an approved additive in your fuel to dissolve the debris that can build up in diesel injection systems. Keep up with your diesel engine maintenance, and your vehicle will live a long, healthy life.