Most of the heavy duty trucks and engine coolant systems fail due to improper maintenance. The damage that is being done to the coolant is difficult to see until it’s too late. Premature failure of the water pump, head gasket, radiator and other components occur within the confines of the cooling system.
The maintenance of engine coolant systems is often neglected and most of the failures that are related to the coolant can be prevented. In order to effectively maintain the engine temperature and protect the engine coolant systems from rust and corrosion, you can follow these simple maintenance tips:
- Keep it clean at all times – You need to make sure that the entire engine coolant system is clean, both from inside and outside.
- Replace all the damaged and corroded components and use proper flush. A balanced coolant will prevent problems but will not be able to fix them.
- Do not use sodium “softened” water. Instead, you can make use of deionized or distilled water.
- Make sure you know the chemistry of your engine coolant systems. You need to know if you are using a traditional IAT engine coolant system or organic acid technology.
- You have to choose the proper supplemental coolant additive. If you are having an IAT engine coolant system, you can protect it with supplemental coolant additives in these many ways – standard service intervals, slow release and extended service interval.
- In order to maintain your engine temperature effectively, you need to ensure proper balance. The coolant has to dilute correctly – usually in a 50/50 mixture with water.
- Diagnose the engine coolant systems after use. The filter of the coolant might catch dirt, debris, and other contaminations. You should review the filter closely after removing, in order to check if the dirt and debris are penetrating the filter and entering the engine coolant system.
- The coolant should be tested regularly to check its freeze protection capabilities. To determine the concentration ratio of coolant to water, you can make use of coolant test strips or refractometers.
- You need to practice proper handling and storage of your engine coolant systems. You should store your coolant in a clean, temperature controlled environment.
- You should consider replacing your engine coolant systems when it’s time. You can refer to your heavy duty truck’s manufacturer and the coolant manufacturer’s recommendations, to know the ideal time to change your coolant.
If you follow the above-mentioned maintenance tips, you will be able to ensure reliable engine coolant performance. Also, you can be sure that your heavy duty trucks and engine coolant systems are best protected from problems that could have cost you too much in the long run.
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