What’s wrong with the diesel engine DEF sensor downtime?

The only thing worse than starting your vehicle and seeing warning lights appear on your dashboard is discovering the problem while you’re on the road. Annoying as they are, these illuminated symbols act as warnings that if things get overlooked, your truck’s next destination will be the repair shop.

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Much like the cover of a book, however, these dashboard lights will not provide you with substantial information and a proper diagnosis should be performed as soon as possible. The detailed information on a telematics dashboard will help ensure a correct repair and prevent further damage, but running the test on outdated software could cause more problems than they solve.

To avoid throwing your trucks off the road, having an up-to-date software version is critical for any fleet manager or owner. The outdated software could cause the engine to derate due to the quality of the sensor reading, which means a slow and time-consuming exploration to the nearest shop, all thanks to false confidence.

Remember to factor in the downtime that comes with the repair. Microchip shortages make it harder to get the components needed to get your trucks back on the road. During the warmer months in particular, it is important to ensure that the information you receive from the software regarding sensor operations remains accurate as this is the most likely time for a sensor to fail due to the temperature increase.

The ongoing preventative maintenance effort not only concerns the truck, but also the software and the telematics dashboard collecting its data. Ensuring data is collected on up-to-date systems can mean the difference between a productive day and a less productive day.

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