More car buyers are gravitating towards diesel engines and for good reason. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can boost fuel economy by around 30% by switching to diesel. With the advancement, though, the car owner assumes greater more responsibility. You may very well be causing damage to your diesel engine and not even know it.
These factors are bad for all engines, but can be especially hazardous for diesel engine health.
1. Going Over the Payload Limit
Diesel engines typically have higher payload and towing capacity. Some car owners, though, really take advantage of this and exceed the limit by several hundred or even thousand pounds. Know the weight limit for both the front and rear axles.
2. Short Trips
Do you frequently commute for short distances? The majority of engine wear occurs during startup. Short trips do not give the oil ample time to reach optimal operating temperatures. This also creates condensation within the oil. Traces of water contribute to corrosion in the crank case and other parts. These frequent ignitions also cause premature wear to the starter.
3. Air Leaks
Air leaks in the fuel injector cause contaminants to enter the fuel line, connections, and engine. Excess air can also inhibit fuel flow, causing the engine to shut down altogether.
4. Dirty Air Filter
Diesel engines have a more powerful air intake flow into the motor. Not checking and replacing the filter can cause a clog from dust and contaminant buildup. The dirty particles eventually enter and damage the engine.
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