Diesel Smoke tells YOU a Story…

Diesel Smoke tells YOU a Story Diesel smoke (like blowby and oil use) is a worrying engine symptom which indicates that an engine is not running well, and its service life is likely to be shortened considerably, unless remedial action is taken. Basically, smoke from a diesel engine indicates that something is...

How to fix a Diesel that’s hard to Start Cold?

Cold weather starting becomes increasingly more difficult as engine deposits build up over time. Types of operation, such as excessive idling, short run time, light work and city type driving, all contribute to deposit formation which can result in poor cold start. All these operating conditions do not allow efficient...

Engine Sludge…Act quickly, or it’ll kill your engine.

Engine Sludge...Act quickly! Or it'll kill your engine! "Engine sludge is on the top of the agenda again..."  Engine sludge affects both petrol and diesel engines, and is surprisingly common. Engine Sludge is a gooey, tarlike deposit that reduces or shuts off oil circulation and can mean thousands of dollars to...

Engine Blowby problems, most don’t need a rebuild!

Engine Blowby problems or Cylinder “Blow-by” (excessive crankcase pressure) is a common and worrying problem encountered by most truckies at some stage in their career. Concern is certainly justified, as it typically means an expensive engine rebuild is necessary, and this is usually recommended by mechanics and dealers. But, according to...

Nissan Patrol & Landcruiser Overheating Problems

Time and time again, we are contacted by customers who have overheating problems with their diesel engines that they cannot rectify. Many have spent $3000 to $4000 on big core radiators, new water pumps, thermostats, fan hubs, chemical cleaning and more, yet have not fixed the problem. The typical pattern is that...

Cost savings boost coal production

According to the laws of physics, power is the rate of performing work. When applied to a diesel powered coal mining fleet, an increase in power results in an increase in production. Of course, a production drive is a little more complicated, but never-the-less, more power is one method of...

Cost Reductions in Driveline Maintenance

The key to this is minimizing operational stresses within gearboxes, differentials, planetaries, etc, since the less stress and loadings placed on each individual part within components, the longer everything lasts.   In this article, driveline maintenance and lubrication enhancements will be discussed. Stress reduction will require a lowering of the coefficient of...

Additives for Managing Common Rail Diesel Emission Control Equipment

Common Rail Diesel engines were introduced to meet the need for more stringent exhaust emission requirements. Fuel pumps, injectors, EGR valves, catalytic convertors and diesel particulate filters are all integral parts of the emission control system. Most of the problems encountered can be corrected and controlled with the correct use of...