Diesel powered vehicles have long been popular in the commercial trucking industry because of increased towing/hauling capacities and fuel range efficiencies compared to the traditional gasoline engine. During the fuel crisis in the 1970s, many automakers started to explore diesel alternatives for general auto buyer consumers.
Over the past four decades, we have seen many different makes and models of diesel brand vehicles. Today, with improvements to technologies and electrical systems, diesel engines are still a popular choice, especially within the full-sized-truck vehicle segment.
Unlike regular gasoline-powered vehicles, diesel engines are much more complex. They do not rely on spark plugs and other such parts and components for their operation. It is these differences which can make diesel-powered trucks and vehicles much more reliable and last much longer.
However, to ensure diesel-powered Ram trucks continue to function correctly for numerous years, they do require regular diesel maintenance services. These services are similar to the types of maintenance you have done on gasoline-powered vehicles, with a few exceptions.
- 6 Months or 7,500 Miles: Change the oil and oil filter. Inspect the cooling system, cooling filter, and air filter. Replace these filters if necessary.
- 12 Months or 15,000 Miles: Perform all 6-month services, plus replace fuel filters and inspect the brake system, suspension system, and exhaust system.
- 18 Months or 22,500 Miles: Perform all 6-month
- 24 Months or 30,000 Miles: Perform all 12-month services, as well as inspect the transmission system and have the fluid and filter changed if required.
- 30 Months or 37,500 Miles: Perform all 6-month
- 36 Months or 45,000 Miles: Perform all 12-month
- 42 Months or 52,500 Miles: Perform all 6-month
- 48 Months or 60,000 Miles: Perform all 12-month services and have the transmission fluid and filter changed on both automatic and manual transmissions.
Keep in mind, the above service and maintenance schedule is just an example and may not be reflective of the one that is right for your truck and driving habits. For instance, if you drive in dusty and dry conditions or do a lot of stop-and-go driving in town, you may require more frequent service visits to keep your diesel-powered Ram functioning correctly.
Diesel Cooling Systems
One of the more common failures on diesel-powered vehicles is the cooling system will fail and the truck will overheat. Even though the driver is alerted to a potential cooling problem, they continue driving. The problem with this is that diesel engines operate at much higher heat levels than gasoline engines.
Continuing to drive can cause severe damages to the diesel engine that are not easily repaired. It is for this reason, if the cooling system warning ever alerts you to a problem, that you stop driving immediately and contact the nearest authorized Ram diesel service center.
If you need service on your diesel-powered Ram truck, please feel free to contact Community Chrysler’s Service Department at 765-342-5000 to schedule a service appointment today!