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10 Tricks to be Fuel Efficient with Your Diesel

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With gas prices creeping upwards every day, it's natural to want to get the biggest bang for your buck in your diesel-powered vehicle. Here are a few tips to help you achieve maximum fuel efficiency while driving. 1. Use Cruise Control. Letting your vehicle maintain one speed instead of allowing it to fluctuate between higher and lower speeds actually makes your vehicle more efficient. If you are constantly recalibrating your speeds and driving inconsistently, you are wasting gas. The only exceptions to this rule would be if you were driving on rolling hills or in stop-and-go traffic. In those situations,...

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A Quick Guide to Replacing a Turbocharger

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If your turbocharger is dying and you have some extra time to save some money and tackle the project yourself, you have come to the right place. This guide can help you understand why your turbocharger may be failing and then walk you through the steps to replace your faulty turbocharger with a new one. Read through all the steps before you dive in to make sure you have all necessary parts and understand what you’ll be doing. Main Causes of Turbocharger Failure Before you start loosening the bolts on your turbocharger, you will want to make sure you understand...

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How to Run Dry and Wet Compression Tests

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If your diesel engine has not been providing adequate power lately, you may want to consider running a compression test. A compression test will help you determine the condition of your valves, cylinders, and rings, and it can be completed by following some simple steps. Tips Before You Test Before beginning to run a compression test on your engine, you will want to take note of these tips: To run the test you will need to remove the spark plugs. Spark plugs are commonly made of aluminum. Because of this, they are susceptible to thread damage if they are removed...

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Seven Cold Weather Tips for Your Diesel Engine

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Have your fingers ever been so cold you can't seem to move them? They might still wiggle, but they move with less accuracy and much more slowly than when they are warmed up and pumped full of blood. Your diesel engine is just like your fingers. In extremely cold temperatures, it may take a little bit of time and work to get your engine up and running to its fullest capacity. Modern diesel engines are designed to be used at extreme temperatures, so owning a diesel engine while living in a climate that gets cold is not impossible. However, taking...

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How to Avoid Injection Pump Failure

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When you stop at a gas station to fill up your vehicle, that fuel goes into the fuel tank. But, for your vehicle to utilize the fuel you just put in there, it needs to be moved from the tank to the cylinders in the engine, where air and fuel are mixed and internal combustion occurs to create the power to move your vehicle. How does the fuel get from the tank to the cylinder? The diesel fuel injection pump, or diesel fuel pump, is responsible for transporting the fuel to your engine. This pump is critical to the proper...

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