Temperature and pressure control are key to keeping your engine and diesel fuel injection system functioning properly. If you’re already using a diesel fuel injection system, then you likely know that injection pressures of 30,000 psi create a fine mist of fuel and more efficient burning. However, this system can be compromised when temperature rises too high. And when your diesel truck is overheating, the root cause may not be immediately obvious.
But with the right information, a sharp eye, and a visit to the mechanic, you can diagnose your engine issue and get back on the road. The following are just some of the common causes of an overheated engine.
- Coolant Leaks: Coolant loss usually means that there are cracks or general damage in your vehicle’s gasket. If you notice a low coolant level or an excess of bubbles in the fluid, this is a sign that something is wrong. Get your truck to a professional to address the issue.
- Broken Cooling Fan: When your cooling fan breaks, the engine will heat up too much. This issue may warrant a replacement of the entire fan, but repair may also do the trick. Cooling fans sometimes break due to an electrical issue, so some wire fixes may also solve the issue.
- Clogged Diesel Injectors: If your injection system is having trouble releasing fuel, the engine may have to work too hard to compensate. This can cause it to overheat. Make sure that you are checking your injections for clogs or leaks to keep everything running smoothly. Also, make sure you have the necessary tools to solve the problem. For instance, if you’re working with Duramax injectors, have a Duramax injector rebuild kit on hand just in case.
- Thermostat Faults: Your engines sensors may also be faulty, making it difficult to regulate the entire system. So, if the thermostat cannot even tell that the engine is running too hot, it won’t be able to trigger cooling systems.
- Collapsed Radiator Hose: Broken or collapsed hoses also cause overheating,
since fluid cannot get to or from the engine without leaking. A mechanic will be able to easily spot this problem and can install a new hose for you.
By having the right tools on hand, such as a Duramax injector rebuild kit, you can solve small engine and fuel injection issues at home. Otherwise, you should always consult a mechanic before performing larger repairs. If you do, major issues like overheating can be easily solved.