The Right Time To Change Your Diesel Engine Oil

How you drive and what you tow will influence how often you should be changing the oil for your diesel engine. 

 If you are mainly driving shorter distances and have a lot of stop and go, chances are your engine oil will accumulate more contaminants quicker. This lowers the quality of the oil in your diesel motor – thus affecting performance.  If your mainly highway driving then, your oil change interval can be less than your city counterparts. If you are towing or work in an area of elevation change, then your motor stress will be higher. All of the above factors will dictate your oil change frequency. Diesel truck maintenance is vital not only to your engine’s health but the overall safety of your vehicle.

Our experts at Western Turbo suggest you inspect your engine oil every 5000 kilometers and  perform a complete oil, filter, and vehicle lubrication regardless of the type of driving you do at the 7500 kilometer mark. When it’s time for the best diesel service in Winnipeg, the biggest parts selection or turbocharger diagnostics, give us a call at 1 800 665 7556 or send us an email to info@westernturbo.com

Keep Your Diesel Cool In The Summer Heat

Summer heat is here, and a cool running diesel should be high on your priority list to optimize your diesel’s efficiency. By prioritizing the monitoring of your cooling system during the hot summer months you might just escape the heat of summer problem free.  As the temperatures rise, your diesel’s cooling system has to work overtime to keep the engine temperature down. Your engine cools by the water pump pushing a mixture of antifreeze and water through small channels in and around the engine block and the heads. This mixture soaks up some of the heat as it runs by the different moving components on its way back to the radiator, where the fan and the outside air re-cools the mixture to repeat the process again. This is an ongoing progression, and critical to your diesel engine’s performance.  Any interruption to the cooling process could mean expensive repairs or even an engine replacement.

Don’t let the summer heat get to your diesel

Have your diesel coolant system flushed and refilled with the recommended amount of fresh antifreeze. Western Turbo will check out the entire system while we are at it.  By flushing and refilling the system, you will also minimize any corrosion that gradually developed in the system over time. Our inspection includes checking the condition of all the belts and hoses. as well as inspecting the thermostat and fan operation. 

Don’t be stranded by a coolant system failure.  Let the diesel experts at Western Turbo give you the peace of mind to stay cool this summer.

40th Anniversary Celebration a Hit With Customers

On May 15th, Western Turbo opened it’s doors to the public and celebrated 40 years in business. From humble beginnings in 1979, Western has grown to provide the best diesel service and parts in Manitoba.

The celebration took place at 325 Eagle Drive, home of Western’s modern 9 bay service centre. Visitors were greeted with tours, vendor displays, food vendors, silent auction and a big birthday cake celebrating the 40th birthday.

Thanks to the generosity of our customers, Western Turbo was able to match the $587 dollars raised in the silent auction and send a cheque for that amount to both the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter and Siloam Mission.

Western Turbo president Jeff Esslinger shown above presenting a cheque to Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.

We wish to thank all of our customers for their support of our birthday! We look forward to seeing you soon at Western Turbo. Diesel Service and More.

RV Service a Must to Keep Your Trip on Schedule

As Spring gets into full swing, our thoughts turn to enjoying the great outdoors during our wonderful Manitoba summers. It’s time to think about bringing in your RV to Western Turbo for your pre-summer inspection.  

Many RV’s sit idle in the driveway for many months of the year.  Before you embark on the big road trip, your diesel will need some preventive maintenance including the topping up of all fluids, oil filter and oil change, checking batteries, as well as a new fuel filter. 

The New Diesel “Revel” RV from Winnebago

Your chassis will need to be inspected as well. The chassis is a key component for your motorhome’s well-being and should be inspected by the experts at Western Turbo every year. A chassis issue can end your trip dead in its tracks. 

Preventative maintenance for your RV 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.

Celebrate Our 40th Birthday on May 15th!

Western Turbo Celebrates 40 Years of Diesel Service and More!

Lordy, lordy, looked who turned 40! From humble beginnings in 1979 in a small service shop to a modern 9 bay service facility today, Western Turbo is proud to celebrate 40 years of business.

May 15th will be the big party from 11:00am to 4:00pm with complimentary food, vendor demos, draws and door prizes.

Our 325 Eagle Drive location has plenty of parking. When you arrive, please seek out one of our Western Turbo team members to register for door prizes.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Western Turbo Now Offering DPF Cleaning

Western Turbo & Fuel Injection Ltd. is excited to announce we are now offering DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) Cleaning.

A DPF is a device that is installed in the exhaust stream of diesel engines made after January 1, 2007 in response to more stringent emission regulations. Harmful particulate matter found in diesel emissions contain carcinogenic components that have been linked to adverse health effects. Western Turbo provides pick-up and delivery service. The DPF is designed to remove the particulate matter (soot) from exhaust of diesel engines. These filters can remove 85% of the soot and if combined with Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC) can have even greater reductions.

Ask about our introductory offer of $299.11 available until April 30th, 2019. Please call us at  204-632-1366 or  1-800-665-7556 if you require more information and let us book in your unit or vehicle today!!!

For DPF cleaning and to keep your diesel running great, contact us to set up your next service.  With 9 service bays, Western Canada’s best diesel diagnostics, and an extensive parts inventory, Western Turbo will keep you Manitoba road ready, regardless of the age of your diesel. Our diagnostic service will help you to determine whether we can rebuild or recondition your part to save you money.

Think of Western Turbo as Diesel Service and More…  Call us today at 1 800 665 7556 to book an appointment or to chat with us about your diesel.

What’s New For Diesel Pick Ups for 2019

It’s a new year, which means new products and technology. This season’s trucks have some of the most advanced and efficient diesel engines ever designed.

