(BPT) – Gone are the days when the only diesel vehicles on the road were commercial and heavy duty trucks. According to biodiesel.org, 44 new clean diesel car, truck and SUV models were available in the 2014 model year. Experts are predicting consumers will have more than 58 diesel vehicle models to choose from in North America by 2017.
Consumers are choosing diesel over traditional gasoline vehicles for various reasons including better gas mileage, towing capacity and better resale value. If you are considering purchasing a diesel vehicle or you already own one, here are some tips to maintaining it during the winter months.
Replace your engine air filter – Diesels use a lot of air, so it’s important that your air filter is clean and able to work as efficiently as possible. While air filters can last between 10,000 and 30,000 miles, it is a good idea to have the air filter evaluated every 3,000 to 6,000 miles for wear. A clean air filter can improve the vehicle’s gas mileage.
Use a premium oil filter – Sulfur residue and carbon deposits are created when fuel does not burn completely. A premium oil filter made with high quality media will remove corrosive particles from the oil. Essentially, you get what you pay for when it comes to oil filters. Oil filters that cost less are often made with lesser-quality materials, resulting in quicker break down and little or no filtration.
Cooling systems are critical on diesel engines – Flush your cooling system and replace your antifreeze with the manufacturer’s recommended mix ratio. Also check that the engine light is working properly on the dashboard. An overheating engine that’s not caught in time can result in expensive engine damage.
One way to prevent condensation from building up in your fuel tank is to keep a full tank of gas, but an easy and convenient alternative is using a diesel performance product like Royal Purple’s Max-Tane. Formulated for year-round use, it is compatible with any type or grade of diesel fuel. Some of the benefits of using Max-Tane include improved engine start up in cold temperatures, improved cold flow by preventing gelling and cleans deposits from fuel injectors.
Taking care of your diesel during the winter months will ensure you can rely on your vehicle for years to come.