Diesel engines are durable and tend to last a long time. Many outlast versions of newer vehicles by decades. A case in point is the 7.3L powerstroke diesel engine trucks from Ford. The engine was discontinued and replaced with the 6.0 powerstroke in 2003 to comply with new emissions regulations. Many GMC/Chevrolet diesel engines are still running strong after decades as well.
Making Improvements and Upgrades
When people want to repair or upgrade these older trucks finding the aftermarket parts can be difficult because they require old body style (OBS) compatible parts and kits. Fortunately, there are some companies, such as driven diesel, that make parts to replace the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. These high-quality parts and kits are more likely to be found online than in the nearest repair and body shop due to space limitations.
One example is the Driven Diesel COMPLETE OBS Electric Fuel System. This is offered for older Ford and GMC diesel engines. There is everything needed to enjoy fuel pressure at consistent levels. It is ideal for upgrading current power levels. The kit contains:
· An OBS regulated return kit
· An electric fuel-pump
· Fuel filters
· Necessary hardware for installation
Other Kits and Brands
Diesel engines are not without common problems, so switching out OEM systems and parts for aftermarket ones can eliminate issues. It is important to note that people who take care of the vehicle, have proper maintenance completed on time, and use it for standard purposes may never experience some of these problems. Those who plan on using the vehicle for diesel drag racing, constant and heavy-duty hauling or work tasks, or going mudding are more likely to run into issues.
Some common problems include clogging issues of the oil cooler, failing head gaskets due to excessive pressure, and cracking of the exhaust gas re-circulation (ERG) cooler. The demand for aftermarket parts for diesel engines continues to grow and new products are being developed constantly. There are master kits by Bulletproof, customized kits built to order by Fuelab and performance upgrades by Hughes Performance. One website, Strictly Diesel, offers seventy different brands including their own.