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A GUIDE TO YOUR ANNUAL DIESEL ENGINE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM



Did you know diesel engines must meet health and safety measures?

Diesel engines are synonymous with strength and durability. However, it's still necessary to maintain it properly to ensure optimal performance.

An annual maintenance routine can help keep your diesel engine in excellent shape. Are you wondering what steps you should include? Read on to learn the major aspects of diesel engine maintenance.


Inspection Followed by Fuel and Filter Changes

Start by thoroughly inspecting your engine. Look for any signs of leaks, loose connections, or worn-out components.

Check the fuel, oil, and coolant levels, ensuring they are at the proper levels. Examine the belts, hoses, and filters for any signs of damage or degradation.

Don't forget to change the engine oil, fuel filters, and coolant. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines. Clean or replace the air filter because a clogged filter can impact engine performance.


Fuel and Cooling System Maintenance

Diesel engines rely on a precise fuel delivery system. Clean and replace the injectors as needed.

Make sure the fuel lines and tanks are contaminant-free. Use a fuel additive regularly to keep the fuel system clean and prevent injector clogging.

You can then check your cooling system for any leaks or corrosion. Focal points include the radiator, hoses, and water pump.

Another essential step involves flushing the cooling system. Afterward, refill it with the recommended coolant mixture to prevent overheating.


Battery and Electrical System

For starters, you can maintain your battery terminals by inspecting them for signs of corrosion. If you notice anything, clean the terminals right away.

Test the battery's charge to ensure it's robust enough. Inspect electrical connections and wiring for any damage.

Address any issues promptly to avoid starting problems or electrical failures. A well-functioning battery and electrical system are crucial for starting the engine and powering various components.


Belt and Pulley Inspection

Check the belts for signs of wear, such as cracks or fraying. Ensure proper tension and alignment of the belts. Examine the pulleys for any damage or misalignment.

Faulty belts and pulleys can cause belt slippage and premature wear, leading to engine performance issues. Address any problems by replacing worn belts or realigning misaligned pulleys. 

You can avoid bank-breaking repairs by keeping the belts and pulleys in prime condition.


Lubrication Is a Huge Part of Diesel Engine Care

Automotive lubrication involves greasing the engine's moving parts. This includes bearings and linkages.

Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the type of lubricant to use. The instructions will also tell you about the proper intervals for greasing.

Lubrication helps reduce friction between the engine components, preventing excessive wear and tear. It also aids in dissipating heat generated during engine operation. This is true of many types of engines.


Now You Can Follow Proper Diesel Engine Maintenance

With this checklist, you'll never miss a fundamental step of diesel engine maintenance.

For the most thorough maintenance, you should seek out professional assistance. That's where Change Auto & Diesel comes in. Our expert team is proud to serve Calgary and the surrounding areas.

Schedule a maintenance appointment with a Change Auto & Diesel team member today.

 

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