Protecting Your Diesel Engine with Regular Oil Changes
Diesel truck owners know that there are a lot of benefits of having a diesel over a traditional gas-powered engine. The improved fuel economy, cheaper fuel at the pumps and improved towing power have long been touted as reasons to purchase a diesel-fueled truck. One other key benefit that doesn't get a lot of press is the ability for the trucks to go much longer between oil changes than trucks with traditional gas engines — more than twice as long! Here are the details you need to know to properly protect your diesel truck engine.
Benefits of Diesel Trucks
Hard-working diesel trucks may cost a bit more than the average gas-fueled counterparts, but there are plenty of benefits to be found. Diesel engines operate with a cleaner fuel burn, for better overall fuel economy and improved combustion. Plus, diesel fuel is denser than gasoline, which means your vehicle requires fewer gallons of fuel to travel the same distance. There are some additional considerations such as the cost of diesel fuel to take into consideration, but when you need a long-lasting vehicle, the diesel wins hands-down. The sturdier engine parts such as the block and cylinder heads, pistons and crankshafts are required to support the additional compression ratios and cylinder pressure.
Changing Your Oil
Changing the oil in your diesel engine is required approximately every 7,500 miles, depending on the type of oil that you're using in your truck. Synthetic oil has a much longer life-span but is more expensive to purchase upfront. One of the key differences between gasoline-fired and diesel engines is the amount of oil required. Diesel trucks are often used for heavy-duty applications, where changing the oil every 3,000 miles would be time-intensive and too expensive, so it is fortunate that it is not required that often.
Self-Service Oil Changes
Expect to spend a bit more for the additional oil, but you can change the oil yourself to save a bit of money. Changing the oil in a diesel engine is generally the same as changing the oil in a traditional truck engine. You will find that your diesel engine could use up to a whopping 50 quarts of oil — many times more than the four or five quarts that a family car or other small gasoline-fueled vehicle would use. Keep this in mind when you are purchasing the oil and determining the size of the oil pan you need for draining. You definitely do not want the oil overwhelming the pan and running out onto the ground!
When you're ready to purchase a diesel, contact Cambridge Truck at 740-255-5200 for all of your service needs. We work with all makes and models of truck and are the largest all-truck store in eastern Ohio. Check our inventory online or learn more about our finance options, too!