How to Take Care of Your Diesel
As a diesel owner, you know that you can't take your truck just anywhere for maintenance and repairs. Diesel trucks are finely-tuned, high-performance machines. More importantly, they are maintained and repaired very differently from conventional trucks. Here's what you need to know about taking care of your diesel.
The Risks of Not Maintaining a Diesel Engine
Engine damage from infrequent oil changes. Diesel engines require regular oil changes to work properly, but it may not always be clear exactly how frequently those oil changes need to be. A mechanic will assess your truck and its performance to identify the best oil change schedule.
Poor performance because of old air filters. Air filters have to be frequently changed as well. If your air filters aren't changed, then the turbo system, pistons and other features within will not work properly. This means that your engine will use more fuel and will not operate as well as it should.
Engine issues due to unchanged fuel filters. Like the air filters, the fuel filters have to be changed. Otherwise, debris will break apart within the engine, potentially damaging it and causing expensive repairs.
Finding a Good Diesel Repair Shop
Look for a shop that specializes in diesel engines. These shops should have certifications directly related to diesel care. Shops that specialize in diesel engines will usually also deal with trucks, off-roading and commercial vehicles. They will know how to address vehicles that are going to undergo a lot of wear. After purchasing a diesel vehicle, you may want to ask the showroom for a recommendation. Diesel dealerships will have a solid handle on which qualified technicians are working in the area.
The Best Diesel Certifications for a Mechanic
ASE Certifications. Provided by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence, ASE certifications promote a variety of specializations. In terms of a diesel truck, the certifications that are most important are the 2015 ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Tests. Among other things, these cover diesel engines, drive trains, preventative maintenance and inspections.
AHOY, ABYC Certifications. If you have a diesel truck, it's also possible that you have a diesel boat. The AHOY and ABYC certifications are targeted towards diesel engines and support systems.
Heavy Equipment Certifications. If you're dealing with a fleet of commercial or heavy vehicles, a Heavy Equipment Certification is what you want your repair shop to have. These certifications are primarily tilted towards construction and industrial equipment
Diesel engines are all about consistent performance and durability, but this performance and durability is only available when the vehicle has been properly maintained. If you need information on where you can get your diesel truck maintained or you want to invest in your next diesel engine, Cambridge Truck can help. Contact us today to get started.