Every vehicle deserves to have the most quality of servicing. It’s imperative that you find someone who will take care of your vehicle the way you would take care of it yourself. This applies to diesel vehicles as well as it does to any other variety.
The diesel mechanic you find needs to know the turbocharger from the fuel pressure regulator, the filter from the water separation unit.
They should also want to do what’s best for you and your vehicle, not what’s best for their wallets. Here are common mistakes people make when looking for a diesel equipment mechanic.
Like a Fine Wine
Don’t ask your mechanic to give you your car back tomorrow. In fact, insist that they take their time before diagnosing what the problem is. A lot of symptoms for something wrong with a diesel vehicle overlap and it’s important that you let the mechanic really get a feeling of what’s wrong with yours.
Like tasting a complex wine, you have to really let it sit for a while before you can really identify the notes that you’re experiencing. If the fuel injectors are acting up for example, it’s quite possible you need to check the regulator as well to make sure it’s not malfunctioning.
Some mechanics might find your insistence annoying, but making sure that you get a comprehensive liquid analysis of your diesel vehicle will prevent you from having to make multiple aggravated trips to the mechanic.
Oil isn’t the only fluid in your car; the coolant also needs to be closely monitored. Over time, it becomes more acidic and can corrode important parts of your car. The best part is, a standard pH meter can be used, making coolant pH measurements a cinch to perform.
The oil should also be changed depending on what your car manual says is an appropriate amount of distance after which you should get one. Keep in mind that cars that are driven in congested cities will require faster oil changes than those that are driven on the highway, the same applies to cars that operate in cooler temperatures versus those in hotter climates.
Master of All
These days, it’s not enough that a diesel mechanic know just the ins and outs of a diesel engine. It’s important that he’s just as adept at doing electrical work. Most cars use EFIs these days, and merely replacing a filter or a regulator won’t cut it if the heart of your car, the part that regulates everything else, is breaking down.
Meeting of the Minds
Your desires need to align with those of the mechanic’s. Make sure that the mechanic you’re giving your car to doesn’t resort to quick fixes, and instead focuses on the long-term health of your car or truck. If your fuel pressure regulator is possibly faulty and he insists that a tubing change should “probably” get the job done for now, you know you have a dud on your hands. A mechanic that insists that you should get a pre-filter so you don’t have to come back to him is someone you know you can trust.
Confidence Doesn’t Mean Expertise
A lot of diesel mechanics will make claims about what your car needs before they’ve even opened the hood. Steer clear of characters like this, who create a lot of noise about what they know, but elicit many repeat visits to their shop because of continual breakdowns. A true expert never assumes to know the problem before actually investigating it and will make sure they really take care of your car before making any changes that will permanently damage it.
Diesel in the Brain
This is the number one mistake people make when looking for a good mechanic for their diesel vehicle. Diesel engines are a different beast compared to gasoline vehicles. It is key that you go to someone who specialises in diesel equipment and engines. Your diesel mechanic should be able to offer you a full diagnostic service, as well as a good amount of time in the shop with other mechanics also giving it a look-over.
Are you looking for diesel equipment and repairs in the Queensland area? Call us at (07) 4982 4919 today so we can give your car state of the art DYNO tuning and pre-emptive protection against future contingencies.