Driving a car or truck with a diesel engine is becoming less common these days. More often than not, you will only find diesel engines in much larger, commercial vehicles such as buses and semis. Regardless of what you are driving for personal or business transportation, only a diesel mechanic is qualified to work on your diesel engine. Here is why.
The Diesel Mechanic Has More Training and Certification
To become a diesel mechanic, you have to pass through the education required to become a standard mechanic, and then through additional coursework and certification in diesel engines. That means that a diesel mechanic has more education and more knowledge about how your diesel engine works, and how to fix it properly. In some states, a diesel mechanic is even required to be licensed in the repair of these engines to avoid accidents where the engine ignites.
The Diesel Mechanic Can Spot What Is Wrong Very Quickly
When a diesel mechanic listens to and observes a diesel engine, he or she can spot the problem very quickly. To the mechanic who is not trained in diesel engine repair, these sights and sounds are not likely to sound or look very different unless he/she has assisted the diesel mechanic with repairs. Once the diesel mechanic has diagnosed the problem, your engine can be repaired in a matter of a few days (so long as the parts are in stock).
The Matter of Liability
Finally, the matter of liability comes into play. If a diesel mechanic is working on a diesel engine and is injured in the process, insurance is more likely to pay out on the claim than if an inexperienced, uncertified, unlicensed and/or uneducated mechanic is working on the same engine. Why? Because only an educated, experienced, certified and/or licensed diesel mechanic should have been working on your engine in the first place.
Most auto repair shop owners will refer you to a diesel mechanic if you have a diesel engine and the shop does not have a diesel mechanic in-house. While this may be temporarily frustrating, you should understand that it is for the shop's own safety and protection as well as your own. You would expect that only someone who is qualified to work on your diesel engine be the one to repair it. That way, there are no further mechanical issues or dangerous incidents about which to be concerned.