Diesel Trucks

  • Benefits of Treating a Fuel System

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    Like anything else on your vehicle, keeping various systems clean and in good shape is essential to long life and reliability. Your fuel system is especially important - parts are expensive, problems can be difficult to diagnose, and it doesn’t take much contamination to cause a huge issue. It’s much easier to keep your fuel system clean than it is to clean a dirty or problematic system. Performing regular fuel treatment can prove very beneficial to the life of your vehicle.

  • Cleaning Your Fuel System

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    Obviously, your fuel delivery system is an extremely important aspect of the running condition of your truck. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, our expert team of mechanics can treat and clean your fuel delivery system, ensuring you get the most out of your fleet.

  • Coolant Leaks - What to Watch Out For, and How to Find Them

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    Coolant leaks can be a pain - they’re elusive and have a lot of damage potential. Fortunately, at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, our technicians know exactly how to diagnose and repair a coolant leak, no matter where it is. Knowing more about where these coolant leaks appear and why they're a problem will help you to recognize a problem and get it repaired before it does further damage.

  • Diesel - The Ideal Engine for Fleet Vehicles

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    If you own or operate a fleet or commercial truck, you’re probably pretty familiar with diesel vehicles. But why are diesel engines predominantly used in commercial vehicles, and where did they start?

  • Diesel Engines - Power Comes From Their Differences

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    On gas engines, the fuel delivery system is pretty simple - an electric pump draws gas from the tank, and pushes it to the injectors. Diesel systems are a little more complex. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we like to keep you informed about what’s on your truck, how it works, and how to maintain it, so you stay reliably on the road.

  • Diesel engines: the essentials

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    When you think about diesel engines, you probably think about large trucks and machinery, and maybe a few oddball cars over the years.  But how long has diesel really been around, and why is it used the way it is today? South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD has the answers you need to become more in-tune with your diesel truck and engine. 

  • Diesel Fuel Systems - How They Work, and How to Maintain Them

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    No matter what type of fleet vehicles or commercial trucks you maintain, the fuel system on your diesel is an integral part of keeping you on the road. Gas systems are pretty simple - there’s basically just a pump that pushes gasoline to the injectors. Diesels are a bit more complicated.

  • Diesel Isn't Difficult - Know How Your System Works

    Now that you’ve got an idea of the components that make up a diesel system, and what they do, understanding how the system works in a more cohesive way isn’t difficult. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown we understand what’s going on in your fuel system while your diesel engine is running.

  • Diesel Tires - Find the Balance

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    When it comes to installing new tires on your Dodge, Chevy, or Ford diesel pickup, you want it done right the first time. Our technicians have the equipment necessary to get you cruising smoothly down the road in no time.

  • Diesel Tires - Which Ones are You Rolling With?

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    There are a wide variety of tires available for your diesel truck, no matter what sort of pickup you drive. The climate, the terrain you drive on, and how you drive will determine which tire is best for you. Here’s a short list of common truck tire types.

  • Differential Repair on Your Truck

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we understand that no matter how well something is maintained, everything breaks eventually. Fortunately, our team of expert mechanics can repair just about anything, saving your business a lot of money in the process.

  • Engine ticking and knocking sounds - what they mean, and what to do about them

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    Is your engine knocking or ticking? Here’s some information on engine noises, what they mean, and what to do about it, from South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD.

    Whenever your engine starts making a noise it shouldn’t be making, it’s always a cause for concern. If you’re hearing a rhythmic ticking or knocking sound, definitely have it checked into immediately. Here are some causes of engine ticks and knocks, and what to do about them.

  • Exhaust For Diesel Trucks

    We know how important a good exhaust setup is on a diesel truck. Whether you’re powered by a Cummins, a Duramax, a Powerstroke, or something else, your exhaust plays a major role in performance, engine sound, and even aesthetics. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, our professional mechanics have the equipment, knowledge, and ability necessary to get your exhaust in shape.

  • Exhaust Options for Fleet Trucks

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    The exhaust on your truck is an important series of components, that work together to insure smooth, reliable operation. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we also know that exhaust systems are especially susceptible to damage and rust; pipes, mufflers, and other parts are exposed to hazards on the road, and to the environment. This situation, combined with caustic emissions and extreme heat, create a perfect opportunity for problems to arise.

  • Fuel Contamination - What's The Problem?

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we know that fuel contamination is one of the priciest and most problematic issues that may plague a diesel engine. There are a variety of issues that cause contamination in fuel. Knowing these issues will help drivers become aware of fuel contamination and hopefully prevent these issues. 

  • How Is Your Battery Life?

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, we understand how vital solid battery power is to a truck driver. A dead or weak battery isn’t a big deal in a passenger vehicle; in a commercial truck, missed deadlines, incomplete jobs, insufficient equipment, and inconvenient situations are all consequences of a less than adequate battery.

  • Is it the Fuel Pump? Determining if Your Pump is Bad, and What to do About it

    car at fuel pump While fuel pump issues are common, they often get misdiagnosed. What is your fuel pump, how do you know if yours is bad, and what should you do about it? At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we are going to make sure that you are an informed driver so you know what to look for and what you should do about it.
  • Is That Shaking a Driveshaft Issue?

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    Whatever type of truck you run in your fleet, they all have a driveshaft that connects the transmission to the differential, transferring power to the wheels. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we specialize in diesel truck and fleet vehicle maintenance and repair, including precision driveshaft care.

  • Is Your Diesel Engine on it's Way Out?

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    Diesel engines are known for their durability, but even the best engine has to be replaced every once in a while. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we want you to be aware of signs that your engine is about to call it quits.

  • Keep Your Ball Joints in Working Order

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    You’re Chevrolet, Ford, or Ram diesel pickup is a heavy-duty machine, designed to tackle all kinds of situations. The ball joints that connect your suspension to the rest of the truck are under a tremendous amount of strain, both on and off-road - it’s important to keep an eye on them, and make sure they’re in proper working order. Here’s how to gauge the condition of your ball joints, from the professionals at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD.

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