If you've chosen to go against the grain and opt for a diesel powered engine, you're not alone. More and more drivers are making the switch from gasoline to diesel. These drivers are, however still the minority. Only 1.5% of light-duty heavy vehicles purchased in 2014 were diesel-powered. To put that into perspective, for every 100 trucks sold in the U.S, only 10 contain a diesel engine under the hood.
There are pros and cons to both gasoline and diesel, but if you're looking for stellar performance for your heavy-duty vehicle, make the switch to diesel if you haven't already. After all, diesel engines have better fuel economy, greater torque, and last longer when properly maintained. By looking into what diesel turbo upgrade kits can do for your truck, to keeping up with common care for your engine, here's how to get the most out of your diesel powered vehicle.
Diesel Turbo Upgrade Kits For Your Engine
If you want to kick things up a notch on the road, consider upgrading your engines turbo. Diesel turbo upgrade kits can give you that extra bit of power you're missing out on. They work by boosting the air pressure in your intake, therefore increasing your vehicle's horsepower. The bottom line is, investing in a kit will give you everything you need to convert your engine to an even stronger powerhouse. From off-roading to towing even heavier loads, your options will be limitless. Check out our drop-in turbo upgrades for the easiest installs and gains.
Make Oil Changes and Fuel Filter Changes a Good Habit
Just like your standard gasoline car, a vehicle using diesel also requires oil changes often to keep it running in tip-top shape. No matter the brand, whether it be Shell Rotella T 15w40 or Schaeffer’s 15w40… oil is oil, and in reality it all breaks down the same. This being said, certain oils are better for your engines reliability and performance though. There truly is no comparison between Shell and Schaeffer’s when it comes to reliability and performance. Schaeffer’s oil is a high quality product but also costs more. This is where the old saying comes in, “you pay for what you get,” and in the long term this can effect major engine components which could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. ZZ Diesel recommends your oil and oil filter to be changed every 5,000 miles no matter what oil you run, as well as changing your fuel filter(s) every 10,000 miles. (or every other oil change to make it simple)
Fuel Additives For Diesel Engines
Fuel additives can save you money but also enhance your truck's overall performance and power by dispersing water and increasing cetane levels in your diesel fuel. Compatibility shouldn't be an issue since diesel fuel additives are formulated to work with any diesel engine and also help improve lubricity. Purchasing an additive is a small investment, a bottle will typically run you about thirty dollars while treating 400 gallons of diesel fuel, but it is worth it to protect your engine and fuel from the harmful effects of water condensation which in long term wear out injectors and injection pumps causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to your engine. Water is the number one issue for truck drivers and can cause damage to your engine year-round, so do what you can to avoid it altogether. Rev-X fuel additive or Stanadyne are both good fuel additives that we recommend and sell. To provide the best filtration and water disbursement for your diesel engine, check out our AirDog and Fass fuel systems to increase your engines performance and longevity which separate water from diesel fuel through a filtration process.