Diesel pickup trucks are powerful, robust, and suitable for almost every heavy-duty job. They are long-lasting and, given the proper care, will run for many years without worry. Still, as with any system, there is always the danger of an unexpected problem. With diesel pickup truck fleets, problems can come from the fuel and risks the engine.
Motorplex is a skilled diesel mechanic that offers repairs and services to fleet vehicles. To keep your fleet’s diesel engines safe from damage, we’ve listed some common fuel issues that result in diesel engine repair.
The Fuel Has Oxidized
Oxidization happens when the diesel sits unused for a long time. If you drive it regularly, this may not be a problem, but a few are likely to face this issue with a fleet of pickups. It means that oxygen has gotten into the oil and has created tiny bubbles that affect the lubrication. Once that happens, the oil changes and can thicken, form deposits, and rapidly increase engine failure. The avoid this, always check the oil before using the diesel pickup. Also, regularly change the oil to keep it clean and the engine safe.
While a slow starting pickup may seem like an engine problem, the reason could be the fuel. Everything from dirty fuel filters, too much lubrication, or issues with the fuel injectors can all be causes. If left alone, the extra strain on the engine will quickly lead to engine failure or very costly diesel mechanic repairs. To avoid that, regularly clean and change the fuel filters. That will prevent clogs or debris buildup from affecting the engine. Then check the lubrication to ensure enough to keep the fuel injectors firing without over-firing from excess amounts.
There’s A Leak
Engine leaks are a serious problem that can wreck-havoc on your engine. Diesel engines tend to run under a high pressure that helps inject the fuel into the combustion chamber. Without that pressure, the engine can’t work, and the fuel will get into the rest of the system. Blue smoke from the exhaust, for example, means the fuel is being burned in the combustion chamber and not the engine.
The most obvious sign is spotting a puddle of fuel on the ground underneath the pickup. That means fuel is leaking and could be either internal or external and needs a quick diesel engine repair. Fuel hoses, clamps, injectors, and delivery valves are common places for a leak to spring. Typically, it’s because the parts have become worn and thinned to the point of breaking. If you can’t find and stop the problem yourself, bring your diesel pickup to a professional. Always do so as soon as possible as well, to avoid the problem worsening even more.
For your diesel mechanic repairs, inspections, or just maintenance, Motorplex is here to help. With shops in both Auburn and Spokane, WA, their professionals are ready and waiting to solve any vehicle problems.
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