General Diesel Repair
October 20, 2022

First Time Owner of Diesel Semi-Truck? What You Should Know

You've decided to purchase a heavy-duty diesel truck or at least think about it. And you undoubtedly want to know what to anticipate from your diesel engine and how to prolong its life. Because diesel engines differ from gasoline ones in many ways, it's crucial to become knowledgeable about the proper maintenance procedures. Here's how to maximize the efficiency of your diesel engine and get the most out of your investment. 

Why should a semi-truck use diesel instead of gasoline?

You're not the only one considering switching from gasoline to diesel. In Canada, more drivers are choosing diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks over those that run on regular gasoline. Why? First, diesel vehicles may lower fuel consumption, saving you money and time at the gas station. When fuelled with diesel, many heavy-duty trucks, SUVs, and semi-trucks provide better fuel efficiency. A gallon of diesel fuel will take you 20 to 35 percent further than a gallon of gasoline since diesel fuel has between 10% and 15% more energy than gasoline. Trust us, the other leg of travel will be helpful if you're driving an extensive semi-truck cross-country.

Second, the environmental advantages of diesel semi-trucks are also favoured. If you're concerned about the environment, diesel engines emit less fuel than gasoline-powered equivalents. Ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel and enhanced exhaust treatment have been made possible by technological advancements to provide a cleaner, more environmentally friendly vehicle.

Tips to keep in mind as a first-time diesel semi-truck owner 

These suggestions will help you get the most out of your diesel engine and reduce the number of times you need to schedule an emergency visit to the mechanic.

  • Schedule truck maintenance and repair services

Make regular appointments with your diesel truck repair shop in order to maintain the health of your diesel engine. These specialists will provide thorough truck and trailer repair services to keep your semi-truck in peak shape. Book yours right now!

  • Utilize oil additives and diesel fuel

With the help of fuel additives, your engine will run better and stay cleaner. These additives, if used correctly, can help your diesel engine will operate more cost-effectively, have greater fuel efficiency, start more smoothly, and last longer. Oil additives are a fantastic addition to your toolbox for diesel trucks since they stabilize engine oil, improve fuel efficiency, prolong oil life, lower engine temperature, and do many other things. Talk to your diesel repair specialist and ask for suggestions on which additives will work best for your diesel heavy-duty truck.

  • Watch out for freezing conditions

Do you reside in an especially chilly region? If so, you may need to take additional safety measures in the winter. Diesel engines may be challenging to start in below-freezing weather because they warm up more slowly than gasoline ones. Utilize the block heater in your engine to remedy this. During the colder months, you may store your heavy-duty truck in a garage to keep the engine warmer. Simply connect the block heater to the electrical system in your house/shop to experience quicker heating up in the morning.

  • Check your oil level

Oil changes for diesel trucks are often more frequent than for gasoline-powered ones. This is because diesel engines require more lubrication, which causes the oil levels to decrease more quickly. Regular checks guarantee that your oil (and other crucial fluids) are at the ideal levels. It’s recommended to let your engine cool for at least 30 minutes before you check your oil and remember to do so with the vehicle parked on level ground. Top up as directed by the manufacturer if necessary.

  • Maintain your fuel filter

A clean diesel filter is necessary for your heavy-duty truck to operate efficiently over time. If this is clogged, your heavy-duty truck might suffer serious, costly damage or sudden breakdown if the filtration system becomes blocked. Although your heavy-duty truck should have a sensor that alerts you if the diesel filter is blocked, it's still a good idea to keep an eye on it. Fortunately, most vehicle repair services include examining the diesel filter to ensure it is operating properly.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions

Do you know that little book in your glove compartment gathering dust? It contains some vital information that can help your diesel engine last longer. For instance, it will provide recommendations on how often, based on the make and model of your vehicle, you should replace the oil. A $100 oil change every 8,000 kilometres may seem like a bother, but it is far less expensive than a $20,000 engine replacement.

Final words

Now you have a clear idea of how to take care of your diesel truck. Adhere to these tips, and you’ll be less likely to encounter any significant issues with your truck. 

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