How Idle Time Can Impact Your Engine Maintenance Intervals

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April 30, 2013 by Minuteman Trucks

The 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel uses compressed engine oil to actuate the fuel injectors and deliver fuel into the combustion chamber. In order to achieve the desired fuel pressure, the engine oil is repeatedly compressed to levels above 3,000
pounds per square inch (psi).

This process of oil compression takes place during all duty cycles of engine operation. Meaning whether the vehicle is towing a heavy load or idling at a job sight, the oil is being compressed repeatedly.

Therefore, at idle, the oil becomes fatigued although the vehicle’s odometer reading remains unchanged, making maintenance intervals based simply on miles driven inadequate.

Why is this important?
To ensure proper fuel injector performance and durability the engine must be maintained properly. Extended oil change intervals may cause injector damage that may lead to reduced performance, reduced durability and possibly component failure.

Click here to find out what you can do to insure you are following the correct maintenance intervals.


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