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Maintenance on a diesel truck is pretty much the same as a gasser, with the exception of the viscosity of the fluids. Example: We use 15W-40 engine oil vs 10W-30 in a gas powered vehicle. Check your belts, hoses, filters, batteries, stuff like that about the same.
Obviously, the parts are way different, more robust, heavier duty and specific to the diesel truck, but you'll learn the differences as time goes on. Don't be afraid to ask questions here - Lots of folks willing to help. I've learned a lot about my truck here.
Diesel Kleen is a good additive.(there is a gray bottle and a white bottle) I don't know how cold it can get in Illinois, but if it gets down near freezing, take a look at the DK in the white bottle. It has anti-gel ingredients to help keep your fuel in liquid form. Diesel can start gelling at certain temps especially in fuel lines. I don't normally need the white bottle where I live, but I've been in winter climates where I did. It worked very well.