As you probably already know, diesel engines get

better fuel economy than gas, simply because they

don’t need to burn as much fuel as gasoline engines

to get the same amount of power. Diesel engines

are built heavier than gas engines, to help sustain

the added stress of the much higher compression


Diesel engines don’t have an ignition system either,

so you’ll never have to tune them up. The exhaust

systems will last longer as well, as the exhaust

on a diesel isn’t as corrosive as an exhaust on a

gasoline engine.

With diesel engines, it isn’t unusual to see them

with 400,000 or even 500,000 miles. There are some

out there that have even went beyond 600,000 miles!

When it comes to maintenance, 3,000 mile oil changes

are a must. Diesel fuel isn’t as refined as gas,

so the oil will get dirtier faster. You should

also replace the air and fuel filters at least

once a year.

If you live in a colder climate, you’ll need to

switch to a winter blend of fuel to prevent fuel

gelling. There are several additives that you can

put in the fuel as well, to help prevent your fuel

from getting gel.

It’s also recommended that you replace the glow

plugs every two years. If the temperature drops

below 10 degrees, a block heater is something you

should have. This will ensure starting in cold

weather, especially with the heavy grade of oil

that a diesel engine requires.

If you take care of your diesel vehicle, you can

count on it to be around for years to come. Unlike

gas vehicles, diesel engines are built for the

long haul, and will last you for miles and miles

if you take care of them.

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