This video, which was recently uploaded to Chevy’s official YouTube channel, provides simple maintenance tips for owners of Duramax-powered pickups like the Chevy Colorado, Silverado and Silverado HD. Many of these tips will be rather obvious for our experienced Duramax diesel-driving readers, but keep in mind this video was put together to help out new Chevy truck owners that may have never owned a diesel-powered vehicle before. With pickup sales on the rise, there may be more inexperienced diesel-powered pickup owners on the roads today than you might think.
One of the easiest ways to keep up with maintenance in your Duramax-powered vehicle is to ensure the Diesel Exhaust Fluid is topped up. If it needs more fluid, owners can easily refill the tank with GM-approved DEF. In some trucks, the DEF re-fill nozzle will be located next to the fuel fill nozzle underneath the fuel filler door. In other vehicles, the top-up location may be located under the hood. To avoid overfilling the fluid, the user should only let the fluid fill until it hits the bottom of the filler funnel. Once this is complete, the user will observe a change in the fluid level readout in their vehicle’s digital driver information center (DIC).
Duramax vehicle owners can also perform some other basic routine maintenance themselves by changing the fuel filter, which will be located on the underside of the vehicle near the driver’s side along the frame rail. Some Chevy pickups have the fuel filter located toward the back of the vehicle behind the rear axle. To change the filter, the user must drain any water from it by loosening the filler cap. Next, they can remove the filter cap, the filter element and the o-ring and install the new filter and o-ring. Changing the fuel filter requires the user to manually re-set the fuel filter life in the DIC. Chevy also suggests priming the filter before driving by letting the engine idle for about five minutes.
Check out the video embedded below for more in-depth tips on how to properly maintain a Duramax diesel engine in a current-day Chevy truck.