Components That Require Oil or Fluid
Your diesel engine has many moving components that must be lubricated at all times. This lubrication allows your components to move against one another without intense friction. If this lubrication fails to eradicate friction, your engine will get hotter than your coolant system can handle. Not to mention you’ll likely start to see metal shavings in your oil, which essentially means your engine’s components are grinding against each other.
Your engine coolant is another major fluid in your heavy-duty vehicle. Coolant is pushed through your engine block, where it then absorbs your engine’s heat. It then exits your block and enters your radiator, where the heat is dispersed. Like engine oil, your coolant will break down over time and lose its ability to absorb heat. Hence the need for routine coolant changes.
Your transmission is a series of gears that optimize your engine’s power. These gears need to be lubricated at all times in order to avoid complete transmission failure. Fortunately, your transmission fluid tends to last a lot longer than your engine oil because no internal combustion is happening within the transmission.
Your differential is very similar to your transmission in that it doesn’t need fluid changes very often and is essentially a group of moving gears. Rather than optimizing your engine’s power, your differentials are responsible for moving power from your driveshaft to your drive axles. Be sure to get this fluid change around the same time you change your transmission fluid.
If you have any questions, want a full list of components that require oil or fluid, or want to schedule an appointment, feel free to call us.