Cold Weather Tips to Keep Your Diesel Running Smooth
Diesel engines may need some work to get up and running during the colder winter months — then again, who doesn't? There are some things that you can do to make sure your diesel engine keeps running smoothly, even as the weather outside gets frightful.
Install Glow Plugs and Engine Heaters
Glow plugs are special heating devices that make it easier for your engine to start. If you find that your engine is having a hard time getting started in the morning, you may want to consider the addition of these. There are also engine heaters that can help heat up your engine in general, which will help when you're warming it up.
These additions are relatively affordable and will make it easier for you to "get up and go" with your truck. It's especially useful for those who need to operate their truck frequently throughout the day, and it can be a good investment for those who have commercial trucks and fleets.
Keep It Running and Park Indoors
Start up your diesel and let it run for a little while before you hit the road; letting it warm up is going to lower the chances of it seizing and make it more efficient. You may also want to consider parking indoors because parking indoors will keep your diesel engine a little warmer. Once your engine starts going, though, it should begin warming up. In fact, it's generally a good idea to warm a diesel truck up anyway, as it lowers the chances that the parts could become damaged in sudden operation.
Get the Fluids and Fuel System Checked
Proper maintenance and oil care are even more important when you're dealing with a cold weather engine. Get your oil changed regularly and have your vehicle's fuel system serviced. Fuel additives can help in making your diesel fuel run smoothly even when it's colder.
Get a Complete Tune Up
A tune up will ensure that there's nothing wrong with your engine moving into the winter, therefore improving the odds that your engine will be able to run perfectly and consistently. A tune up is advised for any seasonal change, as it'll head potentially costly and difficult issues off at the pass.
Your diesel truck doesn't operate at its best when it's cold, but there are many ways that you can improve upon its cold weather operation. Through glow plugs, heaters, and a few habits, you can make sure your truck is warmed up before you get going. Contact us today at Bodacious Diesel to discover how we can keep your diesel running smoothly this winter!