A few days ago, we talked about keeping your vehicle’s engine running properly by performing regular maintenance tasks. We specifically focused on engine tune-ups, which is essentially helpful for gasoline-powered vehicles. But let’s face it: a large number of vehicles today, especially in our market, are diesel-fed. The sheer number of SUVs out there, for instance, are oil burners.
So here are a few tips to keep those rides running properly. With today’s diesels usually utilizing turbocharging and even common rail direct injection and variable geometry turbo technology, it is important that their engines are well maintained. One of the most basic things to check is the cooling system. While it may be a simple check, it will go a long way in ensuring your engine stays in top form.
With turbo diesel motors running at very high temperatures, an efficient cooling system is a must. Make sure that coolant levels are topped up. Also check that there are no leaks in the radiator, radiator hoses, and the like. Also check that things like fan belts aren’t damaged.
Apart from keeping things cool, a diesel engine must likewise be kept clean as much as possible. This means keeping things like the fuel filters free of dirt and deposits. Have these replaced on a regular basis. Never let carbon or sludge deposits accumulate as this will hamper performance.
With turbochargers requiring a lot of air, making sure that air filters are clean is also a must. Have these replaced regularly to avoid decreased performance. While you’re at it, make sure that the oil is changed at every service interval. This, along with the oil filter, will make sure that your motor is well-lubricated, especially for those precision parts like the turbo.
Besides these, simple things, other stuff to keep in mind are to make sure that you run your engine smoothly. This is especially true when you first start it up. Never race a cold engine. While this may sound routine, it is particularly true for turbodiesel mills as one should let oil properly lubricate the turbo before driving hard. Give the engine around 10 seconds for the oil to circulate freely.
Then there are the use of coolant and high-grade oil. The former, mixed with water, will help keep things cool. The latter, on the other hand, will give your motor that much-needed lubrication.
Keep these simple tips in mind and your diesel motor will definitely provide you with many years of worry-free service.