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

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So, you’ve taken the plunge and invested in a diesel vehicle – or you’re at least considering it. No matter which boat you’re in, you probably want to know what you should expect from your diesel engine, and how to get the most life out of it. Since diesel engines differ from gasoline ones in several ways, it’s important to educate yourself on the proper care tactics. Here’s how you can get the most out of your investment and optimize the performance of your diesel engine:

Why Should You Choose Diesel Over Gasoline for a Semi-Truck?

If you’re considering making the switch to diesel from gasoline, you’re not alone. In fact, many drivers throughout Canada are opting for diesel-powered vehicles over conventional gas. Why? Firstly, diesel trucks can reduce your fuel usage, saving you money and time at the pump. Many cars, SUVs, and semi-trucks deliver superior fuel economy when filled with diesel. In fact, diesel fuel contains between 10 to 15 per cent more energy than gasoline, allowing you to drive 20 to 35 per cent farther on a gallon of diesel fuel than gasoline would. Trust us: when you’re operating a large semi-truck cross country, that extra leg of distance will come in handy.

Secondly, diesel semi-trucks are favoured for their environmental benefits too. If you’re feeling eco-conscious, diesel engines reduce fuel emissions compared to their gasoline-run counterparts. Advances in technology have brought about ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and improved exhaust treatment to deliver a cleaner, more eco-friendly drive.

Lastly, compared to vehicles that run on gasoline, diesel engines come with:

  • Faster shifts
  • Higher fuel savings
  • More effective braking
  • Safer, cleaner fuel
  • Higher initial cost but lower long-term ownership rates

Tips for First-Time Diesel Owners

To get the most out of your diesel engine, these tips will make your trips to the car and semi-truck repair shop less frequent…

1.     Follow the Manufacturer’s Guidelines

You know that little book that’s accumulating dust in your glovebox? It holds some pretty vital information that could extend the life of your diesel engine. For example, it will give a guideline on how often you should change your truck’s oil depending on its make and model. While it can feel like a chore, a $100 oil change every 8,000 kilometers is a lot cheaper than a $20,000 motor replacement.

2.     Don’t Neglect Your Fuel Filter

Your vehicle’s long-term performance relies on a clean fuel filter. Should this become blocked, the clog in your filtering system could cause severe – and expensive – damage to your vehicle, even causing it to break down unexpectedly. And as much as we love to see you in our semi-truck repair shop, your safety and well-being is our number one priority. Your vehicle should come equipped with a sensor that warns you of a clogged fuel filter, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on it, nonetheless. Luckily, our Dieseltech truck repair service comes with a fuel filter inspection to ensure it’s working efficiently.

3.     Check Your Oil Levels

Diesel trucks typically require more oil maintenance than gasoline-powered ones do. This is because diesel engines burn through more lubricating oil daily, causing the oil levels to drop at a more rapid rate. Regular inspections can ensure your oil (and other important fluids) are at the optimal levels.  As long as you’ve given the engine 30 minutes or more to cool, and have it parked on level ground, you can check your oil easily yourself. If needed, top up according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

4.     Be Wary of Freezing Temperatures

Do you live in a particularly cold area? If so, you may need to take some extra precautions come winter. Diesel engines tend to warm up slower than gasoline ones and could be tough to start in below zero temperatures. To combat this, take advantage of your engines block heater. You can store your vehicle while keeping the engine nice and toasty throughout the harsher months. Simply plug the block heater into your home’s electrical system and enjoy a faster heat up in the morning.

5.     Use Diesel Fuel and Oil Additives

Fuel additives can improve its performance and keep your engine cleaner. This tip will result in better fuel efficiency, reduced costs, smoother starts, and a longer lifetime for your diesel engine. Oil additives are another great tool in your diesel truck arsenal as they can stabilize engine oil, maximize fuel economy, extend oil lifetime, reduce engine heat, and more. Our team can provide recommendations on what additives best suit your diesel vehicle.

6.     Book Regular Maintenance and Truck Repair Services

Keep your diesel engine in good health with regular appointments at Dieseltech’s fleet maintenance and truck repair services. We offer comprehensive truck and trailer repair services to ensure your fleet is running in top condition. Book yours today!