How to Ensure You Get the Best Mileage for Your Diesel Truck

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.

Avoid Idling

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!

Diesel Repair Services: The Complete Guide

Diesel Repair Services: The Complete Guide

Wondering about diesel repair services? For instance, what are the most common repairs truck drivers need? More importantly, how can you tell if your diesel truck needs repairing? You'll find all these answers and more in the guide below. To be specific, this guide...

3 Signs You Need Diesel Repair Services

3 Signs You Need Diesel Repair Services

Is your Diesel engine stalling out? Making weird noises? Are you worried that you might be making the problem worse, or that you could damage your engine attempting to figure out what's wrong? Well, let us help you - look for these 3 simple signs that you need to...

Can You Use Biodiesel on Your Diesel Engine?

Can You Use Biodiesel on Your Diesel Engine?

Do you drive a diesel car or truck? If so, you're part of a growing trend. The popularity of vehicles powered by this alternative fuel is steadily on the rise. And, there are more options than ever before for clean diesel vehicles!  Diesel engines make for quiet, fun...

8 Common Ways of Harming a Diesel Engine

8 Common Ways of Harming a Diesel Engine

Diesel engines are tough and more fuel-efficient than those that run on gasoline. However, that doesn't mean you don't need some care and attention from time to time. If you are pushing your engine hard on the daily and driving in some tough conditions, it may be time...

10 Common Reasons for Diesel Truck Repairs

10 Common Reasons for Diesel Truck Repairs

Are you having trouble with your diesel engine? A diesel engine has some very particular problems unique to its intricate design. You need to identify them and fix them quickly, or you can cause lasting damage to the vehicle.  We are here to help. Below, we have...

9 Tips to Improve Diesel Engine Performance

9 Tips to Improve Diesel Engine Performance

Even as automobile sales continue to dwindle throughout the country, diesel sales continue to climb. If you're someone who drives a vehicle with a diesel engine, then you're probably on the road a lot. And because of that, you want to make sure that your engine...

5 Signs of Diesel Engine Failure

5 Signs of Diesel Engine Failure

The diesel engine cranks more torque and power than a gasoline engine, which is why it exceptionally powers trains, pick-up trucks, and tractor-trailers. Diesel engines will work efficiently for a long time if you give them proper attention and maintain them well....

Renewable Fuels: What is Biodiesel?

Renewable Fuels: What is Biodiesel?

Everyone worries about the environment and wants to go green. But it's not up to single individuals to make a difference, but corporations, and global entities. That's when the real transformation will occur. One of the ways to do this is by modifying vehicles and...