Keeping your diesel engine running at peak performance has been made a lot easier, thank to diesel technology. Over the years, filter modifications have helped to cut down on emissions and improve diesel fuel injection systems to maximize an engine’s miles per gallon. To keep your engine running at peak performance, you can follow these tips.
You don’t want the turbochargers to fail prematurely, as these provide the power to an efficiently running engine. When you first start up your vehicle, let it stand and idle for several minutes. If you try to press the gas as soon as you crank the engine, you attempt to force cold oil into all the different parts of the engine. If the engine turns for a few minutes and heats the oil, it will flow more efficiently into all the nooks and crannies. Using an oil additive substantiates peak levels of lubrication in spite of the heat that a diesel engine puts off.
When you pull into a truck stop or a gas station, you will see choices of biodiesel and ULSD. No matter what type of fuel you choose, you need to use a diesel fuel additive. Your fuel injector works best when an even spray pattern is achieved, and additives can increase the capacity of the engine’s fuel injectors. Use an additive that demulsifies water rather than try to burn the water out of the injection system. Using an additive the removes the water helps to increase the operating efficiency of the fuel water separator. Fuel additives can work to prevent fuel gelling, especially during the cold months.
On a diesel engine, keeping the oil and filters changed are important areas of maintenance. Diesel engines are high heat running mores, and your engine oil will wear out a lot sooner. The life of engine oil always depends on the conditions of how the vehicle is operated, and you should always follow the OEM recommendation for the oil change intervals with the vehicle. The engine oil isn’t the only filter you need to worry about in your vehicle. The fuel filter also needs to be changed regularly. It’s just as important as changing the air and oil filters.
By keeping your eyes on these different areas of engine maintenance, you can help strengthen the performance of your engine. Preventative care is always the best way to approach the longevity of your engine.