Some Handy Tips for DIY Diesel Maintenance

With a tsunami of used military vehicles returning to the U.S., diesel-powered motors are riding on a new wave of popularity and opportunity. So, if you work in law enforcement, public safety, disaster management, or any number of related fields, it’s a good bet that you’ll find yourself being called on to perform some basic maintenance procedures on a diesel engine in the near future. (Happily, this will not include electrical system tune-ups, because diesels don’t have parts like spark plugs.) Here are a few basics to remember.

Checking on Gaskets. You’ll have to keep an eye on the status of diesel engine gaskets, because they are subject to a lot of vibrational stress. To prevent leaks, tighten the mounting bolts on a regular basis. And when dealing with a leaky gasket, try to replace the gaskets as a set. If one is leaking, the others won’t be far behind.
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Overview of (Mil-Spec) Mil-T-46786B – General Requirements for Tanks, Fuel, Engine

Overview of (Mil-Spec) Mil-T-46786B – General Requirements for Tanks, Fuel, EngineThe United States military has some very strict guidelines for the equipment it operates. That level of attention applies, of course, to the fuel tanks of its motor vehicles, including diesel fuel tanks. Here’s an overview of one of the military specifications that guide the production of diesel fuel tanks for the U.S. armed forces, “General Requirements for Tanks, Fuel, Engine” (or MIL-T-46786).

Created by the Defense Logistics Agency, MIL-T-46786 covers the baseline specifications for Industrial, Construction, Automotive, and Combat motor fuel tanks.
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