Caring for a diesel engine is quite a bit different than caring for a gas-powered one. Diesel engines lack electrical ignition parts, and also are without moving parts, such as distributor rotors. This can make them easier to maintain, with much less cost. However, maintenance must be conducted on a regular basis, in order to keep the engine in working condition. Here are a few tips on how to care for a TDI diesel engine.
Frequent Oil And Filter Changes
When you neglect to change the oil and filters in a gas-powered engine, it can have costly, detrimental effects, but these are more likely to accumulate over time. With a diesel engine, however, they can be cause immediate damage. Be sure to check your Volkswagon owner’s manual and change the oil and your filters as recommended. This typically is between 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but can depend on how frequently you use your car.
Keep Your Fuel Clean
Add diesel treatment to your fuel tank each time you refill. This will help prevent any fuel impurities from ultimately reaching your engine. In addition, avoid idling. The longer your car idles, the more likely those same fuel impurities will reach your engine, requiring costly repair.
Drain Your Water Separator
This important part is usually located near the fuel filter. Its purpose is to collect water from the fuel, and it helps keep your engine running smoothly. Most newer models will have these parts already installed, but if your TDI is older, it may be something you will need to have installed.
Don’t Let Your Gaskets Leak
Avoid driving around for long periods of time with leaky gaskets. This will cause a number of issues for your engine, and may happen more frequently than you think. They are exposed to some fairly extreme conditions while your car is operating, making them extremely susceptible to damage. When you replace one, replace both as they usually receive the same amount of damage. Visit Hawk Volkswagen of Joliet to know more about car maintenance and follow us on Twitter.
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