Winter is coming, and it can be challenging to keep your diesel car in top shape when it does. That’s why we are here to help! The Gem State Diesel team has compiled a list of tips on how you can prepare your diesel vehicle for the winter season:
Check the electronic engine management system of the car.
If your car is a diesel and has an electronic engine management system, it’s essential to check the system for any problems before the cold weather hits. The following are some problems that could occur in this system:
- The vehicle’s battery may not charge properly because of bad connections or corroded cables.
- The car may experience an electrical short if loose connectors or wires are under the hood. This can cause a fire hazard or affect how much power is delivered through the ignition circuit of your vehicle’s electronic fuel injection system (EFI).
If you notice any issues with your vehicle’s EFI, make sure to take it in for analysis as soon as possible so that technicians can repair them quickly.
Have the battery checked and serviced if necessary.
Your battery is the heart of your car. It’s what keeps your engine running and starts it when you turn the key. As such, it should be checked at least once a year by an expert mechanic to ensure that everything is working correctly. Suppose you have been keeping up with maintenance. In that case, you may be able to check the condition yourself using a voltmeter or hydrometer—two simple tools that can determine whether or not your battery needs to be replaced.
If your car has more than four years on its odometer, it’s time for a new battery. A good rule of thumb is: get rid of it if it’s older than four years old! You could also try having some fun while testing out different brands and types of batteries; we recommend performing this task during daylight hours not to waste any energy left over from last night’s party!
The tires, wheels, and suspension require special attention.
You should check your tire pressure, tread depth, and cracks or leaks. Tire pressure should be checked weekly, but if you have a newer car with built-in sensors, it’s best to check when the light comes on. The tire pressure sensor will tell you if there is a problem with one of the tires, and that’s always good to know before driving on them! Check for tread depth by using a penny; if Abe Lincoln’s head is visible, it’s time for new tires! Use an alignment tool (like this one) to ensure that the wheels are centered correctly in line with each other. If they aren’t aligned, then extra wear and tear can occur, which means more frequent replacement of parts due to damage from wear & tear caused by improper alignment of tires against their rims/rims against chassis parts such as hub assemblies.
Replace the air filter if required.
You should also be sure to replace the air filter if required. Air filters are critical because they clean and purify the air sucked into the engine. Over time, a car’s air filter can become clogged with dirt and dust from the road. This reduces its ability to properly filter out contaminants from your vehicle’s combustion chambers, leading to reduced fuel economy, poor acceleration, and power loss. In addition, a clogged air filter may even cause damage to other major engine components, such as pistons or valves, if contaminants get past it during the engine’s operation!
Therefore it is important for you as a driver who cares about your vehicle’s performance (and wants them running smoothly) to check your car’s air filter regularly for signs of wear or damage. So that when one does show up; replacement can happen before anything worse happens than just not being able to go all out when accelerating or passing someone else on the highway!
Winter is an excellent time to get your car checked out and ready for challenging weather.
Winter is an excellent time to get your car checked out and ready for challenging weather. Winter is the most challenging time for diesel cars, so winter is ideal for getting your vehicle checked out. Winter brings cold temperatures and snow, which can cause fuel lines to freeze or crack if they’re not adequately protected from the elements. You’ll want to ensure that you have enough fuel in the tank and keep it warm in case of emergency heating needs later on down the road!
You’ll also want to ensure that safety features such as anti-lock brakes (ABS) are working correctly before hitting dangerous roads with tons of ice on them. Otherwise, you could lose control of your vehicle quickly due to slippery surfaces or wet conditions caused by rain showers throughout the autumn months before year’s end (fall).
Gem State Diesel is always here to help you with all things diesel repair you need.
If you own a diesel car and live in the Gem State, we’re here for you. With years of experience in all things diesel, our expert mechanics are ready to take on all customers who bring in their Ford Powerstroke, Dodge Cummins, or GMC Duramax engines.
Whether it’s an oil change or some engine repair that needs to be done on your vehicle, feel free to bring it into our shop at any time! We offer full-service mechanic work for anyone who drives a diesel-powered vehicle and wants their car treated like it’s one of their own cars. Our ASE Certified Mechanics are also here for you if anything comes up after hours or on weekends–so don’t hesitate!
With these easy tips, you can prepare your diesel car for winter. If you have any questions, give us a call at Gem State Diesel! We’ll be happy to assist you with any diesel repair needs.