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How Regularly Should I Service My Engine

Regular maintenance is the best way of ensuring your engine lasts as long as possible. There are regular checks that you should carry out in line with the recommended schedules to do this.

Slight changes in performance can easily go unnoticed, often a drop of 20% in performance can happen before the operator notices.
Missing service intervals can lead to a reduction in performance, let alone the worst-case engine failure.
Regular checks that you need to carry out are daily and weekly categories, along with regular servicing and specified intervals.
They all have the same aim of ensuring that your engine runs as long as possible at the maximum efficiency.
Of course, your engine will last longer using genuine Perkins parts. Non-genuine parts will shorten the life of your engine and even jeopardize your new engine warranty. All of this to save a few dollars as in the long run it’s not worth the savings you think you made.
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It’s also worth noting that the checks either relate to the calendar time or the hours your engine has been running. Checks should take place far more often on an engine in almost constant use than for one used occasionally. So, for example, changing the engine coolant is recommended every two years – but it will need attention sooner if your engine runs for 3,000 hours, which is the equivalent of running 24/7 for just over four months.

Remember, the daily checks are just as important as regular servicing.

Daily checks:

  • – Cooling system coolant level
  • – Driven equipment
  • – The engine air cleaner service
  • – Engine air pre-cleaner, cleaning it if necessary
  • – Engine oil level
  • – Fuel system primary filter/water separator
  • – V-belts
  • – Walk-around inspection

Every 50 service hours or weekly checks include:

  • – Fuel tank
  • – Water and sediment
  • – Draining if necessary

Major service intervals are typically every 500 hours for minor services and in multiples of 500 hours for major services including; 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4,000 hours.  Your Perkins distributor is your first point of call if you need to obtain a new service schedule or any other advice relating to maintenance issues.

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