Maintenance of the fuel system includes cleaning the fuel tank cap/vent and making sure the cap is functioning and venting the way it should. Also looking out for water and sediment in the fuel, assessing the fuel filter, and draining the water as required. The no. 1 cause of fuel injection system failures is fuel contaminated with water. Continue reading
These are the dog days of summer. According to Wikipedia: the phrase dog days refers to the sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of summer are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August, which typically observe the hottest summer temperatures.
In any case we thought we’d share some Dos and Don’ts from our service team on how to prevent engine overheating.
- DO keep your grille and/or your radiator screen clear of all debris.
- DO check the fan belt tension as a loose belt will cause reduced air flow through the radiator.
- DO check the radiator itself. Look for a buildup of smaller particles between the fins of the radiator, which could block airflow. Use compressed air to blow out from the opposite direction as required.
- DO make sure there is 50/50 antifreeze mix as it will perform better than straight water or straight anti-freeze.
- DON’T use straight water in the cooling system as it will cause corrosion and deposit issues.
- DON’T overwork the engine. Choose the proper ground speed for the operation at hand.
No matter what the season, it’s always important to follow maintenance tips like these to keep your equipment out of the shop and in good working order.