As cooler weather approaches, diesel owners should take steps to get their vehicles ready for winter. From using anti-gel fuel additives to testing battery health and changing the oil, the tips on this list are designed to help drivers beat the cold.
Test the Batteries
Most batteries last from two to five year, and many drivers aren’t sure when they last had a new battery. After going through a hot summer full of fluid evaporation and corrosion followed by insufficient cold cranking amps during the fall, winter can kill a weak battery. To avoid high tow bills or becoming stranded, drivers should test their batteries’ health. It’s also good to test the alternator’s output to ensure that it can recharge the vehicle’s batteries.
Test and Replace Glow Plugs
If a 6.7 powerstroke tuner recommended the usage of glow plugs for cold starts, it’s important to ensure that they’re in good shape before cold weather hits. Glow plug failure can be quite problematic, but many people forget to replace them when the weather is warm and cold starts aren’t an issue. Thankfully, it’s easy to get to the glow plugs by removing the inside fender well.
Use a Block Heater
It’s surprising how many owners don’t use a block heater when it’s cold outside. What’s even more surprising is how many truck owners are unaware that they even have one! If an owner is unsure whether they have a block heater, they should look behind the grille and front bumper for one. If it’s not there, it’s a good idea to get one.
Use Fuel Additives
In intense cold, even the best winter diesel blends can gel up. Because fuel quality varies widely by location, there’s no set temperature at which this will occur. That’s why it’s good to use a fuel additive during the winter months. Choose one that’s specifically made for cold-weather driving.
Diesel trucks and other vehicles are designed for years of reliable operation, but they can present a few problems during the winter. By following these tips, drivers can get their diesel engines ready for the cold winter months.