Information on Diesel Parts

Information on Diesel Parts

Here is a list of some Diesel parts that you may need.


* Many problems with the diesel engine are to do with the cooling system. Some have a coolant filter to control the acidity level of the coolant and reduce the likelihood of corrosive particles building up inside the engine block.


* Coolant hoses should be checked frequently to ensure they have not worked loose or degraded. Having some additional coolant hoses in your spare parts box is a good idea.


* Gaskets must be monitored carefully since they work in extreme operating conditions. If one gasket starts to leak, the entire lot should be replaced as it will likely start leaking sooner rather than later.


* Mounting bolts should be re-torqued regularly as the vibration of the engine can cause them to come loose.


* Engine filter elements tend to get dirty frequently and need to be replaced. Diesel engines use a lot of air to run, but the filter is not very visible. To ensure that the problem does not go unnoticed by many people use the air filter indicator on the side of the air filter housing. By changing the color, this item will let them know when the filter gets dirty before problems develop.


* Some diesel engine owners use after coolers if their engines are turbocharged.


* A proper oil filter is also required for diesel engines. Since sulfur and carbon are created from diesel that is burned – or not completely burned, an oil filter is needed to prevent corrosive particles from getting into the engine fuel. You have to be sure of getting the right one for your vehicle.


* An early warning device can be installed on the dashboard that will alert the driver if the engine overheats. This is especially important for diesel engines as permanent damage can occur from overheating.


* Some diesel engines use two types of fuel filters to ensure there is no moisture in the engine. Some fuel tanks have vents that allow condensation to escape. They must be checked to make sure that they are not blocked.


* The glow plugs are used to heat the engine and help prevent the build-up of black soot. This is especially necessary for cold weather and essential in any spare parts box.


* In locations where the winter is very cold, an electrical heater can be installed to the cylinder block or a heater element in the heater hose. Starting fluid can also be sprayed sparingly on the combustion chamber in severe conditions.

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