Proper Maintenance is the Lifeline for Your DG Set

By admin | Sat, Apr, 2020
Proper Maintenance is the Lifeline for Your DG Set

Regular maintenance is the best way of ensuring your DG Set performance is at its best. There are regular checks that you should carry out in line with the recommended schedules to do this.

Maintaining your Perkins engine is the key to its optimum performance. Slight changes in performance can easily go un-noticed, often a drop of 20 percent in performance can happen before the operator notices. Missing service intervals can lead to reduction in performance, let alone the worst case of a vital part failing.

Each DG Sets comes with a detailed list of checks for you to carry out at set intervals. The performance checks required will vary by engine type and operating conditions, so it is wise to ensure the checks and frequency are right for your engine.

The regular checks that you need to carry out fall into daily and weekly categories, along with regular servicing at specified intervals. They checks and maintenance have the aim of ensuring that your engine runs as long as possible at the maximum efficiency.


It’s also worth noting that the checks either relate to the calendar time or the hours your engine has been running. Checks should take place far more often on an engine in almost constant use than for one used occasionally. So, for example, changing the engine coolant is recommended every two years – but it will need attention sooner if your engine runs for 3,000 hours, which is the equivalent of running 24/7 for just over four months.

Remember, the daily checks are just as important as the regular servicing.

Daily checks:

  • Cooling system coolant level
  • The engine air cleaner service
  • Engine air pre-cleaner, cleaning it if necessary
  • Engine oil level
  • Fuel system primary filter/water separator
  • V-belts
  • Walk-around inspection


  • Battery level

Every 50 service hours or weekly checks include:

  • Fuel tank, water and sediment, draining if necessary


Major service intervals are typically every 500 hours for minor services and in multiples of 500 hours for major services including; 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 and 4,000 hours. Captiva is just a call away to provide you support for services and genuine spares or any other advice relating to maintenance issues.