Although, diesel truck maintenance is relatively cheaper than gas filled trucks, they do need regular checkups. This is because the kind of abuse that a gas filled truck could take, would be the death of a diesel truck. The way diesel trucks work make them vulnerable to the elements.
In a diesel engine, fuel is sprayed through injector nozzles into the combustion chamber, where there is high air pressure. The air is just hot enough to ignite the fuel, simultaneously powering your truck. This ignition system is the reason why diesel trucks maintenance should be taken seriously. If you’re avoiding regular maintenance checkups then these are the ways you are destroying your diesel truck.
Missing out on your regular maintenance checkups? You probably haven’t replaced your air filters in some time. Dust and other particulate matter can accumulate in the tank if the air filters are not changed regularly. This doesn’t mean much for a gas engines but can be fatal for diesel engines.
The fuel injector nozzles can be clogged by this particulate matter, effectively blocking fuel supply to the engine. The engine will start making fuel starved noises and eventually just stop in the middle of the road. The fuel tank will need to be flushed completely of particulate matter. Think about what will happen to all that excess fuel?
The lack of regular checkups may just lead to an air leak in your diesel engine. This isn’t a big deal for gas engines. For diesel engines, the fuel injector nozzles now pump air into the combustion chamber. Air doesn’t burn and the nature of the injectors only leads to air pressure building in the combustion chamber. At best your fuel starved engine will halt, at worst your engines will suffer permanent damage due to high pressure.
A water leak in the fuel tank can be detrimental to a diesel engine. The injector nozzles spray the water contaminated fuel into the combustion chamber. The water rapidly expands into steam, thus increasing the pressure inside the chamber. If this happens be prepared to replace your busted diesel engine with a new one.
Deflated tires can reduce the mileage of a vehicle by 10%. With diesel costs being as high as they are, think about the additional money you’ll be spending on fuel?
Oil changes are basic maintenance for any heavy duty machine. Lubricating your diesel engine regularly, makes sure the friction between the moving parts stays to a minimum. The less worn out the engine is the longer your vehicle will last on the road.
So you see preventative maintenance of your diesel truck can actually save you big bucks in the future. If you aren’t paying attention to the needs of your diesel truck, you are effectively destroying it. Go over our blog page at Heavy Duty Direct to find more helpful tips on vehicle maintenance.