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Enhance your diesel's fuel efficiency and performance and prevent major fuel system repair bills with a FASS Fuel System.

With the dramatic changes in fuel over the past several years, our vehicles are suffering in performance and efficiency. Talk to us to see how a FASS Fuel System can help turn that around for your truck!

Hi, I’m Jim the tech guy here at Shenandoah Valley Diesel & I'd like to give you some tips on your Diesels. FASS Fuel System.

If you own your own diesel you will soon find out the expense of replacing fuel related components. The newer the diesel engine, the closer tolerances you will have in the injection system components. The close tighter tolerances are needed due to the high pressures needed to atomize the fuel to make a cleaner burn in the combustion chamber. With lubricant being removed from diesel fuel to help protect the environment you now have created another huge problem and it has cost all of us.

Air bubbles in any fuel is not good because it cost you power and fuel mileage. Fuel sloshing around in the tank while you are moving the vehicle around cause’s air in the fuel. This fuel, (depending on your engine) is either sucked into the injection pump or is pushed by a transfer pump into your fuel injection system. The factory pumps, mechanical and electric pumps actually make air. Air was not as big of a problem until we got to the closer tolerances that we have now. Where there are air bubbles there is not as much lubrication to help protect the moving parts not to mention all the heat that builds up around the fuel system with a running engine. This is a recipe for disaster. Now add in the filtration systems that doesn’t filter the fuel down as far as it needs to be to get the debris out of the fuel, and you are headed into spending major money.

There is a way to make most of this problem go away. I have been using the FASS Fuel System along with selling and installing it for years now. Best money you will ever spend for your diesel. These pumps take air out of the fuel and also filter the fuel so much better. These systems are awesome. We are a dealer for them. You can call me any time to chat about these systems. You don’t have to purchase from us. I will still help you as much as possible. We are very busy, but we try to take time for everyone.

I will have good tips on the site from time to time. I’m sure you will find many things that will help you with your diesel.

Truck, Auto & RV Tune-Up

SVD is here to help make sure your Pick-up, RV, or Vehicle is ready for all your towing and travel needs. Routine maintenance, in addition to regular lube, oil and filter changes is extremely vital to avoid unnecessary breakdowns as well as saving you money over the long run.

Spring and Summer Maintenance

Even though is seems like winter is never going to end, the long, hot days of summer are just around the corner.  During the winter, parts of the country have seen temperatures below -40 and those same areas likely will see summer temperatures above +100.  That is a temperature swing of 140 degrees and while that doesn’t happen in one day, we do expect our trucks to operate and be profitable through all these temperature changes. 

With proper planning and maintenance they will do just that and this is the perfect time to prepare your truck for hot weather.  Below are the areas I pay particular attention to in preparing for summer driving in addition to my regular lube, oil and filter changes.


1. Change your oil and filters

Regular oil and filter changes are essential to keeping your engine healthy. Oil is important for picking up impurities as it lubricates and cools your engine, but as that oil ages it becomes less effective. Failing to replace engine oil can result in higher fuel consumption, poor engine performance and, possibly, cause severe engine damage or decrease the life of your engine.

2. Check your fluids

Checking your fluids goes hand-in-hand with changing your oil and filter. Check your power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer fluids and coolant. Top up any fluids that are low and flush/replace them as recommended in your car’s owner’s manual.

3. Tire maintenance

Spring tire maintenance starts with replacing your winter tires with your regular tires. But it’s also important to check and maintain proper tire pressure, rotate your tires and monitor for tread wear. Tires provide the only point of contact between your car and the road, so it’s critically important to make sure your tires are well maintained.


4. Replace your wiper blades

Wiper blades can take a beating during the winter. It’s a good idea to replace them in the spring when the onset of spring showers can lead to reduced visibility.


5. Check your battery

Your battery takes a beating in cold temperatures. Spring is a great time to have it tested and ensure it is mounted securely and its connections are strong and free of corrosion. Batteries more than five years old may need to be replaced.

6. Inspect your belts and hoses

Sub-zero temperatures can harden and damage rubber. In the spring, it is important to check all your hoses and belts for any damage. Replacing any belts may also require replacing the tensioner and pulleys to ensure the new belt does not slip.


7. Check your AC

Before the temperatures get too hot, make sure your air conditioning system is working properly. Nothing feels worse than getting into a hot car and not being able to cool it down!


If you need help with any of these auto services, the expert mechanics at Shenandoah Valley Diesel are always happy to help. Simply stop by, give us a call and we will take care of the rest quickly and easily. We’re dedicated to making sure you and your family stay safe on the road all year long!

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