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Your Summer Diesel Engine Checklist

Summer is officially here, which means the oppressive heat is as well. You know what to do to keep yourself cool, but what about your engine? You might want to check your diesel engine’s essential components to ensure it can handle long trips and highway driving. You can consult with your local mechanic and our experts at Bob & Ron’s Repair Service to perform any necessary repairs. If you don’t take certain precautions now, you could end up stranded on the side of the road and have to call our towing service for help.

Check Your Oil

The most important thing you need to check for your engine is the oil, which helps lubricate the engine’s moving parts and regulate the friction and overall temperature. The new oil level must always be adequate to help your engine run as efficiently as possible. During the summer, oil is less viscous because of the higher temperatures, which makes it even more imperative to have your oil inspected and changed by a professional before the summer season hits.

Check Your Coolant

Coolant is another important fluid in your vehicle because it is the main substance that keeps your car’s radiator cool enough to function properly during high heat levels. Your engine can get very hot during the summer, which makes it important to check your coolant before the hottest season. If your coolant hasn’t been replaced for a while, it could become unbalanced and damage the radiator and other vital cooling components. Make an appointment with an expert to examine the level and strength of the coolant to determine if it’s adequate or needs to be changed. You don’t want the radiator to fail and leave you stranded in the summer sun. We offer towing services and 24/7 roadside assistance, but we’d rather our customers not need them.

Check Your Radiator

In addition to checking the coolant, you should thoroughly examine the radiator. Have a professional check to see if it is leaking coolant or the hose has become clogged or faulty. This simple step could help prevent your engine from overheating. You don’t want to neglect this checklist because you could avoid causing serious damage to your car, resulting in serious repair bills. If you have questions about the radiator, thermostat, or any other component in your vehicle, consult with our experts at Bob & Ron’s Repair Service Inc. in Central IL, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Check Your Air Filters

You may not immediately think of it, but cleaning or replacing your air filters can take a considerable amount of pressure off your diesel engine and allow it to perform better. If the air filters become clogged with dirt and debris, they will have to work harder, which could result in your engine working harder and overheating. Replacing your air filters with new, clean ones will improve your fuel efficiency and relieve your engine of the pressure to over-perform, allowing it to stay at a reasonable temperature and function properly. This is a simple fix, but if you have any questions about properly maintaining and caring for your diesel engine, please call us at 217.877.4794.

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