When installing a new or reconditioned engine, follow these steps to ensure the longest possible service from you truck engine:
- Check that the radiator is clean and does not leak.
- Check the intercooler and make sure it is clean and does not leak.
- Fit a new water pump.
- Fit a new thermostat.
- Check the injectors.
- Inspect all the engine hoses and replace those that look worn or near the end of their operational life.
- Replace all the relevant filters. This includes the air, coolant, fuel, oil and water trap filters.
- Fill all the fluids to the correct levels and adjust fluid levels as required.
- Fill the engine with the correct oil that is in line with the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Fill the radiator with the correct specification anti-freeze liquid with the necessary 50% mixture.
- Replace the V-belts.
- Check the condition of the viscous fan.
- Make sure that all the engine mounts are in a good, working condition.
- Before connecting the fuel line, crank the engine to ensure that there is oil pressure.
- Start the engine only after all the parts have been correctly fitted and mounted.
- Bring the engine up to a working temperature and then check all the fluid levels as an indicator of possible leaks. At this stage, also listen out for any funny noises in the engine.
- Check the engine for water and oil leaks.
- Take the vehicle on a short test drive and check again for fluid levels and possible leaks.
After installing your engine, make sure not to over-stress it for the next 10 000km.