You’re sure to feel the pinch of rising fuel costs, whether you own one or a hundred trucks. The price of diesel has a huge impact on your bottom line, as it’s the biggest variable in the trucking industry.
Truck owners are persistently looking for as many ways as possible to get better fuel mileage. You must’ve probably tried the simple things you can do to suck more miles out of a full tank, like avoiding unnecessary idling, eliminating quick accelerations and ensuring the tire pressure is appropriate. Here are a few more tried and tested tips that help improving fuel mileage, and as a result increase productivity:
If you notice excessive fuel consumption, difficulty starting, stalling, and hesitance, get your truck’s fuel injectors examined. Fuel injected diesel engines don’t generally require a high degree of maintenance. However, fuel deposits on injector tips can change the spray pattern in which fuel is delivered to the cylinders, causing combustion problems.
In order to obtain better fuel economy, lubricating your truck using synthetic oils is crucial. Synthetic oils offer better, more consistent lubrication than conventional oil, and last considerably longer. Regularly checking and maintaining oil levels in your truck can drastically increase the efficiency and economy factors. Effectively lubricating the engine with synthetic oils helps start your truck easily during the winters. Improved cold weather starting and decreased friction between pistons cylinder walls definitely leads to better fuel economy.
Even if the air pressure in any one of your tires is low, the mileage of your truck will be impacted. For every 1 kg that your tires are low, your truck will suffer a 1% decrease in fuel economy, and wear your tires out more quickly. Tire pressure should always be checked when the tires are cold (before driving), and inflation should be carried out according to the specifications of the vehicle manufacturer.
A clogged air filtration system will negatively impact your truck’s fuel economy. If your truck has been or is operating in dusty conditions like construction sites, then regularly cleaning and inspection of the air filter is a must. Also, don’t forget to clean your Mass Airflow Sensor at the same time.
With regular maintenance and service checks, your truck’s performance and fuel economy will remain up to the mark. But at the same time, if you don’t follow these essential tips, your truck may gradually consume more fuel than ever before. In case you’re wanting to sell your old truck, van, or trailer; or you want to buy a new truck, trailer or van, get in touch with Heavy Duty Direct. We will guide you all the way so that you get the best deal for the best vehicles!