Diesel Maintenance Tasks You Can Do Yourself

When it comes to maintaining your diesel engine, there is not much to be done. One of the main attractions of these vehicles, besides more towing power, is the fact that you only really need to change the filters and oil occasionally. It is always a good idea to look at your owner’s manual for specific recommendations or pick up a repair manual for the make and model of your truck from a parts store, but knowing the basics of these changings can save you the time and money of taking it to a shop.

Change the Air Filter

Changing your air filter can be as easy as taking off the cover, switching the old filter for a new one, and closing the cover up again. Some people will use compressed air to clean old filters, but you will want to inspect it after cleaning to ensure that there are no tears and the filtration material has not started breaking down. You can find new filters and whole filtration systems online where you purchase your other Cummins products, or from local vehicle parts shops.

Change the Oil

The best time to change the oil filter is after you have drained the old oil and before you put the new stuff in. Your owner’s or repair manuals will have manufacturer recommendations for the frequency, but a common standard is every three months or three thousand miles. You will usually need a tray to catch the draining oil, a new filter and enough new oil to fill the system, as well as the tools needed to loosen the oil pan. Remember to only use the type of oil your engine is designed for and to dispose of the used stuff at designated sites.

Your diesel truck needs relatively little maintenance with most of it simple enough to do it yourself. Changing the filters and oil needs to be done every couple of months, depending on how much you use the vehicle, and you can check your repair manual and owner’s manual for specifics on recommended parts, schedules and procedures.