With another winter upon us, we know what is coming, and the most experienced among us have seen the cold weather coming for months. The more we drive across the country, the more we recognize the subtle changes that take place from place to place as we drive. Some drivers who work farther north have to deal with seasonal challenges the most for those times of year. With trade with our neighbors to the north on an all time high, a lot of drivers need to venture into Canada frequently as well. Those who haul their trailers to the Canadian roads make for some cold travels. Up there, winter comes a lot sooner in the year. For drivers to the north, it is an annual reality to face the cold winds and low temperatures. For the rest of us who mostly drive across America, we still cannot avoid trucking into cooler climates since travel is definitely most of what this job involves. Many tips for drivers are available on the web. Online, there are is more advice than you will actually get from just fellow drivers in the real world. One fundamental I do hear over and over is with regard to tire pressure. With a regular vehicle like a car or pickup truck, it is a safety matter to keep tire pressure varied based on the outside temperatures. In a car, one should have higher tire pressure during the summer. The high pressure keeps the tires more rigid and creates less drag on the car and better mileage. Lower pressure increases the tires’ contact with the road and provides better traction while driving in the snow. While driving a diesel truck though, this concept does not apply. Operators of diesel engines should always adjust their tire pressure based on their load, not the temperature outside. As always, safety is the most important factor with maintenance of the diesel.
Though these factors are critical what you really have to monitor, especially as the temperatures drop is your engine’s maintenance. When undefined there is only one thing worse than having mechanical problems on the road. That problem is having some kind of breakdown in the cold. For this reason, it is more critical than ever to keep close tabs on the log of replacement of your diesel engine parts. Because diesel engines withstand so much pressure and torque, those heavy duty diesel parts only last so long. Stressing out older diesel parts when you really need their power is a no go. You don’t want to blow a crankshaft or a piston when you’re trying to meet a tight schedule. Cranks and heads too are probably the most frequently worn parts on a diesel engine. Get a good price on diesel parts though, don’t just chuck your hard earned pay to a local mechanic. You don’t want to end up paying the outrageous overhead of shop parts. Once you look at the cost of parts from the shop, your bill will get quite high in no time. There are some websites who sell diesel parts who will warranty the part for a couple of years even if you have your own mechanic install them. Create an understanding with your local technician that you are all about saving money and that you need to obtain the parts yourself, then bring them to him. In the current economy, it seems most mechanics will oblige Blog to you next time.