5 Tips to Complete Expert Diesel Engine Maintenance

Diesel engines operate in a way that gives them advantages over conventional gas engines in regard the amount of power they can create while still maintaining excellent MPGs. However, like gasoline engines they do need regular maintenance to ensure the engine continues to operate correctly. Many maintenance services require the skills of a professional diesel mechanic to ensure they are completed correctly, but there are some diesel maintenance tips you can take advantage of if you’re a do-it-yourselfer. These tips will help ensure a long life for your vehicle.

1. Use the Proper Oil Filter

When changing the oil make sure the proper oil filter is used. Sulfur and carbon residue are created when diesel fuel is not completely burned up during combustion and these particles can make their way into the engine oil. This debris is very fine and using an improper filter won’t catch these contaminants, which can lead to additional engine trouble.

2. Gasket Inspections

Diesel engine gaskets work under harsh conditions that put a lot of pressure on engine gaskets. It is important to regularly check for gasket leaks and to check that mounting bolts are all tight and secure to avoid leaks of engine oil and other fluids.

3. Radiator Flush

The cooling system is a very critical aspect for all cars and trucks, but this is especially true for diesel engines. Be sure that you keep up to date with regular cooling system flushes and be on the lookout for any antifreeze leaks. One of the best methods to prevent overheating is to pull over before the engine gets too hot, so be sure to keep a regular watch on the dashboard temperature gauge.

4. Glow Plug Inspection

Instead of spark plugs diesel engines use glow plugs. Glow plugs warm the air and the engine compresses the heat in order to ignite the air/fuel mix. However, a cold engine likely won’t be able to create air hot enough for the engine to fire up. Glow plugs warm the engine to produce the necessary heat to get the car started as well. It is important to monitor glow plugs for corrosion and other problems to ensure your diesel vehicle will start every time.

5. Use a Diesel Additive

A Diesel Additive such as Stanadyne Performance Formula® protects your diesel engine and restores engine performance. The detergency and cetane improver in Performance Formula will help restore fuel economy, increase horsepower and torque.

The diesel service centre at Western Turbo can help with all the parts and advice that you need to keep your diesel engine running great.  If you want the best service experts to look after the regular maintenance of your diesel truck or vehicle, we have 9 service bays to get you in and out quickly.  Give us a call today at 1 800 665 7556 or send us an email to discuss your unique needs for your diesel service.

9 Reasons to Change Fluids with No-Spill® Systems from Western Turbo


Whether you are working on a diesel engine or gas, No-Spill Systems is the world leader in fluid drain technology. Available at Western Turbo, the diesel service centre in Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Save Money – Eliminate common drain plug problems like stripped pan threads, frozen plugs, cracked pans, replacing washers, lost plugs due to under torqueing, etc.

Save Time – No Spill® Systems is a full bore fitting with a unique single-bridge design, enabling maximum flow rate for a speedy oil change without – time wasting cleanups.

Eliminate Spills – Avoid costly fines and cleanup costs for the site remediation and environmental damage.

Eliminate Burns – Reduce injuries and lost time.

True Dual Function – Works with gravity or with suction systems for super-fast, super-efficient draining.Fast and Easy Installation.

No Special Tools Required.

Just replace the factory plug at the next oil change.

Full Range of Sizes and Thread Patterns – Available in 500 different sizes which covers the common thread pattern types UNF, NPT, BSP, and MetricHighest Quality Design and Materials.

Solid Brass Body – full length machining of threads for maximum strength and security.

Quality Assurance – No Spill® Systems is ISO certified and has over 27 years of experience with satisfied customers across North America and the world.

Changing your engine oil is part of preventive maintenance for your diesel engine.  Ask us about  our scheduled maintenance programs for you diesel fleet.

Preventive Diesel Fleet Maintenance Key to Engine Longevity


Quite Simply – cost. Many studies have shown that regular preventive maintenance of your diesel fleet assets will give them a longer live span. Replacing your fleet of trucks or diesel equipment every 10 years rather than every 8 will put money in your pocket.

Servicing Diesel Fleet Winnipeg

Second, poor maintenance can lead to equipment failure, which can lead to accidents, which can lead to liability issues. You don’t need the hassle of potential litigation, let alone the PR issues associated with a liability claim.


Contact Western Turbo to conduct a FREE fleet maintenance analysis. We will inventory your fleet, propose scheduled maintenance, as well as offer tips for drivers to understand how to pin- point issues before they become real problems. Contact us now to ask about your fleet and how we can make your life easy.

