Never had a diesel, dont know anything about them, maintenance, up keep etc... can we start a thread from experienced guys for us newbies?? Im scared im going to forget I have a diesel and put reg gas in it!!
Shop a little more tenaciously for good diesel prices than you do gas. It's not unusual in my area for diesel prices to vary by 40cents/gal when gas prices vary only 10cents/gal.
Every month I tow to race tracks, mostly 4-8hrs away, but once or twice/yr I'll go to a really distant track. Before I go I hit websites that track fuel prices and then plan my fuel stop. With my current truck I can carry 58gal of diesel so we're talking >$200 to fill. With my ordered Ecodiesel I'll have a smaller aux tank so only 46gal. Getting an extra 10cents off per gallon by trying a little harder really doesn't save me a helova lot of money I suppose, but somehow the hobby is kinda addictive.
Do some reading on cetane additives. Not the marketing crap, go to a site with good info like bobistheoilguy (bitog). They make a pretty good case for adding cetane to your fuel. I prob do it only about 1/3rd of the time tho. I've been too lazy to come up with a container that both easily pours into the filler port and also won't leak the smelly stuff around the truck's bed.
Diesels can be cranky to start when it's really cold. Pun intended. Folks that live in the snowbelt have block heaters in their engine and plug them in (extension cord to AC power) or switch them on when it's particularly cold out. This would be something you'd do 15-120min prior to starting the truck. Where I live it rarely gets below freezing so I wouldn't bother. If it gets down really cold where you live, then it might be an issue.
Uh don't run the piss out of it until it's up to operating temp. Prolonged idle time will clog the DPF filters. After you've run the truck hard make sure to let it idle for a few minutes to cool the turbo. Regardless I always let mine idle for 30 seconds before shutting the truck off. Keeping filters changed is critical for the life of a diesel motor, throw some Diesel Kleen in every other tank to keep your injectors lubricated. Enjoy your truck!
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