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.
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.
- – 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.