Serving Eastern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Western Ontario.  Western Turbo is Winnipeg’s Diesel Service Centre.  Call us for your parts, service and diesel diagnostics.

The Staff at Western Turbo Wish You a Merry Christmas and the Best of 2018.

As 2017 draws to a close, the staff at Western Turbo would like to extend Merry Christmas to you and yours.   We’d like to thank you for making us the best diesel service centre in Manitoba.
You have trusted us in the last year to give you the best service, parts and advice for your diesel and turbocharger challenges.  We don’t take your business for granted and appreciate every opportunity that we have to serve.
On behalf of the entire Winnipeg Western Turbo family, we wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas season and all the best for 2018.

Have You Checked Your Oil Supply For Your Diesel Turbocharger Lately?

There are many little things that you can do to make your turbocharger last longer.  One of the simplest things to do for preventive maintenance is to check your oil and fluid levels. If the supply is not sufficient to properly lubricate the system, a lot of bad things can happen.  At Western Turbo, we see many damaged turbochargers due to insufficient oil supply.


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Here are some attributes that lead to damage due to insufficient oil supply;


  • Re-fitting a turbocharger without adequate priming
  • Long periods of non-use
  • Broken or restricted oil feed pipe
  • Low engine oil pressure due to malfunctioning lubrication system
  • Low or no oil in sump
  • The use of sealants, which can restrict the oil flow
  • Not priming a replacement oil filter with new oil.  If this cannot be done, then crank the engine with no fuel to establish oil pressure.
  • Do not exceed idle conditions until oil pressure is established

Regular maintenance by Winnipeg’s largest diesel service centre should ensure that your diesel turbo charger is in top working order.   Western Turbo can set you up on a preventive maintenance program for your individual diesel or fleet requirements.  Whether you are in Winnipeg, or rural Manitoba, give us a call for you next service.

Stanadyne Fuel Additive Perfect Start to Get Your Diesel Ready for Winter

The snow is coming and it’s time to start getting your diesel in tip top form for the Winnipeg winter.  A fuel additive like the one offered by trusted Stanadyne can really have an impact on your diesel’s cold weather performance.  Not only does the additive improve fuel economy, it also increases horse power and torque.

 Specifically for cold weather, the additive improves the diesel pour point up to 22 degrees celsius while raising the temperature of the cold filter plug point up to 13 degrees celsius depending on base fuel.
 The additive also contains corrosion and rust inhibitors that will protect your fuel system.
Talk to us at Western Turbo, the diesel service centre. We have the know how to get you ready for our Manitoba winter.  Leverage our 30 years in business, diagnostic centre, extensive parts department and 9 bays of service to keep your diesel working at peak performance.

Clean Oil Key to Keeping your Turbochargers in Top Condition

Do you feel that your diesel engine is not giving you top performance?  Your turbocharges may not be functioning properly due to damage from dirty oil.
Dirty oil damages the turbocharger by causing heavy scoring of critical bearing surfaces.
To avoid damage, oil and filter should be of a quality that is recommended by an OEM.  These should be changed when a new turbocharger is fitted by Western Turbo.  After that, regular oil and filter changes should keep your turbochargers in great condition.
Dirty oil damage could result from:
–  Blocked, damaged on poor quality oil filter
–  Dirt introduced during servicing
–  Engine wear or manufacturing debris
–  Malfunctioning oil filter by-pass valve
–  Degraded lubrication oil.
Regular maintenance by Winnipeg’s largest diesel service centre should keep your turbochargers spotless.  Western Turbo can set you up on a preventive maintenance program for your individual diesel or fleet requirements.  Whether you are in Winnipeg, or rural Manitoba, give us a call for you next service.

Are you Budget Minded About Your Diesel Service? Western Turbo is Right for You!

There’s a reason why Western Turbo has become the choice of service and maintenance for diesel fleets in Winnipeg and Manitoba.
We Save You Money

Our experience and investment in equipment and people let us stand head and shoulders above others.  Here are three examples of how we can save you money and earn your business.

Save money at Western Turbo

1. Our Advice We have seen most situations when it comes to diesel challenges and we have the know how to offer suggestions on how you can save money through preventive maintenance.  As an example, by using Stanadyne Performance Fuel Additive, you can virtually eliminate wear on fuel injectors that is  caused by low lubricity fuels.
2. Our Testing Equipment Western Turbo has invested over $1,000,000 to be the premier test provider of diesel equipment in Western Canada.   We can test your parts and offer to rebuild them if it makes sense.  Again saving you money on expensive new part replacements.
3.  Sourcing Product from Multiple Vendors. We work for you, not the vendors.  We are proud of our independence and our ability to source the right part for your specific needs.  We source parts from Cat, International, GMC, Ford, Bosch, Ambac, Stanadyne, Holset, Borg Warner, Delphi, and others – ensuring that anything you need for injectors, pumps, fuel systems, filters and turbochargers are covered. We can always offer a solution that meets your budget.
At Western Turbo, we are proud of being the best diesel service centre in the marketplace.  Let us show you how the Western Turbo advantage can give you the best value in the marketplace.

