Doing maintenance on your smaller vehicle is one thing, but maintenance on an RV engine can feel plain daunting. That said, once you know your way around any RV engine repairs, there’s no reason for concern. Keeping it in top shape and knowing what to look for will keep your engine safe and any repair costs down.
Remember that not all RV vehicles and engines are the same, so always refer to your user manual for any specific details.
As with any engine, clean oil is the key to a healthy and safe vehicle. Also, like any car, RV engines need regular oil and filter changes. If not, you risk the engine seizing and ruining your cross-country RV trip. It’ll also cost much more for the motorhome repairs than the cost of a simple oil change. With an RV, 5,000 to 7,000 miles is the recommended range for oil changes. If you use synthetic oil, that range can change, and with diesel, the miles jump to around 20,000. Still, always check the recommended mileage in your user manual to find the right range for your specific RV.
Swap Out Dirty Filters
After checking the oil, take the time to also check on your fuel filters. The filters in your engine help keep dirt and debris out of the fuel pump and engine. That, in turn, means a healthier engine with parts that last longer. The golden rule for oil filters is to change them either every 30,000 miles or every two years. Diesel filters need annual changes.
There are also air filters that block dirt and debris from reaching the combustion changer. You should change air filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. That said, don’t leave them for that duration without ever doing a check. If you notice it’s hard to start the engine, or there’s a loss of power or higher fuel use, it could be a fuel filter issue. Some filters have windows that let you see the filter or you can let a professional handle inspections and motorhome repairs.
Check the Belts
Before any trip or throughout a long drive, make sure you check the drive belt. The belt provides all the power for AC, power steering, and the water pump. If the belt is damaged or broken, your engine won’t run or could break down. Then you’ll need RV engine repairs on the road.
Squealing or squeaking is an immediate sign that the belt is already worn and needs replacing right away. Otherwise, you should swap out the belt every 50,000 to 60,000 miles. During that time, do regular checks for any cracks, wear or tears that spell early trouble.
Call the Professionals
Aside from your DIY checks and maintenance, always make time for regular professional inspections. Motorplex offers motorhome repairs and can help with any engine troubles or tune-ups. We have the lift equipment to raise your heavy motorhome and give it a detailed inspection. They also have experienced diesel mechanics to help with your diesel engine.
With shops in Auburn and Spokane, WA, call Motorplex for RV engine repairs!
For all your professional motorhome maintenance, Motorplex is here to help! With shops in Auburn and Spokane, WA, our team is ready and waiting. Contact us now to book an appointment in Auburn, WA or Spokane, WA!