Diesel engines are built to last. You can run them for miles and miles. And when you eventually have to rebuild that engine, you want it to run for another million miles.
So, how do you know if you're ready for a rebuild?
Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your diesel engine running in peak condition, but if you notice a drop in performance, along with a number of additional issues, you may be ready for a new rebuild kit.
If you're wondering what you should watch for if you're running a CAT C15 diesel engine, we're bringing you the main symptoms you should keep an eye out for.
So how do you know if it's time to rebuild your Caterpillar C15 diesel engine? Watch out for these symptoms:
Crankcase pressure or blowby
Loss of compression
Poor fuel economy
Some of these symptoms are related to each other, so it's likely that you'll be experiencing more than one of them.
For example, are you noticing lower power or worse fuel economy? You might have compression issues.
Your engine also might be running rougher, have blowby, or you might have white smoke.
As we've mentioned in other posts, it's important to diagnose the overall issue with your engine to make sure you're fixing the problem with your repair.
If you're worried about the overall health of your CAT C15, there are a few things that you can test for.
First, you can do an oil analysis. You'll want to look for high metal concentration, foreign contaminants, or unfiltered air entering your system.
You also can check for excessive blowby. This is caused by piston and ring wear, leading to higher than normal oil consumption.
It can also include any of the turbo, worn valve guide, or cylinder head issues. They're all symptoms that you may be ready for an overhaul.
Additionally, look at the date of your past rebuild for some insight. If it's been a while, it might be time to consider another rebuild.
If you've decided that a rebuild is the right option for your Caterpillar C15 diesel engine, then you'll be in the market for a new rebuild kit. We offer both an inframe and an out-of-frame overhaul kit in the 2250115-C15, as well as a re-ring, the IFC15E1.
What's the difference between an inframe, out-of-frame, and re-ring kit?
Well, it all comes down to the kit contents.
The re-ring kit is the smallest rebuild kit option and will take you the least time when it comes to the actual rebuild.
Your pistons have to be reusable for this to be a valid option for you.
An inframe kit is just what it sounds like—it means you can complete the rebuild inframe. This kit option comes with more components (like new pistons) and will be a more time-consuming job.
Finally, you have the out-of-frame kit. This comes with more components than the other two kits and is the most labor-intensive job.
But, since most of your components are being replaced, you know you'll have even wear across the engine.
Whether you like it or not, there will come a time when you need to rebuild your diesel engine. We're here to help you get everything you need to make the job as easy as possible!
At Highway & Heavy Parts, we offer:
ASE Certified Technicians on staff to help diagnose your diesel engine problems
Fast and accurate quotes
A huge inventory of replacement parts
Fast and easy ordering—call or shop online!
From diagnosis through delivery, we're Highway & Heavy Parts!
We get it- when you need Diesel Engine Parts, time is of the essence. That's why we've developed the HHP Online Quoting System.
Just fill out the form with your name, engine information, and the parts you need, and our ASE-Certified Technicians will get back to you with an estimate. It's as close to magic as a diesel engine gets!