5 top tips for diesel engines

The lifespan and performance of a vehicle is only as long as the lifespan of its engine. It is only natural that you’d want your engine to have longevity and serve you for as long as possible. In order to achieve this, there are a few considerations you can put in action to boost the life of your diesel engines in Kelowna . Here are five top tips for diesel engines;

Make use of diesel treatment

Diesel treatment ensures your engine is safe by keeping the fuel system clear of harmful sludge deposits, reducing emissions and smoke. Getting rid of these deposits will mean that diesel will be used more efficiently, which means you get value for your fuel and also get the life of your engine extended. With this as your default practice, your engine will always run as efficiently as it did when it was new.

Address ‘small’ issues as soon as they arise

There are always issues that pop up and you so easily decide to check on later thinking that they are not that serious. The only problem with this is that these small issues tend to fester and compound into way larger problems that will either cost an arm and a leg to fix or the entire engine altogether. These issues will include seeing the check engine light on, hearing an unusual sound or seeing an oil leak or a fuel leak. Have it checked even if it seems like nothing.

A good example would be if the oil level is higher than it should be. Ignoring this means you wouldn’t know that the injector seal is leaking so the fuel will ruin the lubrication purpose of the oil and the engine parts that require lubrication will rub against each other until the engine loses compression. With the engine main bearings ruined, you basically have no engine. What is the moral of the story you ask; fix the small problems.

Take it easy on the car during the break-in period

How exciting is it to own a new car? After the dreaming and expecting period runs out and you finally have the car keys in your hands, it feels like the right thing to do is hop in and test how truthful the salesperson was. It is however important and grossly understated that you take it easy on a newly manufactured engine. The first thousand miles, which are called the break-in period is very instrumental in determining the rest of the engine’s life. Do not stick to just one particular speed at this time; it is preferable if you utilize the full range of your car’s performance. The throttle should also be best kept below the RPM range and you should confirm from the car’s manual what speed limit not to exceed within the first five hundred miles. A new engine is already feeling like a total buzz kill but that gentle treatment might make all the difference in how long you will be getting your money’s worth.

Don’t let the engine idle for long

Diesel engines do not appreciate running for long spans of time when not in motion. Unlike what many people think, an idling engine does not warm up the engine or save on gas. This is because it doesn’t maintain the combustion temperatures high enough to burn fuel effectively. At times, fuel will get allowed into the crankcase oil and also build up on the injector tips. Subsequently, the injectors won’t perform optimally and over time there will be a decline in engine performance and decreased economy of fuel.

Change your oil and oil filter often

The oil and oil filter should get changed every 5,000 miles or 10,000 miles if you are using synthetic oil. At times you can even change these whenever something seems suspicious even below that distance range. For the cost of an oil change, you will surely be better safe than sorry.                                                    Change the fuel filter with every oil change. The fuel filter protects your engine from dirt and debris, which results in premature wear of the injection pump and injectors which can cause a multitude of other problems in ripple effect.

These are the five top tips for diesel engines to have longevity and serve you longer. Staying proactive can significantly boost your diesel engine’s service.