To keep your cooling system cool, check the fluid level in the system and, if necessary, add water andcoolant. It’s dangerous to remove the pressure cap from the radiator or coolant recovery system reservoir while the engine is still warm. Because it’s hard to tell just how hot things are inside the engine, follow these guidelines when removing a pressure cap:
When you flush your vehicle's cooling system yourself, it’s important to avoid endangering children and animals. Because coolant looks and tastes good, a puddle can be hazardous to children. That goes double for thirsty cats, dogs, and wildlife. Most coolant contains ethylene glycol, which is poisonous when swallowed. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), this chemical causes depression followed by respiratory and cardiac failure, kidney damage, and brain damage.
Cars overheat most often in very hot weather. It’s rare with modern vehicles, but even a well-tuned automobile can overheat. If you find yourself in stop-and-go traffic or climbing a steep grade on an extremely hot day, and your dashboard temperature indicator starts to rise or a malfunction indicator light comes on, here’s how to help your vehicle regain its cool:
The first sign of a vehicle overheating is either when the needle on the temperature gauge pushes its way into the ominous red zone or the “Check Engine” or “Temperature” malfunction indicator light on the dashboard casts a sinister glow. Left alone, the liquid in the radiator eventually boils over, and steam rolls out from under the hood.
The basic difference between a diesel engine and a gasoline engine is that in a diesel engine, the fuel is sprayed into the combustion chambers through fuel injector nozzles just when the air in each chamber has been placed under such great pressure that it’s hot enough to ignite the fuel spontaneously.
The main problem with a diesel engine is - getting it to start. The problem is compounded if
a. The engine happens to be an indirect injection model
b. The temperature is near or below freezing point
c. The engine is to be started with fuel other than diesel.
Regular maintenance is absolutely imperative if you want a diesel engine o last, and every diesel owner will probably encounter some pitfalls and problems. Although diesel engines require no ignition tune-ups and tend to last longer without major repairs than gasoline engines, they do require regular low-cost maintenance, mostly in the form of frequent oil and filter changes. The urea injection systems that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions also need refilling, which is usually done as part of regularly scheduled maintenance.
Learn how to do transmission maintenance and it will pay dividends in hundred folds!
One of the most feared activity in your vehicle is how to maintain your transmission. And considering the complexity of these components, nobody can blame you if you are one of the culprits. Everybody seems to know what an engine is and where it is located but if one wants to see a transmission; it seems almost no one can figure it out. To make it easy for you, any component behind the engine is your transmission.
A diesel oil change is a regular part of the maintenance required of your diesel vehicle. Just like a car or truck that runs on gas, diesel engines require the proper lubrication to keep them in good working order.