December 15, 2018

How Often Should I Service My Diesel?

How Often Should I Service My Diesel?

One of the most important things that diesel owners need to understand, is that the proper maintenance is absolutely necessary for optimal performance and life. The following post will answer the question, “How Often Should I Bring My Diesel in for Maintenance?” Before we begin you must know that above all, you are urged to follow all your manufacturer’s recommendations. Keep in mind that your driving habits, todays road conditions, driving distance and weather conditions can vary. Please use the following information as a good basis for maintenance and know that we do not assume any liability for your specific vehicle maintenance.

The following service intervals are recommended to keep your repair expenses down and your diesel in optimal performance condition.

how often should i service my diesel

Every 3,000 miles or 90 days

  • Change oil and filter
  • Lubricate chassis
  • Check fluids
  • Check tire pressure
  • Check all belts and hoses

how often should i service my diesel

Every 10,000 miles or Annually

  • Diagnostic check
  • DIESEL: Change fuel filter every 10,000 miles or every 3rd oil change
  • Change oil and filter
  • Lubricate chassis
  • Check air filter
  • Check brakes and wheel bearings
  • Check all belts and hoses
  • Inspect cooling system hoses, check fluids for cleanliness and proper pH ie: steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid.
  • Look over vehicle for leaks and other problems
  • Rotate tires

how often should i service my diesel

Every 20,000 miles or 2 years

  • Same as 10,000 mile and multi-point inspection plus:
  • Flush brake fluid to remove contamination from normal wear and tear
  • Flush cooling system
  • Replace automatic transmission fluid; change filters
  • Service differentia
  • DODGE – Adjust transmission bands

Every 30,000 miles or 3 years

  • Same as 10,000 mile and multi-point inspection plus:
  • DODGE CUMMINS (‘89-’98) 12-valve (every 30,000 miles)
  • Adjust valves
  • Flush power steering fluid



Continuing “How Often Should I Service My Diesel?”

Every 50,000 miles or 5 years

  • Same as 10,000 mile and multi-point inspection plus:
  • Replace oil in manual transmission
  • Replace oil in differentials and transfer case

Every 60,000 miles or 6 years

  • Same as 10,000 mile or annual tune-up and inspection

Every 100,000 miles

  • DODGE CUMMINS 24-VALVE (‘98.5-2003)
  • Adjust valves

Alignment, Steering, and Suspension Inspection every 6 months, or 6,000 miles.

For more information on “How Often Should I Service My Diesel”, please go to www.carecare.org to see your specific recommendations. Please also refer to your Manufacturer Recommendations.

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  1. Finn

    Often people take the truck to the extreme before thinking about servicing. We should not wait till you hear a crack or feel a drag before service. Timely service is must for any vehicles. Good job pointing out the miles we’ll need to service the diesel truck. It’s very informative. Usually I’d have crossed the miles before It’s time to take it to my service center. It’s already time for next servicing.

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