Badger Truck & Auto Group

Search Anything...

- or select -

Basic Diesel Engine Maintenance Checklist

Compare gas engine vs. diesel and you’ll find the latter tends to offer superior long term durability on Chicago roads, but you should still commit to basic diesel engine maintenance to avoid any potential problems in the future. Luckily, most diesel trucks are designed to let you perform regular diesel maintenance tasks yourself.

Changing the Lubricating Oil

Lubricating oil keeps parts moving smoothly, draws away heat, and prevents carbon deposits developing. Check your owner’s manual for the proper type of engine oil, then check your dipstick every few weeks to make sure you aren’t running low. At set intervals, you’ll need to have all your engine oil replaced.

Changing the Air Filter

Air filter setups are mostly the same with diesels as they are with gas-powered vehicles. Once you pop the hood, you’ll find them located within the cold air collector box. Check your owner’s manual for recommended replacement intervals, then switch out air filters accordingly.

Changing the Fuel Filter

Diesel engines have two fuel filters. There’s a primary filter between the fuel tank and the engine and a secondary filter near the engine to provide a final cleaning. Both should be easy to change — you simply unscrew the old filter, moisten the new one’s gasket, then screw it into place. Just make sure you bleed air bubbles out of the fuel system to get a new supply of fuel circulating.

Bleeding the Fuel System

Air in the fuel can cause starting problems, and air can get in when you change the filters or run out of fuel. You’ll then need to bleed the engine by opening the fuel supply valve and using the manual fuel pump. Pump until you get clear fuel with no bubbles.

Draining the Water Separators

Diesel fuel gets contaminated with water more easily than gasoline, so diesel vehicles usually feature a water separator located on or near the fuel filter. They’re self-cleaning, but most need to be drained manually. Simply open the drain valve and empty the water from the collection chamber.
Power Stroke Diesel Engine

Visit Badger Truck & Auto Group in Milwaukee for Diesel Maintenance

Drivers from Madison, Green Bay, and beyond turn to our service center for diesel engine care tips. Schedule servicing today or feel free to contact us directly for further advice.


More From Badger Truck & Auto Group

  • What are the 2019 Ford F-150 Bed Sizes?

    Offered in multiple configurations, the 2019 Ford F-150 is one of the most flexible light-duty pickup trucks on the market. So, what sort of body customization options are available? The Ford F-150 bed sizes and cab sizes are hot topics among Chicago shoppers. Read on to learn more about the new Ford F-150 truck’s spacious…

  • What are the 2019 Ford F-550 Specs?

    The 2019 Ford F-550 Cab Chassis truck is part of the Ford Super Duty family, which also features the F-350 and F-450. The new F-550 rests at the top of the lineup with two herculean engines, a series of fully loaded packages, and three cab options. Needless to say, if you’re searching for a work…

  • 2019 Ram 1500 Gas Mileage

    The 2019 Ram 1500 fuel economy not only reaches 25 mpg highway, but it reaches up to 20 mpg city when fully equipped with eTorque capability, rear-wheel drive, and the 3.6L V6 Pentastar® engine. For a full-sized pickup truck, these are incredibly impressive numbers! Strong efficiency can be found throughout the entire Ram 1500 model…

Saved
Saved Vehicles ×

SAVED VEHICLES

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:

Save

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact
Contact Us ×

(414) 344-9500

Call Now

• Milwaukee, WI

Get Directions

Badger Truck & Auto Group

Milwaukee, WI

Phone: (414) 344-9500

http://maps.google.com/?q=2326%20W%20Saint%20Paul%20Avenue%2C%20Milwaukee%2C%20WI%205
[schema type="organization" orgtype="LocalBusiness" url="www.badgertruck.com" name="Badger Truck & Auto Group" description="" street="" city="Milwaukee" state="WI" postalcode="" country="United States" email="marketing@badgertruck.com" phone="(414) 344-9500" logo="https://di-uploads-pod14.dealerinspire.com/badgertruckcenter/uploads/2019/04/BadgerTruckAutoGroupOGImage.png"]
Badger Truck & Auto Group
Badger Truck & Auto Group
Milwaukee, WI, United States
(414) 344-9500
https://di-uploads-pod14.dealerinspire.com/badgertruckcenter/uploads/2019/04/BadgerTruckAutoGroupOGImage.png
Badger Truck & Auto Group , .