Essential Diesel Car Maintenance Tips for Beginners

While we still encourage taking your car to the shop as much as possible, we do think that pre-emptively maintaining it so you don’t have to is really the best way to go.

It’s pretty useful to learn as much as you can about your car, and eventually become an amateur diesel specialist in your own right. In a lot of ways, diesel engines require their own special care. Here are our tips for maintaining your own diesel engine so that it lasts for as long as you want it to.

You Get a Filter! And You Get a Filter! Everyone Gets a Filter!

Diesel engine filters are the white blood cells of a diesel engine. They make sure that contaminants don’t enter the fuel supply of your car. Just like white blood cells, they don’t always survive the onslaught of contaminants, and eventually, they need to be replaced.

Be vigilant about your filters. If your car starts sputtering to a halt, or gives you a lot of jerky movements, it’s probably time to replace that ageing filter with a new one.

It’s also important to get in touch with what type of diesel filters your car comes outfitted with. Some filters screw off to get rid of collected condensation, others have cartridges that can be replaced, while some have to be completely removed and replaced. Know your car! Alternatively, you can also get a pre-filter to add a lot of life to your car.

Oil You Need is Love

The oil inside your diesel car makes sure that all the mechanical parts stay well lubricated and as a result, not damaged by the abrasiveness that is inherent to perpetual motion.

Diesel oil changes are rated by your car’s manual usually, but are also effected by a variety of factors. These include but are not limited to cars that travel long distances on highways getting more out of their oil than inner-city short distance cars, as well as cars that operate in the cold needing more frequent oil changes.

Heat Wave

Diesel starts becoming gelatinous at lower temperatures. This can really cause long term problems with car filters and other parts of your diesel vehicle. While most modern vehicles come with a fuel pre-warmer that will make sure that the car starting a problem, it’s still a great long-term car health measure to leave the engine on for a while when you first start the ignition, to really get the juices flowing.

Keepin’ it Coolant

The coolant in your car makes sure that your vehicle doesn’t go thermo-nuclear with all the heat generation coming from the moving parts and the fuel combustion.

Over time, however, it gets very acidic, and needs to be replaced so that it doesn’t cause damage to your metallic parts. Not replacing your coolant and other fluids in your car can be a potentially disastrous mistake that you make.

Have you read our tips for car maintenance, but are still worried that you’ll botch a repair job? For diesel services near Emerald, QLD, contact us at (07) 4982 4919 to get your diesel vehicle diagnosed with state of the art DYNO tuning facilities.