Regular Maintenance is the best way of ensuring your engine lasts as long as possible. There are regular checks that you should carry out in line with the recommended schedules to do this.
All filters have the same primary purpose – to keep unwanted debris and other material out of the working parts of the engine. Any material not caught by a filter can potentially damage the engine and, at the very least, compromise its efficiency.
Within your engine, there are three important filters designed to prevent debris from entering the engine along with the media that needs to go into it.
In many cases, filters are small and inexpensive but, in common with anything to do with regular maintenance, servicing them is vital. Each engine will come with its own schedule of how often they need to be changed, based either on running hours or the length of time since the last change.
The consequences of not changing the filter regularly are initially seen in poor engine performance and this is a progressive path. Eventually, unchanged filters will fail and the substances you have been trying to keep out of the engine will enter it, causing damage that will cost many times the sums you may have saved by not changing the filter.
Filters fit into three broad categories:
Your local distributor is a good source of information on filter maintenance regimes and can provide the latest updates on product improvements along with general advice on keeping your filters operating to their maximum efficiency.
All Perkins engines use filters for oil, air, fuel and particulates. The filtering process is vital to keep the substances entering the engine as clean as possible, thereby maximising the efficiency of the engine and preventing it from breaking down as a result of dirt and other unwanted material entering it.Learn more
Changing your Perkins fuel filters needs to be part of your maintenance regime. The fuel filter ensures that the fuel entering the chamber is as clean as possible. The consequences of contaminated fuel include fuel injection pump failure, dirty and blocked nozzles, excessive smoke and reduced engine performance.Learn more
Changing your Perkins oil filters needs to be part of your maintenance regime. The oil filter plays a vital role in ensuring that the lubricants circulating around your engine and its allied parts are as clean as possible. The consequences of contaminated oil include wear on the engine caused by foreign bodies, which could lead to premature engine failure or major engine damage.Learn more
Changing your Perkins air filters needs to be part of your maintenance regime. The air filter ensures that the air entering the combustion chamber is as clean as possible. The consequences of contaminated air include wear on the engine caused by foreign bodies and a less efficient combustion process. Perkins air filters are covered by our 12 month warranty.Learn more
The Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is an important part of the Tier 4 interim & final engine as it traps soot, ash and other particulates in your Perkins engine and it should receive regular attention as part of your routine maintenance programme. Unlike other filters, particulate filtersdeal with waste gases leaving the engine and the build-up of ash and soot can have serious consequences reducing the efficiency and effectiveness of your engine. These filters can be cleaned or replaced. All genuine Perkins filters are covered by a 12 month warranty.Learn more
Cleaning of the exhaust particulate filter (DPF), which removes soot and other build-up from your Perkins engine, should be carried out at specified intervals as part of your routine maintenance programme. Unusually, this is one filter that can be cleaned, instead of simply replaced, depending on the model of your Perkins engine. Failure to clean it at the recommended intervals can stop your engine from working.Learn more