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Diesel Transmission Fluid 101

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Much like a regular gas engine, diesels use a transmission system to transfer the power generated by the engine to rotate the vehicle's wheels and move it forward. Transmissions, often referred to as 'trannies,' generally vary between manual and automatic operation. The former requires the driver to manipulate a clutch system to switch the vehicle into a different gear, and the latter automatically performs all of the gear functions. Both systems have pros and cons, depending on your driving preferences. While an automatic tranny offers convenience, higher clutch life expectancy, and integrated brake and exhaust features, it also represents a...

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5 Diesel Parts Your Company Fleet Should Always Have on Hand

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Now that winter has begun, it's more critical than ever to keep your trucks running despite the weather. Unfortunately, all that beautiful snow and ice can wreak havoc on your diesel engines, resulting in hard starts, gelled fuel, clogged fuel pumps, cracked belts, and dirty air filters. Coupled with ongoing parts supply shortages and inflationary repair costs, you could be looking at lengthy delays and high price tags when something goes wrong with one or more of your trucks. And stalled vehicles translate into delayed deliveries and lost sales. So how do you keep your fleet on the road? As...

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Guide to Cylinder Heads

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If you own a vehicle, you have heard of the cylinder head. It’s that big, cast-iron or aluminum thing that sits atop your engine and does … well, it’s important, you know that much. We understand a fair number of our customers aren’t diesel experts or ‘gear heads’ who know their car or truck inside and out. Many of you simply want to figure out what’s broken and how to fix it. You’ve come to the right place. Today we’re talking about cylinder heads and their critical role in your engine setup. A cylinder head is a solid, immobile component...

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Will a diesel start without glow plugs? Can you explain how your engine will work without them?

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Diesel glow plugs work to heat up the air/fuel mixture before it reaches your combustion chamber, making them especially handy when trying to start a cold engine in frigid temperatures. But are they always necessary? Read on to see what our diesel aficionados had to say about that: Tom Monson Tom Monson, Owner of Monson Lawn & Landscaping. Crank the Engine a Few Times to Build Up Compression Yes, a diesel engine can start without glow plugs. The engine will still need to be cranked over a few times in order to build up enough compression to start the engine....

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Our Dependence on Diesel: It’s That’s Not a Bad Thing

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Contrary to what you might think, diesel engines power quite a few things other than cars and trucks. In fact, you can find diesel-powered machinery just about everywhere, from mining to marine craft. That’s good because diesel is a robust and reliable fuel source. Although electric vehicles and alternatively-fueled mechanisms are all the buzz, our power grids are stretched thin, and finding the raw materials to make specialized batteries is becoming increasingly difficult. Wind and solar power aren’t as consistently reliable as diesel, either. Not Your Grandpa’s Diesel But aren’t we trying to move away from fossil fuels, you ask?...

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