Getting the RV Ready for the Trip South – Chassis Maintenance

Many RV owners have interrupted their planned vacations because they didn’t take time to properly maintain their chassis. Whether your motor home is a gas or diesel, proper care for the chassis and its elements will ensure that your travels are enjoyable.

Motorhomes require scheduled preventive maintenance, just like your passenger car, SUV, or pickup truck. The difference is that they are much larger and more complex so they require a few extra (and bigger) steps to accomplish this.

The majority of the time, if there is a problem inside the RV, it won’t ruin the trip. It may become an inconvenience for example, a shower not working may mean having to camp where there is a shower. An RV owner can choose when to make those kinds of repairs, perhaps even waiting until they get back home.

A chassis issue on the other hand can end your trip dead in its tracks. Practicing preventive maintenance care for the RV chassis is the best step an owner can make. We recommend that every RV owner take the following preventative steps to help keep their RV’s  performing well:

Basic Engine Maintenance

Engine Oil and Filter

Fuel System Maintenance and Filters

Diesel & Gas Engine Cooling Systems

Engine Air Filters & Air Filter Restriction Gauge

Coolant Surge Tank

Transmissions Fluid & Filters

All Belts & Hoses

Chassis Maintenance


Air Compressors, Tanks and Dryers

Air Dryer

Air Ride Suspension

Axles, Driveshaft and Universal Joints

Tire – Tread wear & Rotation, install Crossfire Tire pressure regulators for dual tires

Hydraulic System

Check your hydraulic Leveling system

Hydraulic Fluid Reservoir

Hydraulic filter restriction gauge


Oil & Oil Filters

Belts & Hoses

Fuel Filters

Coolant & Coolant Surge Tanks

Air Filters

We recommend you always travel with extra fuel filters, belts and hoses and take along a jug of DEF fluid, if your unit is equipped with SCR.

If you haven’t started up your RV in over a year consider putting an antifungal detergent into the diesel tank.

Preventative maintenance from the experts at Western Turbo – the diesel service centre can save your trip and can save you thousands in costly repair bills and inconvenience.  Whatever your Winnipeg or Manitoba location, book your maintenance appointment today at the best RV service centre.

Signs of Diesel Trouble…

If your diesel engine begins to belch excess smoke…

This could be caused by:

• Dirty air cleaner.

• Air intake system restriction.

• Cracked mounting flange/gasket missing.

• Fuel pump/injectors/valve timing incorrectly set.

• Wastegate mechanism set incorrectly.

• Turbocharger damaged.

If your diesel engine lacks Power…

This could be caused by:

• Dirty air cleaner.

• Air intake system restriction.

• Cracked mounting flange/gasket missing.

• Exhaust for foreign object restriction.

• Fuel pump/injectors/valve timing incorrectly set.

• Burnt valves and/or pistons.

• Turbocharger damaged

If your diesel engine is noisy…

Often the noise comes from air/gas leakage due to pre-turbine exhaust gas or an air/boost leaks.

Check all joints – if noise continues check turbocharger clearances and wheels for housing contact.

If your Turbocharger is seized or sluggish…


If the turbocharger rotor assembly has seized or is tight to rotate, this is often due to lubricating oil degradation, which can cause a high build up of carbon in the bearing housing interior restricting rotation. Insufficient or an intermittent drop in oil pressure can cause the rotor to seize, as can introducing dirt into the lubricating oil.

If your Turbocharger has worn or excessive clearance…

A turbocharger has specific axial and radial rotor clearances. These are sometimes mis-diagnosed as ‘worn bearings’ (See engine manual or come to Western Turbo.  If the clearances are out of specification the cause could be attributed to a lubricating oil problem, i.e. insufficient oil, dirt ingress, oil contamination with coolant.

If any of these signs appear, contact the diesel service experts at Western Turbo.  We will diagnose the problem and then either rebuild or replace your turbocharger.  For all your diesel engine repairs, see us at the Diesel Service Centre on 325 Eagle Road. Winnipeg.