Has the engine in your diesel truck been smoking a lot lately? There are a few different things that might be wrong, and it is important for a prompt inspection and repair to be made before you end up with flames and smoke. Below, find out about a few of the things that can lead to the engine in your diesel truck smoking.
The Radiator is Not in Good Shape
A bad radiator is the main thing that can lead to a diesel truck having a smoking engine. There is no way for the engine to remain cool if the radiator is unable to function like it should. For instance, the radiator must be in good enough shape to send coolant to the engine as you are driving the truck around. Radiator problems typically stem from there not being enough coolant in the truck, or due to the radiator being old. If you allowed the truck to go for long periods without coolant, it is possible that the radiator is rusty inside, which requires that a new one is installed.
The Engine is Receiving Contaminated Fluid
If the radiator is full of rust, it is possible that the rust is contaminating the coolant that is sent to the engine. When there is rust inside of coolant like pieces of metal, it can lead to engine parts not moving as freely as they should. The engine parts can possibly be rubbing together and creating large amounts of friction that is causing the engine to get excessively hot. It is also possible that contaminated transmission fluid is being sent to the engine from the torque converter. You must get the fluid levels and quality inspected by a mechanic as soon as you can in can.
You Need to Get the Engine Replaced
It is possible that you simply need to invest in a new engine for your diesel truck if you have had it for a long time. The engine might be overheating and smoking because it is dirty and rusty. If dirt is the only problem, a mechanic can possible clean it to bring it back to a functional condition. However, a lot of rust on the engine is not likely something that can be repaired. Getting a rusty engine repaired will depend on the amount of rust that it has. Take your diesel truck to a mechanic to see why the engine is overheating before it catches on fire!
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4 February 2016
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