Diesel engines are common in fleet vehicles, semi-trucks and pickup trucks. They provide optimal power for carrying and moving large, heavy loads. Diesel engines are exceptionally powerful and reliable, but they do need regular maintenance in order to stay in top condition. You must keep your diesel engine’s oil and filters changed at regular, scheduled intervals. The team at Bob’s Truck Repair and Car Care Center can help you set a schedule for regular maintenance on your diesel vehicle.

Because of their efficiency and durability, diesel engines have become the standard in powering our nation’s passenger vehicles, pickups, and other work trucks and buses.  Diesel service technicians who service and repair these engines are using more complex diagnostic equipment as diesel engine maintenance is becoming increasingly more complex with engines and other components using more electronic systems to control their operation. 

Diesel vehicles are exceptionally powerful, and they run differently than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. Because diesel engines do not have electrical ignition parts such as plugs and wires, there are fewer components within the vehicle that need to be maintained. However, when diesel engines require maintenance, they should be taken to experienced diesel specialists such as the team at Bob’s Truck Repair and Car Care Center. Bypass expensive dealerships by bringing your diesel car, truck, or SUV to us next time it needs maintenance or repair. Diesel repair is becoming increasingly complex and requires a certain skill set by a diesel technician who knows what they’re doing, and at Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center we have who you’re looking for. Call or come by Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center anytime!

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When do you need to schedule maintenance for your diesel engine and what is needed each time?  For your convenience, we've added the preferred maintenance listing: 

7,500 MILES
    •    Change engine oil and replace oil filter
    •    Rotate Tires
    •    Inspect engine air filter minder, replace filter as required

15,000 MILES
    •    Change engine oil and replace the oil filter
    •    Inspect tires for wear and measure tread depth
    •    Rotate tires
    •    Inspect engine air filter minder, replace filter as req.
    •    Replace engine- and frame-mounted fuel filters
    •    Inspect steering linkage, suspension and if equipped, driveshaft and ball joints
    •    Inspect engine cooling system and hoses
    •    Inspect brake system
    •    Inspect exhaust system and heat shields
    •    Check wheels for endplay and noise
    •    Inspect and lubricate 4x2 ball joints (except F-450/F-550)
    •    Inspect and lubricate steering idler arms

22,500 MILES
    •    Change engine oil and replace oil filter
    •    Inspect engine air filter minder, replace filter as req.

30,000 MILES
    •    Change engine oil and replace the oil filter
    •    Inspect tires for wear and measure tread depth
    •    Rotate tires
    •    Inspect engine air filter minder, replace filter as req.
    •    Replace engine- and frame-mounted fuel filters
    •    Inspect steering linkage, suspension and, if equipped, driveshaft and ball joints
    •    Inspect engine cooling system and hoses
    •    Inspect brake system
    •    Inspect exhaust system and heat shields
    •    Change the automatic  transmission fluid and external filter element
    •    Check wheels for endplay and noise
    •    Inspect and lubricate 4x2 ball joints (except F-450 / F-550)
    •    Inspect and lubricate steering idler arms

37,500 MILES
    •    Change engine oil and replace the oil filter
    •    Inspect engine air filter minder, replace filter as req.

45,000 MILES
    •    Change engine oil and replace the oil filter
    •    Inspect tires for wear and measure tread depth
    •    Rotate tires
    •    Inspect engine air filter minder, replace filter as required
    •    Replace engine- and frame-mounted fuel filters
    •    Inspect steering linkage, suspension and, if equipped, driveshaft and ball joints
    •    Inspect engine cooling system and hoses
    •    Inspect brake system
    •    Inspect exhaust system and heat shields
    •    Check wheels for endplay and noise
    •    Inspect and lubricate 4x2 ball joints (except F-450 / F-550)
    •    Inspect and lubricate steering idler arms

52,500 MILES
    •    Change engine oil and replace the oil filter
    •    Inspect engine air filter minder, replace filter as required

60,000 MILES
    •    Change engine oil and replace the oil filter
    •    Inspect tires for wear and measure tread depth
    •    Rotate tires
    •    Inspect engine air filter minder, replace filter as required
    •    Replace engine- and frame-mounted fuel filters
    •    Inspect steering linkage, suspension and, if equipped, driveshaft and ball joints
    •    Inspect engine cooling system and hoses
    •    Inspect brake system
    •    Inspect exhaust system and heat shields
    •    Change the automatic transmission fluid and external filter element
    •    Change the manual transmission fluid
    •    Check wheels for endplay and noise
    •    Lubricate 4x4 hub needle bearings
    •    Lubricate 4x2 wheel bearings
    •    Replace wheel bearing grease seal
    •    Inspect and lubricate 4x2 ball joints (except F-450 / F-550)
    •    Inspect and lubricate steering idler arms

MOST COMMON DIESEL REPAIRS  Our diesel mechanics have found that the most common issues and repairs have been the following:
    •    Diesel Air intake system repair and replacing parts
    •    Diesel Charging system repair
    •    Diesel Glow plug repair and replacement
    •    Diesel Turbo repair, rebuilding, replacement
    •    Diesel High-pressure pump repair, rebuilding, replacement
    •    Diesel Hydro boost system repair, replacement
    •    Diesel EGR system repair

WARNING SIGNS  If these things happen, you need to call the shop as there is a problem with your diesel truck.  Preferably as soon as you notice it so we can remedy it before it becomes a serious issue.
    •    Engine runs poorly when it is cold outside or it's too hot potentially overheating
    •    White, black or blue smoke is coming from your exhaust - problem
    •    Leaking coolant or excessive coolant loss - any big change
    •    The engine is running poorly when it is cold or it is hard to start.  Loss of performance of any kind.
    •    Sudden change in fuel mileage performance.
    •    Any time a light comes on in your panel i.e. check engine light.
    •    Hard knocking or odd noise you are not used to in your engine.

Not every auto shop can service diesel engines. Our expert team has extensive training in the field of diesel engines, allowing them to diagnose and fix problems other shops may not catch. The diesel experts at Bob’s Truck Repair and Car Care Center in Port Huron, MI, use the latest diagnostic tools to ensure your diesel engine is running as it should. Drive further and longer with your diesel truck and get the most from your truck by proactive maintenance and repairs!

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