Quick and Easy Tips to Prepare your Ford CF8000 for the Winter
Yes, your Ford CF8000 is always ready for the long trips and long hauls. However, is it always ready for the very cold winter? The winter can be really hard for all vehicles and that does not leave your Ford CF8000 out, more so if it is powered by a diesel engine. Diesel engines work differently compared to gas powered ones so you need to prepare it before the winter season comes. Otherwise you are going to be in big trouble. It may sound like a tremendous job for you but it isn't really that hard to do. These winter maintenance tips below will help you be on your way.
- Have your truck serviced and make sure that you do proper maintenance before the winter comes.
It may sound cliche but regular maintenance can help you go a long way with your truck, especially when the harshness of the winter season is coming. Every time you do a routine maintenance, you are already checking all the parts of your truck and you can be sure that you will spot the problematic parts of your truck, big or small. Then once you find out the parts that may potentially give you headache during the winter drives, you can have it fixed. Coming always prepared is always better than having to deal with the problems once you are already out there, on the cold road.
- During the night time, always plug the engine block heater.
To start a diesel engine, it will require a much higher temperature compared to gas engines. For this reason, your truck has an engine block heater that will keep your engine warm for most of the time. If your truck sits longer in the cold temperatures, it makes it all the more important to plug the engine block heater in. In plugging the engine block heater, your truck's engine should already be at a normal operating temperature. The engine block heater is designed to maintain the warm temperature of the engine block, not designed to heat the coolant and the surrounding temperatures in the engine.
- You should have the right blend of fuel fit for the cold temperature.
If you get the correctly blended fuel, which is recommended for the cold weather, it will be burned more efficiently. The change in weather and temperature greatly affects the texture and efficiency of the fuel, so make sure you get the right fuel for the freezing weather. Adding a cloud point additive to the fuel to keep the fluid filter from waxing is also advised.
- Your truck should be kept running at highway speed.
Keeping your truck running at highway speed during very cold days is advised as it will help your truck a lot more than keeping the engine running when the truck is stationary. When you run at highway speed, your truck's engine will reach the temperature threshold a lot faster. This will then help your truck's engine burn diesel fuel more efficiently.