We bet you love your diesel vehicle and you want it to serve you for a long time. If that wasn’t true, you won’t be reading this. For that to be possible, you need to maintain your diesel engine properly.
Now, for this, you may want to employ the services of a professional automotive technician or a mechanic. That is very good. But if you’re a hands-on person, there are tips you can use to maintain your diesel engine like a pro. These tips are quite easy and would save you some money. What is more, it helps increase the longevity of your vehicle.
Flush the Radiator
One very important aspect of every vehicle, especially a diesel engine, is the cooling system. Drain and replace the coolant regularly. Flushing the system is important to remove deposits that accumulate over a while. Antifreeze is important for the radiator to function properly, so be on the lookout for antifreeze leaks. To prevent overheating, keep a regular watch on the temperature gauge on your dashboard and pull over if you notice the temperature limit has been exceeded.
Use the Proper Oil Filter
This is very essential. Particles made of sulfur and carbon residue are created when diesel is not completely burned up during combustion. These particles can get into the engine oil. When this happens, the particles wear down engine parts due to abrasion and also damage bearings and precision parts of the engine.
Using a proper oil filter accomplishes the following for your car engine
- Ensures that the oil transferred through the engine is of good quality
- It prevents failing of engine parts
- It maintains the efficiency and health of the diesel engine.
Glow Plug Inspection
Glow plugs are the spark plugs of diesel engines. Glow plugs are very essential to diesel engines and they serve the following purposes:
- Providing heat that the engine compresses to ignite air/fuel mix
- Warms the engine to produce the necessary heat to get the car started
Glow plugs need to be maintained. You can monitor them for corrosion. They could also be cleaned by simply removing with and spraying thoroughly with brake parts cleaner than air drying. This removes loose carbon deposits from the plugs.
The gasket is a very essential part of a diesel engine. A lot of pressure is put on the gaskets because they work under harsh conditions. There are two ways you can maintain them.
- Check for gasket leaks
- Ensure that the mounting bolts are tight to avoid engine oil leaks
Other Tips for Maintaining Your Diesel Engine
- The mechanic that you use should be A.S.E certified. This certification lets you know that your mechanic has at least 2 years of experience and has passed a test. When a mechanic has this certification, you are ensured that a qualified individual is repairing your car.
- Ensure the mechanic you use has an ASE certification before allowing them to operate on your vehicle. This certification confirms the mechanic has a lot of experience working on cars. This tells you that the mechanic is qualified to work on your car.
- Get yourself a good battery charger, making sure to keep it inside the car. People commonly experience dead batteries, making battery chargers good for helping stranded drivers. Learn how to find connection points so that you can use the charger with ease.
- Buy a good battery charger to keep in the car. Dead batteries are common, and a good battery charger will come in handy more than once. Find out where to connect the charger to your car.
- Regularly check your radiator. Let the car idle for a short period first, but only long enough to let the fluid circulate. You should never open the radiator of a car that is running. Use a dipstick to check the fluid level in your radiator and mix some coolant with water if you need to add more fluid.
- When you arrive at a repair shop, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure to consider previous problems you’ve had, and ask how to prevent them. Learning how to prevent certain issues will help you save a lot of money.
- Ask the tech if they’ve done work on your model and make of car before. If they have done so, this should inform you that they know what your car needs to work properly.
- You need to see if the mechanic has ever done work on the exact same type of car before. If so, they will probably know what must be done to help your car work again.
- You don’t want rust to attack your car so take the time to wash it on a regular basis. All cars are going to rust, so make sure that you wash your vehicle at least once a month. A good wax is your best friend: a friend that will protect that shiny new paint job for a long time.
- Asking around for recommendations is a great opportunity to locate a mechanic you can trust. Get recommendations from family and friends. Ask about how much they paid, the quality of the repairs and the customer service. Their experiences can be a huge help.
- You need your records available at all times. It’s wise to keep them in your glove compartment in case you need to go to an auto repair shop on the fly. Auto repair professionals likely will want to see those records. Good documentation can help diagnose problems a lot faster.
- Keep your car records on hand. Keeping them in the glove compartment is smart. Auto repair professionals likely will want to see those records. The records can help them figure out the problem.
These are just some ways you could care for your diesel engines. Proper maintenance is also essential for the workability of your diesel engine. If you’re having a problem with your car and you would like for it to be repaired or serviced by a professional, give us a call at 602-888-2544. We would be happy to offer our services to you. Our aim is delvering excellent professional services to our customers