If you're trying to optimize the performance of your new diesel truck, you might wonder what kinds of upgrades would really help. When it comes to performance enhancement, one of the best things you can do is to improve the power in the engine. There are many changes that you can make to the engine to enhance its power and improve overall performance. Here are a few great modifications for giving your diesel engine a power boost.
Upgrading the Engine Regulation Chip
Newer models of diesel engines rely on a regulation chip to evaluate incoming information and control most of the responses from the engine. Since the chip controls so much of the engine's performance, it's a great place to start when you're looking to improve performance or increase power output. Supercharged or turbocharged chips will give your engine a boost in horsepower, improving the general power output.
For older engines that don't already have a control chip, you can usually add one by soldering it in place. If you're not experienced with this kind of work, you'll want to talk with a diesel mechanic who can do it for you. That ensures that the chip is installed and programmed properly.
If your truck's engine is already equipped with a chip, you should be able to "flash" or reprogram it. To do this, you'll plug a control module into the truck's computer port. That control module will upgrade the chip's firmware. While you can do it yourself if you have the control module, it's often easiest to have a performance shop help you so that you can be confident that the programming is correct. Otherwise, you might risk poor fuel mileage in exchange for that increased power.
Keeping the Diesel Fuel Clean
In order for your engine to make the most of the diesel fuel, that fuel needs to be clean. Any particles, contaminants or other items in the fuel can not only clog the injectors but can damage the fuel system and interfere with proper combustion. In addition, a clogged or dirty fuel filter won't allow fuel to pass through at the same rate as a clean one, which may restrict the fuel that reaches the combustion chamber, robbing your truck of sufficient combustion and the power that goes with it. Keep your fuel filter clean by replacing it after every couple hundred hours of use. This is a good general guideline, but your diesel mechanic can tell you if it should be more or less often for your specific engine.
Enhancing The Fuel Injection System
In addition to keeping your fuel filter optimized, you'll also want to make the most of the fuel injection system. You can enhance the fuel flow by upgrading your fuel injectors to ones with wider nozzles or larger injection lines. Since diesel engines will work well with a variable air to fuel ratio, you might find that your engine does best with a richer mix, which means more fuel than air.
Maximizing The Air Intake
No matter what changes you're making to the fuel and air ratio, you need to be sure that the air is as clean as possible. If you want to make sure that your truck is getting sufficient clean air for combustion, invest in a larger air filter and air intake system. That way, you get plenty of air in the system, and you ensure that the air is clean. Check the filter regularly, though, because a dirty air filter is going to hinder flow, too.
There are many different choices for improving the performance of your truck. If you're looking for ways to get started, these ideas are just that. Talk with your local diesel mechanic, such as those at Williams Oil Filter Service Co., today to see what other options there are for you to boost the performance and response of your diesel engine without damaging it.