Tips from Truck Centers Inc.
Maintain peak performance and dependability as the temperature drops. Here are a few basic guidelines to help you winterize your truck.
Diesel fuel contains parafin that causes fuel to gel as it cools and that leads to engine malfunctions. Check the fuel’s cetane rating at the pump – the higher the number, the easier your truck will start in the cold winter months. Also, anti-gel additives during each fill up will boost engine performance.
Fuel Filter & Water Separator
Fuel contaminants including condensation shorten the service life of your engine and lead to costly repairs. To minimize risk, check your water separator daily and invest in a new fuel filter.
Visit your local Truck Centers’ store for a comprehensive winterization check including inspection of the cooling system – radiator, hoses & belts – to check for issues that may worsen in cold temperatures and lead to engine damage. Additionally, coolant tests will make sure your coolant is at the optimum freeze point.
Diesel engines are harder to start in cold weather than gasoline-powered vehicles because of their need for higher cylinder temperatures. Consider investing in electric-powered block heaters such as those offered in this flyer to keep your engine warm overnight and minimize large fluctuations in engine temperature.
The air dryer collects and removes air contaminants before they enter the brake system to prevent water freezing in the lines and causing brakes to become inoperable. TCI Service Departments are offering winterization specials and can schedule your truck for an air dryer inspection or filter change in preparation for icy roads.
Cold temperatures drain batteries faster so it is important to check the age and life-cycle of your battery before winter. TCI Parts Departments maintain a large inventory of Continental Batteries for Heavy-Duty and Xtreme-Duty applications with superior cold-cranking ability.
Visit the Pros at TCI
Preventative maintenance maximizes performance and minimizes costly downtime. If you will be heading into colder climates during winter months, prevent problems from arising and schedule a comprehensive winterization service at any of our dealerships.