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4 Simple Ways To Take Good Care Of Your Diesel Engine

When you have a vehicle that has a diesel engine, you want to make sure that you take good care of your engine, especially if you use your diesel vehicle to pull large loads.

1. Keep Your Coolant Full

First, you want to make sure that you keep your coolant full. Your coolant is crucial to keeping your engine cool. In order to keep your engine cool, it needs to have enough coolant inside of your engine. Make sure that your coolant level is always above the minimum fill level for your engine.

2. Test the Acidity Level of Your Coolant

It is not enough just to keep your coolant full. You also need to make sure that the coolant inside of your engine is high-quality. Overtime, coolant tends to break down and turn acidic. When it becomes acidity, it can eat away at your engine.

That is why you need to have the acidity levels of your coolant tested. You should do this a few times a year. When the acidity levels of your coolant get too high, you need to have your coolant system flushed.

When your coolant system is flushed, all old coolant is removed, new coolant is pushed through the system to clean it before it too is drained out of your system, and then finally your system is filled with new coolant.

3. Change the Fuel Filter

Diesel engines have two fuel filters, a primary fuel filter, and a secondary fuel filter. When you replace one filter, you should replace the other filter as well in order to get the best performance out of your engine.

The fuel filters should be replaced approximately every two oil changes. Your owner's manual will let you know exactly how many miles you can get out of your fuel filters, although changing them out every two oil changes is an easy way to remember when to do this important task.  

4. Change The Air Filter

Don't forget about your air filter. How often your air filter needs to be changed depends upon a wide variety of factors, such as how often you drive your vehicle and the air quality in the area where you drive your vehicle. Due to all the variables involved, it is hard to guess when your air filter should be changed based on a measurement such as mileage or time. Instead, check your air filter at each oil change to see if it is dirty and needs to be replaced.

Keep your coolant full and be sure to test the acidity of your coolant. Change out the fuel and air filters on time. Doing these simple tasks will help keep your diesel engine in ideal operating conditions. To learn more, contact a company like Motor Works, Inc.