So, you've decided to buy yourself a diesel truck. Smart move, especially if it's for business purposes. It goes without saying that diesel truck maintenance should always be a top priority.
Here at Aposhian, we wanted to keep you aware of some of the biggest tips we know regarding diesel truck maintenance.
Keep It Clean
No one likes a dirty diesel truck. That's why it's essential that you properly maintain the inside and outside of your vehicle. Dirt can easily accumulate, so you'll want to ensure you stay on top. Going to the car wash is a great way to care for both areas.
Check the Radiator
Your truck's radiator is essential. It helps to maintain your engine's temperature. A bad radiator can cause your engine to overheat. That's why it's vital to check your coolant levels regularly.
You might also want to give your radiator a good flush once in a while to clean out any dirt that builds up.
Treat the Engine
When it comes to maintenance, you should always use diesel treatment. Doing so will rid your engine of any objects that shouldn't be there. It will also help maximize your engine's life while also allowing it to run at its best. Without treatment, your engine would otherwise be at risk of corrosion. You certainly don't want that!
Drain the Separator
Inside your engine is a water separator that acts like a filter. It prevents water from entering the fuel system. You'll want to check your separator every time you do maintenance, or else you risk it filling up too much.
Luckily, emptying your separator is pretty straightforward. It's located near the fuel filter, and all you have to do is open the drain. The water will then simply flow out.
Change the Oil
Changing the oil of your vehicle is a regular necessity. This is no different for a diesel truck. Doing so helps improve fuel mileage while keeping your engine in tip-top shape. But remember that with oil, it's not a one-size-fits-all type of deal. You'll need to make sure you use the correct type. In the case of diesel engines, the oil type you want to use is typically synthetic.
Check the Body
Let's face it: without the body, there'd be no vehicle. That's why it's just as essential to maintain the outside of your truck as well as the inside. You want to keep an eye out for corrosion, breaks, dents, and spots where the paint has chipped away. Also, ensure that all the windows—especially the windshield!—and both headlights are free of cracks.
Change the Filters
Similar to your oil, you'll want to change your filters regularly. These include your air, oil, and fuel filters. Luckily, whenever you change your oil, you change the oil filter. This is also when it's recommended that you change your air filter. You've already taken care of three crucial maintenance steps in one fell swoop.
Check the Exhaust
It might not be the first thing you think about when it comes to your diesel truck, but it's just as essential to evaluate your exhaust regularly. This is because the exhaust is easily prone to corroding and rusting. You definitely don't want that.
Rotate the Tires
Rotating your truck's tires is important. Doing so will help to keep your truck running safely while also prolonging the life of the tires.
Check the Belts
Every diesel truck has a few belts that need to be checked regularly. As time goes on and you operate your truck more, your belts will begin to wear out. They may even possibly crack. That's why it's vital for you to check them regularly.
While this is not an exhaustive (see what we did there?!) list, by regularly attending to these maintenance needs, you ensure that your diesel truck will continue to run smoothly and live a longer life. And if you happen to live in the Salt Lake area, give us a call at Aposhian. We have your maintenance needs covered.
When using Aposhian Garage, you have not only had your Subaru properly maintained, but you have also found your Subaru repair “home.”
We look forward to getting to know you and your vehicle!