How to Keep Tabs on your Chevrolet C3500HD
Your Chevrolet C3500HD is built for the long haul. It has definitely given you wonderful years of service and surely, you'd want to keep it that way, longer. To accomplish that, regular maintenance is required. Your diesel-powered Chevrolet C3500HD should be maintained a little differently compared to its gas-powered brothers. Diesel engines are easier to maintain than gas engines, so you don't have to worry too much about maintenance. With the proper know-how, you're good to go. Just follow these simple maintenance tips:
- First things first, always check your cooling system.
You can never imagine how hard your cooling system has to work for your diesel engine. Diesel engines operate at a higher compression pressure compared to gasoline engines. In fact, diesel engines operate at three times the compression pressure than that of the gasoline engines. With higher compression pressure, a higher amount of heat comes along with it. If truth be told, most diesel engines fail because its cooling system is not working properly.
Since the cooling system has to work extra hard, its components will wear out faster and probably get damaged more often. To prevent this, make sure that the cooling system has the right amount of coolant in it at all times. Keeping the coolant at the right level can do wonders for your truck's engine. Also, make sure that the cooling system components like the radiators, hoses, and fans are in excellent condition.
- Always check your gaskets if they are still in good condition.
As mentioned above, diesel engines generate more heat compared to gasoline engines. Too much heat from the engine will take its toll on the rubber and cork gaskets in the engine. The gaskets may be small, but they keep the fluids needed in the engine operation from leaking. Because of its important function, don't neglect them. In replacing gaskets, always replace them as a set. When one gasket fails, the others are not far behind.
- Replace your filters regularly.
The two most important filters are the air and oil filters. They ensure that dirt is filtered out from the air and engine oil respectively. Diesel engine operations are more rigid, so the filters tend to get clogged up faster than those on gasoline engines. Because of this, you'll have to replace the filters more often.
- Always keep your fuel tank full as often as possible.
Keeping your fuel tank full will prevent condensation inside it. Build-up because of condensation may clog the fuel injectors, so try to prevent it from happening all the time.
- Install an electrical heater to the cylinder block during winter.
Diesel engines are hard to start during winter so installing an electrical heater will greatly help starting up your engine when it is too cold. You can spray starting fluid on the combustion chamber if it is too cold. However, don't use starting fluid every time you start your truck to avoid scoring the cylinder walls.
- Avoid idling for a long period of time.
Letting your engine idle in cold temperatures can damage the pistons. Yes, it helps in keeping the cab warm, but in return, you are just shortening the life of your engine, so avoid doing it.