It is a known fact that diesel engines are far more fuel efficient than gasoline ones. Luckily, you can make them even more fuel efficient with these strategies to ensure that you get the best mileage for your diesel truck, helping save you money in the long run.
There are times where you will not be able to help but idle, but for best practice, always switch off your engine when you are not driving. It is recommended that if you need to warm your engine before driving, do so for no more than three minutes.
Choose Cruise Control
If you use your diesel truck to drive long distances, it is best to set your truck to cruise control (if you have it) so that you can maintain speed and reduce the amount of fuel used. Without using this, the changes in speed will force more fuel into the tank anytime you accelerate.
Open Your Windows Where Possible
While staying cool in air conditioning may make you feel more comfortable, running it consumes a large amount of fuel. Whenever you can, try and keep the windows open instead to keep you cool and help save your pockets.
No Jerky Movements
When it comes to accelerating and braking, try to do so as smoothly as possible. A massive increase in speed or slamming on your breaks can draw a large amount of fuel; not only can it use a large amount fuel, but it can cause unnecessary wear on the parts in your engine.
Stay on Top of Maintenance
By ensuring that your engine is properly maintained will be one of the best ways to guarantee your truck remains fuel efficient. When all the engine’s parts are running properly and are well lubricated by good quality oil, your truck will perform well and will not leave a burning hole in your pocket due to requiring constant fuel top-ups.
If you have only recently bought a diesel truck, you will want to be aware of how to maintain it well to ensure its longevity. While diesel trucks are robust and durable, having them regularly serviced and maintained are key. Here are some of our top tips for keeping your diesel truck in tip-top condition:
Change Your Oil
Always ensure the oil you use is high quality and changed if it becomes contaminated. Not only do you need to change the oil, but also your oil filters so that they do not become blocked. You can test your oil levels with the dipstick, which can also help indicate if your oil has become dirty and requires replacement.
Be Aware of Smoke Colors
While your diesel truck may produce some levels of smoke, dark smoke can be a big problem. On the other hand, so can light smoke, which many people do tend to ignore. White, thick smoke can mean there is an issue with your head gasket, and blue smoke could indicate there is an oil issue within your engine. Do not take smoke lightly and always get your engine checked out if you begin to notice any signs of smoke that do not appear to be normal.
Check Your Tires
When was the last time you had your tires checked? If you are like many of us, it is just one of those things we tend to forget about until we have a big problem on our hands. However, regularly checking them can help reduce damage that can occur to your suspension, which eventually takes a toll on your engine. It is recommended that, on average, you should have your tires rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles that you drive. When you purchase tires through us, you will also receive free lifetime tire rotations and puncture repairs.
Replace Your Air Filter Regularly
Air filters quickly capture dust and other particles and therefore can quickly become very dirty and stop working properly. Changing these on a regular schedule will ensure that your diesel truck runs at its best.
For any of the maintenance tips suggested above or just to get a general check up on your diesel truck, be sure to contact us and book your appointment. If you have already had a quote from another shop, we will be more than happy to double check it and give you a second opinion, completely free of charge!