John Moroney from Motoringresearch.com posted a blog in October, 2018 with a list of updates they were able to find on upcoming options.

Chevrolet Colarado/GMC Canyon
In 2019, Chevy’s Colorado is offering the option of a Duramax turbodiesel with 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque.

Ford F-150
This ever popular truck can now have a 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke turbodiesel with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft. and an excellent 25 mpg.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500
Both of these trucks will have Duramax 3.0 liter inline-six diesel paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Dodge Ram 1500
This is all new for this year and will have an EcoDiesel. The last iteration of that engine had 240 horsepower and 420-lb-ft.

Nissan Titan XD
The XD offers an optional 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V8 with 555 lb-ft of torque and 310 horsepower.

Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350
Both can be upgraded to a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel with 450 horsepower and a monster of torque at 935 lb-ft.

Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500HD plus 3500HD
The optional Duramax 6.6-liter V8 offers a whopping 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque.

Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500
The inline-six has a number of option depending on the transmission choice. An added benefit is this engine is claimed to go 15,000 miles between oil changes.

The technicians at Western Turbo are ready and up to date on all changes for 2019. If you’re not ready for a new model and want to keep your diesel running great, contact us to set up your next service.  With 9 service bays, Western Canada’s best diesel diagnostics, and an extensive parts inventory, Western Turbo will keep you Manitoba road ready, regardless of the age of your diesel. Our diagnostic service will help you to determine whether we can rebuild or recondition your part to save you money.

Think of Western Turbo as Diesel Service and More…  Call us today at 1 800 665 7556 to book an appointment or to chat with us about your diesel.

 

Second Opinion on Fleet Maintenance a Must to Save Money in 2019

Whether your fleet is diesel, gas, or a combination… studies have shown that regular preventive maintenance of your fleet assets will give them a longer live span. Replacing your fleet of trucks or equipment every 10 years rather than every 8 will put money in your pocket.

A poorly maintained fleet 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.

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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.

Western Turbo is diesel service and more. If you have both diesel and gas in your fleet, give it to the experts at Western Turbo to maintain your equipment in tip top condition.  Serving Eastern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Western Ontario with the best service, diagnostics and parts.

The Autopsy of a Dead Turbocharger

Why did my turbocharger die?

First, we have to understand how a turbocharger works…

In a nutshell, a turbocharger uses exhaust gases produced by the engine, which are pushed out of the engine at a velocity that corresponds with the speed of the engine’s rotation to push fresh air into the engine. The faster the engine “revs” the higher the volume and speed of the exhaust that escapes it is. Exhaust consists of air and the by products of fuel combustion (carbon monoxide, and a lot of other chemicals).

Turbocharger Western Turbo

In a normally aspirated engine, air is taken in at atmospheric pressure. In a turbocharged engine, air is pushed in to the combustion chamber under pressure. Because the air is compressed, more fuel can be introduced into the engine while still maintaining the ideal mixture ratio between air and fuel. Simply put, being able to put more fuel into the engine results in more power.

Because the exhaust gases would be emitted anyway, harnessing them to increase performance also increases efficiency. The turbocharger plays a big role in making diesel engines the powerhouses that they are.

Here’s where we get into why your turbocharger died…

Unfortunately, the high temperatures and speeds involved in a turbocharger can be hard on it. The turbine is the component that hot exhaust gases push against to drive the unit. It’s subject to extremely high temperatures, and speeds up to 150,000 rpm. The compressor wheel “squeezes” air into the compression chamber. When air is compressed, it gets hot. Even at the “cool” end of the turbocharger temperatures can exceed 200 degrees Celsius.

The turbocharger needs a healthy supply of engine oil to lubricate its moving parts, and to help cool it. Often, an impediment to oil circulation and/or dirty oil, can cause the turbocharger to fail. In fact, short of component failure in the turbocharger, nearly every turbocharger failure is caused by something else in the engine not working correctly. Air and gas leaks, worn piston rings, clogged exhaust, carbon build-up and a hundred other things can cause turbocharger failure. When this is the case, simply replacing your turbocharger may appear to solve the problem, but it won’t be a long term fix.

We’re Manitoba’s premiere diesel service centre. If you’ve experienced a turbocharger problem, bring it to us. Because we understand diesel engines better than anyone else, we will diagnose and repair the root cause of your problem, not just the symptom.

When it’s time for the best diesel service in Winnipeg, the biggest parts selection or turbocharger diagnostics, give us a call at 1 800 665 7556 or send us an email to info@westernturbo.com

Why Do I Get Worse Diesel Mileage in the Winter?

Why does your diesel gas mileage go down in the winter? One reason is the composition of winter diesel makes it more volatile to burn properly in cold weather conditions.  Just like with gasoline, refiners have to change the composition of diesel fuel in the winter to help it function better in the cold weather.  But this change has much less to do with “volatility” and more to do with both cold gelling performance and sulfur reduction.

Typically, winter diesel will have about 3% less energy value. That’s because some of the Sulphur is removed. Lower energy value means less miles per gallon.

During the winter months, refiners mix in additional additives in order to change the properties of the winter diesel so that its gelling temperatures are reduced. With Canadian extreme winters, refiners want to give a little more temperature margin when it comes to how quickly the diesel fuel will gel in cold weather.

To minimize the effect of reduced mileage in the winter, keep your diesel in tip top condition with regular maintenance at Western Turbo.  When it’s time for the best diesel service in Winnipeg, the biggest parts selection or turbocharger diagnostics, give us a call at 1 800 665 7556 or send us an email to info@westernturbo.com