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Diesel Repair - Rhodes Engines | St Charles, MO

A Brief History of the Diesel Engine

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At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, we know that diesel engines play a huge role in many of our customers' daily ways of life. If you drive a Duramax, Powerstroke, or Cummins diesel pickup, you obviously appreciate the power of the diesel engine. Diesel engines are prevalent all over the road, but where did it all start, and why are diesel engines most commonly found in trucks today? 

Are oil changes getting more expensive?

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At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

car parts At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, we’re in the business of quality. Quality work, quality parts, and quality service keep a business going. Here is a quick rundown on why it’s important to install components that will perform reliably, and keep you taken care of in the event that they don’t.

Dash Warning Lights to Watch For!

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It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

Diagnosing a Bad Brake Master Cylinder

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Your brake master cylinder is an integral part of your brake system. When one fails, some odd symptoms may arise, and it may be difficult to diagnose. Here’s some information to help you decide if yours has gone bad. At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO we want you to know what to look out for so that you can be safely on the road.

Diesel engines: the essentials

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When you think about diesel engines, you probably think about large trucks and machinery, and maybe a few oddball cars over the years.  But how long has diesel really been around, and why is it used the way it is today? Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO has the answers you need to become more in-tune with your diesel truck and engine. 

Diesel Fuel Systems - How They Work, and How to Maintain Them

vehicle with smoke coming out the back No matter what type of fleet vehicles or commercial trucks you maintain, the fuel system on your diesel is an integral part of keeping you on the road. Gas systems are pretty simple - there’s basically just a pump that pushes gasoline to the injectors. Diesels are a bit more complicated.

Diesel Tires - Find the Balance

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When it comes to installing new tires on your Dodge, Chevy, or Ford diesel pickup, you want it done right the first time. Our technicians have the equipment necessary to get you cruising smoothly down the road in no time.

Diesel Tires - Which Ones are You Rolling With?

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There are a wide variety of tires available for your diesel truck, no matter what sort of pickup you drive. The climate, the terrain you drive on, and how you drive will determine which tire is best for you. Here’s a short list of common truck tire types.

Different Types of Automotive Headlights

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Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO.

Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

Oxygen Sensor

At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

Don't Forget a Coolant Flush!

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At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, it’s important to us that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for any condition. Coolant flushes are an important part of getting your vehicle ready for winter - here’s why.

Fuel Contamination - What's The Problem?

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At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, we know that fuel contamination is one of the priciest and most problematic issues that may plague a diesel engine. There are a variety of issues that cause contamination in fuel. Knowing these issues will help drivers become aware of fuel contamination and hopefully prevent these issues. 

How can you tell if your transmission is slipping?

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A slipping transmission is never a good thing. What causes it, what forms does it take, and how do you know if yours is slipping? From Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, here’s what you need to know.

How Does Your Turbo Work?

line of diesel trucks

Your turbocharger will work in essentially the same way, whether you drive a Powerstroke, Cummins, or Duramax diesel pickup. While there are differences in designs and applications, turbos haven’t changed all that much over the past century. Now that you know what one is made of, we’ll look at how it works.

Is "Remanufactured" Worth It?

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What does “remanufactured” mean, and is it something you want? At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, we strive for great service and a job well done. Part of that is equipping you with the knowledge you need to understand what’s going on when a repair is necessary on your car, truck or SUV. “Remanufactured” is a word that you’ll encounter in the automotive world. Many people perceive that to mean “used”, but that isn’t the case - here’s what you need to know.

Is it the Fuel Pump? Determining if Your Pump is Bad, and What to do About it

car at fuel pump While fuel pump issues are common, they often get misdiagnosed. What is your fuel pump, how do you know if yours is bad, and what should you do about it? At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, we are going to make sure that you are an informed driver so you know what to look for and what you should do about it.

Is Your Diesel Engine on it's Way Out?

Smoke coming out of muffler

Diesel engines are known for their durability, but even the best engine has to be replaced every once in a while. At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, we want you to be aware of signs that your engine is about to call it quits.

Keep Your Replacement Engine Running

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Once your diesel truck is back on the road, you’ll definitely want to keep it running strong. At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, we’ve got you covered.

Keeping Track of Maintenance - Why It’s So Important

mechanic working on car Keeping track of maintenance done on your fleet vehicles and commercial trucks is one of the most important aspects of fleet management. At Rhodes Engines in St Charles, MO, we track maintenance and repairs for a number of reasons. Here’s why:
  • Jasper Pref
  • ASE
  • Cummins Diesel
  • Duramax Diesel
  • Fleet Services
  • Ford Power Stroke Diesel
  • Motorcraft Parts

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