How to Prepare your Freightliner Cascadia for the Winter
Your Freightliner Cascadia may always be ready for the long haul, but is it ready to operate in the winter? The winter season can be harsh on all vehicles, and your Freightliner Cascadia truck isn't immune to it. If truth be told, your truck needs more care than gas-powered cars and trucks since it is diesel-powered. You know how diesel engines work. If you don't, you are going to be in a lot of trouble for sure when the winter season comes. But don't worry because these winter maintenance tips can be your saving grace.
- Ensure that your truck is properly serviced and maintained before the winter season begins.
Regular maintenance can go a long way and that includes preparing your truck for the winter season, so don't take it for granted. Whenever you do a routine maintenance check, you are already keeping tabs on the parts that need to be fixed, no matter how small the problem with it may be. Who knows, it can cause a major headache come winter time. So before it does, fix all that needs to be fixed because it is better to always come prepared not only during the winter season but all the time.
- Keep your truck running at highway speed.
Keeping your truck running at highway speed during very cold days will help your truck a lot better than making the engine run when the truck is stationary. Making it run at highway speed will help it reach the temperature threshold faster and for your truck's engine to be able to burn diesel fuel more efficiently.
- Don't forget to plug the engine block heater every night.
Diesel engines require higher temperatures for them to start compared to gasoline engines. This is why your truck is equipped with an engine block heater to keep the engine warm most of the time. The longer your truck sits in the cold temperatures, the more crucial it is to plug the engine block heater in. It is also advisable to do this even when the temperature feels warm.
When you plug the engine block heater, make sure that your truck's engine is at a normal operating temperature. What the block heater does is it maintains the temperature in the engine block, but it is not designed to heat the coolant from surrounding temperatures.
- Ensure that you have the correctly blended fuel.
Make sure that you get correctly blended diesel fuel for your truck. It is also best to add a cloud point additive to it to avoid fuel filter waxing. The fuel will be burned more efficiently if it is blended correctly.
- Base your fuel needs according to the weather on your destination point.
When you are going to drive up north, it is advisable to use winter weight fuel. It is also advised that you use fuel additives. The change in weather greatly affects the efficiency of your fuel so make sure that you fill your tank with the appropriate fuel.