Category Archives: Diesel Maintenance

2 Tips to Keep Your Diesel Fresh This Summer

Whether you are using your diesel for fun or for work, there is nothing more frustrating than a breakdown.  In the summer, many issues are related to your engine overheating.  Here are two tips that can keep you motoring during the hot summer months.

Get a Coolant Flush

As temperatures rise during our Manitoba summer, your diesel’s cooling system has to work hard to keep the engine temperature down. The temperature control occurs by the water pump pushing a mixture of antifreeze and water through small channels in and around the engine block and cylinder head.

The mixture soaks up some of the heat as it runs by the different components on its way to the radiator. Then the fan and the outside air cool the mixture. Any interruption to the cooling process could be cause for overheating and engine failure. Now is a great time to bring your diesel to Western Turbo to have your coolant system inspected, flushed, and filled with new coolant. The flush will eliminate any corrosion that develops in the system.

Diesel Oil Change

Oil is an important and often overlooked component to reduce engine heat.  Your diesel has many moving parts, and the metal to metal friction adds to the engine temperature.  A scheduled diesel oil change at Western Turbo will ensure that your engine is well lubricated and will run cooler.

For the best expert information on diesel parts, service and diagnostics in Winnipeg, give us a call at 1 800 665 7556 or send us an email to info@westernturbo.com

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.

Preventive Diesel Fleet Maintenance Key to Engine Longevity

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE?

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.

NEXT STEP

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.