When caring for your diesel engine, looking at it as a whole system rather than a separate part is essential. The engine works with the fuel and exhaust systems to ensure everything runs properly and without issue. So, when there are issues with the diesel mechanics, it may be linked to another problem.
Here are some common issues and useful ways to deal with diesel engine problems:
The Fuel is Contaminated
Unlike gasoline, diesel fuel is denser, which means it can produce more energy per gallon. However, that also means its density can cause problems when the fuel becomes contaminated. For example, glycol, soot, and too much moisture lead to performance issues and the risk of damage.
A few warning signs include black exhaust smoke, increased fuel consumption, premature fuel filter replacement or discoloured or rotten-smelling fuel. If the diesel fuel is contaminated, get a professional to clean and clear it before it leads to costly diesel engine repairs.
Oil Oxidation and Engine Damage
If you have a fleet vehicle that sits around, it risks the oil in the engine becoming oxidized and causing damage. Oxidization means that air bubbles in the oil have caused contamination and won’t be able to lubricate the engine properly. So the next time you use the vehicle, the contaminated oil will cause damage instead. It can also create deposits and sludge that lead to other performance issues.
While you can’t completely avoid oxidization (it happens naturally over time from the engine’s heat), diesel mechanics can slow it by keeping the engine, and its part lubricated.
The Engine is Losing Power
When the engine starts losing power, it’s not always just one problem. As mentioned above, viewing your engine as several working pieces making a whole engine is important.
When the engine starts losing power soon after starting up, it may be a few things. First, poor fuel delivery can be a cause, but that may be from clogging in the fuel injectors, a loose throttle linkage, or lubrication trouble. Difficulties starting up may point to the engine needing servicing, in general, to clean it out. In either case, getting professional diesel mechanics to take a detailed look will catch the issue before it can worsen with costly diesel engine repairs.
Let the Professionals Help
Beyond pre-and post-trip inspections, routine maintenance, and upkeep, you can only do so much. So when a diesel engine repair is needed, or you can’t fix the issue, it’s time to call the professionals.
At Motorplex, we have a team of skilled and highly experienced experts who can help. From scheduling a routine check-in, fixing a problem or providing a tune-up, we can help with any issue.
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