The life and performance of a diesel truck depend on the actions of the owner. Regular maintenance of a diesel vehicle is critical to the health of the truck and safety of the riders. Continually using a diesel vehicle without routine truck maintenance can be dangerous. Diesel truck maintenance may not be feasible for the owner to do themselves, especially if they own a fleet of diesel trucks for their business. A diesel mechanic can ensure that the vehicle continues to run at max performance and safety standards.
While regular truck maintenance can cost you a little bit of time and money, frontloading the cost of this is essential and will enable truck owners to make more money in the long run. Trucks regularly maintained will run more efficiently and won’t breakdown as much, preventing costly auto repair issues from interrupting your schedule. At Walkers Plant Maintenance, we offer data-driven and comprehensive diesel maintenance services. Keep these diesel maintenance tips in mind to extend the life and performance of your diesel truck.
- Keep the engine clean.
Diesel trucks that are driven a lot will gather up a lot of dirt and grime throughout the engine. Clean engines will run more efficiently and won’t experience as many breakdowns in the components. A diesel truck’s components will get damaged by dirt and grime buildup, so part of your scheduled diesel maintenance should include regularly cleaning the engine. Fuel also needs to be clean. A clean tank of diesel fuel will foster good fuel economy and higher performance, saving you money. Also, be sure to check and change the fuel filters for max performance. Our diesel mechanics will regularly clean your engine, change the engine oil and fuel filters, and check and maintain the fuel injectors and fuel injection systems, too.
- Remember to change the filters.
Filters are critical to diesel vehicle performance. As part of a maintenance schedule, the integrity, age, and cleanliness of the filters should be monitored regularly. A good rule of thumb to follow is to change them about every 20,000 kilometers. If you have a newer diesel engine, it might contain two fuel filters. Change both at the same time no matter what so your truck can run efficiently. The air filters will also need to be inspected during scheduled maintenance.
- Change the oil.
Changing the oil is crucial for the health and efficiency of both a diesel engine and gasoline engine. You’ll want to change the oil about every 8,000 kilometers. But it’s a good idea to base your decision to change the oil on the type of work you’re using your diesel truck for. Harder driving and towing will require more frequent oil changes. Also, change the filter every time you change the oil. And never use the wrong oil for your vehicle. Consult the owner’s manual if you’re unsure of what oil to use. Or have one of our diesel mechanics do it for you.
- Check and fix the exhaust system.
The exhaust system is not only crucial for the health of your diesel truck, but a clean and operational exhaust system is also critical for the health of the environment, too. To save time and money, don’t wait until the exhaust system is giving you problems before checking it. Monitor the exhaust system as part of your scheduled maintenance routine. Debris from the road can corrode crucial components of the exhaust system, so even regular running of a diesel truck can cause issues with the exhaust if you don’t monitor it regularly. Look for rust inside and around the exhaust pipe and check for leaks.
At Walkers Plant Maintenance, our mechanics are fully certified and insured. We can check and repair all parts of a diesel engine, from the cooling system to the water separator. Contact us today to schedule maintenance with our mobile truck mechanic. Give us a call on 08 9409 2577.