We’ve been lucky so far to just need regular oil changes and a few maintenance things. Most locations have been easy to find a quick oil change place.
This was our first diesel vehicle. Diesel trucks require a few more things than a gas-powered truck/car. Diesel oil changes are generally more expensive, as it was recommended that we use synthetic oil. DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) is another routine adder to the truck. Diesel trucks also have fuel filters, which our gas-powered cars did not have. The fuel filters that diesel trucks require are $100-$200 to replace. California and Colorado seemed easy to find someone who could replace the fuel filters, but South Carolina was a struggle. For example, the Jiffy Lube in California would replace a fuel filter, but the one in South Carolina would not. I had to call several places before I found one that would replace it.
In South Carolina, we noticed the back wheel of the truck was starting to lose pressure frequently. We checked over that tire but couldn’t find any nails or anything stuck in it. When we took it in for the last oil change, I had them look at it. There was a nail in, but the head had broken off and you couldn’t see it easily.
Our maintenance so far:
7/7/2020 check up and oil change before we left Ohio (Barnes, $144.45)
8/13/2020 replaced fuel filter (15,085 miles) (Chuck’s, $179.65).
10/16/2020 oil change (Jiffy Lube, $196.76), bought and replaced air filter (AutoZone, $30.41)
12/28/2020 oil change (Jiffy Lube, $170.22)
3/17/2021 oil change, 1 of 2 fuel filters replaced (30,311 miles), patched slow leak in tire (All Pro Tires, $378.21)