4 Common Reasons to Need Diesel Engine Repair


4 Common Reasons to Need Diesel Engine RepairOn January 6, 1930 Clessie Cummins completed an 800 miles journey in the first diesel powered motorcar. Cummins, the owner of Cummins Engine Company had been hard at work enhancing the diesel engine, which was invented in 1896, and this trip proved that diesel engines were a viable power plant for more than just tractors, boats and locomotives. To this day diesel engines built by the likes of Cummins and other brands continues to be produced for light and heavy duty vehicles as well as many passenger cars because of their great fuel mileage and performance ability. However, that does not mean they are by any means invincible.

While there are many similarities between the operation of gasoline and diesel powered engines, there are differences. Within those difference reside some common issues that may result in a need for diesel engine repair.

Dying Batteries

Because diesel engines have a high compression ratio they place a greater load on the starter, which draws large amounts of amperage from the battery. This puts a lot of stress on the battery and makes them more likely to die because of elongated engine cranking, which could occur due to a poor connection or even cold weather.

Faulty Glow Plugs

Diesel engines use glow plugs to generate warm air which is then compressed with the diesel fuel to create the force to pump the pistons. Glow plugs use heating elements similar to those in toasters, and they can go bad, making it extremely difficult, or impossible to start your vehicle.

Loss of Power

The most common reasons for a loss of power within a diesel engine is related to fuel delivery issues. The main fuel filter, which is located within the fuel line between the fuel tank and the injectors, removes impurities from the fuel as well as water, which is collected in the fuel filter bowl. This bowl must be drained regularly in order to avoid hard starting or power struggles.

Incorrect Lubricants

Another common cause of hard starting, especially in the winter is the use of improper lubricant, aka, engine oil, within the motor. It is important to use the correct oil for each time of year, as the summer may call for a single-weight oil while in the winter a multi-weight oil will be necessary for proper engine function.

Diesel engines definitely have their perks, but they take special care. If you need diesel engine repair in Jackson, MI get in touch with Jimmie's Towing and Auto Service. We provide expert auto repair and maintenance for all gas and diesel vehicles, including big rigs. Give us a call at (517) 435-0314 on Michigan Avenue or (517) 435-0302 on Cooper Street to request professional auto repair in Jackson.


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