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.

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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.

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Summer Truck, Auto & RV Tune-Up

SVD is here to help make sure your vehicle is ready for summer towing and travel. Routine seasonal maintenance is vital to assure the strain of hot weather won’t cause an unnecessary breakdown.





2. Check tire tread and inflation.

Your car’s tires have to work harder in the winter with colder temperatures, salt and ice on the roads. Check your tire inflation to make sure there is enough air in your tires. The changing temperatures can cause the air molecules to contract or expand, changing your tire pressure.

3. Check the windshield wipers.

Don’t get caught in April showers with bad windshield wipers. Check to make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and not leaving streaks. Do yourself a favor and replace bad windshield wipers this spring so you don’t get caught unprepared.

4. Check your vehicle’s air conditioning.

Here is Virginia, it’s going to be hot soon – you’ll want your car’s A/C to be working for sure! Turn your air conditioning on full blast and make sure that your vehicle gets cold relatively quickly. What people don’t realize is that your car’s A/C system isn’t just for your comfort, it also helps keep your engine cool in the hot summer months.

5. Get your car’s brakes checked.

This is probably the most important spring maintenance check. Your anti-lock brake system works overtime in the winter, so it’s important to ensure that it is running properly. If you notice any squeaking or grinding noises as you brake, if it becomes harder to brake (you have to push the pedal down more), or your car pulls to one side or the other while braking, you need to take your car in for a professional brake check from your trusted auto repair shop right away. 

6. Check Your Fluids
You can save yourself a lot of hassle in the hot-weather months by monitoring your car’s fluids. Fluids that you should check include:

  • Coolant: This is the big one. If your coolant/antifreeze level is too low, it can cause overheating

  • Motor oil

  • Transmission fluid

  • Brake fluid

  • Power-steering fluid

  • Windshield wiper fluid

7. Check Your Belts & Hoses

If you’re a car expert, you can examine the belts and hoses in your vehicle yourself , but if you’re like most of us, you’re better off having a professional mechanic look them over. Intense heat can cause cracking, blistering, and other damage to your belts and hoses, and they may need to be replaced.

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 this spring!


1. Check your battery.

Ever notice how it takes your vehicle an extra second to start-up when it’s cold outside? That’s because the winter weather is hard on your starter and alternator, so your vehicle's battery has to work harder to get your vehicle going. When springtime rolls around, it’s important that check your vehicle's battery.. If you have an old battery, extreme summer heat can spell trouble. To avoid expensive repairs, it’s worth having your car’s battery tested, or even replaced.  Getting a new battery altogether will cost you less than it would to have a dead battery serviced if you break down.

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