While the majority of America drives gasoline-powered engines, there is a growing tribe of dedicated and passionate diesel owners. Diesel vehicles are reliable, powerful, and are designed to work hard. However, if you want your diesel to take good care of you, you will need to take good care of it. Here is some friendly advice for new members of the diesel fan club:
- Light diesels tend to be passenger vehicles while heavy-duty diesels are 18-wheel tractor-trailers.
- If you haul a trailer, pay extra attention to transmission maintenance. The extra load puts a strain on the transmission system. Therefore, it is wise to check your transmission frequently if you are pulling a horse trailer, mobile home, camper, or another vehicle.
- Diesel engines require more filter maintenance because diesel fuel is not as clean and pure as gasoline. That is why you need to change your fuel filter more frequently, your air filters, and purge the water/fuel separator.
- Diesels are known for their power and reliability, but they tend to burn oil more quickly than gasoline-powered engines.
- Diesel fuel additives and oil additives are often necessary to keep the parts lubricated and the fuel injectors are flowing steadily.
- Diesel engines require OEM recommended coolants because they all run hot. Each manufacturer lists the recommended coolant in the Owners Manual.
- A diesel engine needs to be amply warmed up before you start driving it. Why? Because the engine needs time to lubricate itself before racing around town.
- Diesel vehicles are tough machines. Some diesel fans claim that if you treat your engine right, it will outlast the body of the truck. We’re not sure that’s totally true, but a well-maintained diesel engine will appear to last forever.
- The best-known light diesel brands in the United States are Chevy Duramax, Ford Powerstroke, and Dodge Cummins. However, other major car brands build diesel vehicles, like Volkswagen, Mercedes, Sprinter Vans, BMW, Audi, Subaru, and Mitsubishi.
When you live in the Kansas City region, and you own a light diesel, how do you find a mechanic you can trust? To begin, you should search for an auto repair shop that has experience handling light diesel maintenance and repairs. Look for diesel-certified auto mechanics who have the tools, equipment, and training to keep your light diesel vehicles operating smoothly and reliably.
If you would like to experience a stress-free customer service experience with top-notch ASE-Certified automotive technicians, we invite you to try I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City. We are a family-owned business that has been serving this region for three generations. Schedule your appointment today! Our shop hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We’ve got you and your diesel covered!