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3 Winter Tips To Keep Your Diesel Engine Running Smoothly In Frigid Temps

For many people, their cars are like their children. And just like with children, you need to keep them safe when the weather turns cold and the snow starts to fall. Though your diesel vehicle may not suffer from frostbite, there are a number of weather-related damage that could occur if you don’t prepare for it ahead time. We may be in the thick of this frigid season, but it’s never too late to take the proper precautions to safeguard the health of your diesel engine. Here are three ways to do just that.

  • Test your batteries: Just like any other car, testing your batteries to make sure they can handle the added strain of colder temperatures can ensure you don’t get stranded. The average car battery lasts between two and five years; if yours is getting on in age (or you can’t remember how long you’ve had it) testing it is the best way to see if it’ll make it through winter.
  • Use an anti-gel additive: Diesel fuel systems are a vital component of your vehicle. In severe cold, diesel fuel can reach its cloud point (the measure of diesel’s low-temperature operability) and begin to thicken and gel up. Most diesel fuels do this between 20 and -18 degrees Fahrenheit. By including a fuel additive in the winter, you can prevent your fuel from gelling up.
  • Change your diesel fuel filters: Diesel fuel filters are the most common freeze point for diesel fuel. Because only a minimal amount of diesel remains in the filter while your vehicle sits in subzero temperatures overnight, it freezes much easier and much faster than it would in the tank. Swapping out your old filter for a new one can reduce your chances of gelling — you don’t know if your current filter is partially clogged, which makes gelling more likely.

There may be 50 different kinds of diesel engines, but all of them will benefit from the above winter weather maintenance. Even if you consider your vehicle to be nothing more than a way to get from Point A to Point B, prepping your engine for subzero temperatures is still a wise decision; if you don’t dedicate the time to your diesel fuel lift pump and battery, you might end up going nowhere fast.

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Funky Fuel Pumps: Upgrading Your System With Performance Injectors

If you’re one of the people who treat their vehicle like their child, you understand the importance of quality. When it comes to efficiency, diesel is as high-quality as you can get: the diesel engine rates number one for most efficient internal combustion and can run you between 400 and 800 miles on a single tank.

While your diesel vehicle is already doing great, sometimes we feel the call of the wild — an urge to really ramp up the speed and power and feel that engine rumble. Upgrading your fuel system is one of the easiest ways to do just that.

Parts Of A Whole

Diesel fuel systems are comprised of several components: the tank, which of course holds the diesel fuel; the fuel air separation system, which does exactly what it says on the tin; the diesel fuel lift pump, which is responsible for pulling fuel from the tank to the injector; and then the injector, which injects the fuel into the engine’s internal combustion chamber. Diesel fuel pumps play a major role, but investing in performance fuel injectors first can maximize your vehicle’s fuel delivery and atomization.

Depending on your vehicle, you have a variety of different types of performance fuel injectors to choose from. However, we recommend you choose a provider that can ensure a custom fit; these injectors are created and designed for your make and model, ensuring and original equipment (OE) fit. While doing your research, look out for companies that rigorously test for leaks, precise pressure, and spray pattern consistency — it shows that they’re as dedicated to your satisfaction as you are.

Once you select an injector that works with your system, you may want to look into upgrading your diesel fuel pumps to get even more power. High-flow diesel fuel pumps ensure optimal fuel flow to increase horsepower, torque, and throttle response.

It can be quite astonishing how a few simple changes can turn a boring diesel car or truck into a powerful beast. The amount of power you want (and money you’re willing to spend) dictates what performance fuel injector and fuel pump system you end up with. So, what are you waiting for? Go show that road whose boss!