Category Archives: Diesel Truck Repair Winnipeg

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 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.


A Special Truck Needs Special Care – The Basics of Maintaining Your Diesel Truck

Maybe once the shine wore off your brand spanking new diesel truck, you started to think of it as just another vehicle that you can maintain like the others.

But diesel engine care is different than the norm, and keeping your engine in good running condition requires some tender loving care. Here are 5 basic tips to keep in mind when planning the maintenance of your diesel truck.

Come and see the team at the Diesel Service Centre for all of your diesel questions and needs.

Truck News

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Isuzu Trucks has announced the latest addition to their N-Series diesel trucks – the NPR-XD.

The NPR-XD bridges the gap between the NPR-HD (with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500-lb) and the NQR (17,950-lb GVWR) with a weight rating of 16,000-lb.

“This new diesel model meets a number of vocational applications and requirements that previously might have required moving from an NPR-HD up to the NQR,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice-president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “Now, the NPR-XD offers more payload capacity at an even more competitive price.”

The new NPR-XD standard cab will be available in the 109-, 132.5-, 150 -and 176-inch wheelbases. The crew cab will be available in 150- and 176-inch wheelbases. Every NPR-XD is powered by the Isuzu 4HK1-TC 5.2-litre diesel engine and with a six-speed automatic transmission the powerplant gives 215 horsepower.

Diesel Trend Coming to North America

With the current trend towards diesel powered automobiles, North America may be finally getting on the right track in energy conservation. For European automotive consumers, the truth about diesel propulsion has been widely accepted; as shown in a U.S. Department of Energy study, which estimates that over fifty-percent of all European new vehicle sales were diesels.

Better Fuel

More stringent governmental regulations concerning diesel fuel, in virtually every country in North America and Europe, have produced surprising benefits in performance. Less than a decade ago, diesel powered cars were loud, noisy, and smelly, but ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel burns more thoroughly, reducing black smoke and the offensive odor which is often associated with diesel autos. Sure, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel developments make today’s diesel powered vehicles quieter and cleaner, but it also makes them more powerful.

Better Engine

Recent advancements in diesel engine technology have allowed carmakers to offer diesel cars, which are more quiet and powerful than ever before. German automakers have cornered the diesel sport sedan market with direct turbo injection, more efficient turbochargers, the use of multiple turbochargers, enhanced intercoolers, and less restrictive exhaust systems; giving their cars the edge in fuel efficiency and performance. However, 2014 has seen the introduction of several North American diesel powered models, including the impressive 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, that stand to give the Germans a “run for the money”.  Diesel engines produce more torque than gasoline engines; that translates into better take-offs, more towing power, and quicker acceleration at highway speeds.

Better Mileage

Anyone who has bought a new vehicle can attest to the fact that, sometimes, EPA estimations on a car’s fuel efficiency can be overrated.  Traditionally, diesel vehicles are underestimated, which means that they yield better fuel mileage than originally advertised. Improvements in fuel mileage estimations, of as small as ten-percent, can provide the consumer with significant savings over a period of several years. Add these savings to the fact that diesels normally carry a higher resale value, and you will see that you can’t afford not to consider a diesel powered automobile as your next purchase.

Chevrolet Cruz Great Package All Around

Get in the fight — the fight to conserve energy, that is. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel allows you to stand up for the cause, without sacrificing style and performance. With its stunning exterior appearance, five-star safety rating, engine performance torque assessments which are comparable to those of a V6, and the number one fuel efficiency rating of any new car currently being offered in Canada, you can have it all. That’s right, now you can have it all with the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel.

The 2014 Cruze’s sleek exterior appearance not only looks extraordinary, with windswept lines and a variety of trim packages, which include a great looking selection of grille, rocker panel, and wheel choices, it is also on the cutting edge of automotive aerodynamic technology. The interior features a classy two-tone color scheme, MyLink infotainment system, with integrated LCD touchscreen and voice recognition.  The front seating offers plenty of adjustment and is supportive and comfortable; the trunk is huge, as well.

Under the hood, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder utilizes advanced fuel system components, selective catalyst reduction, particulate filtration system, and a linear exhaust gas recirculation valve to meet strict Tier 2 Bin 5 diesel emission standards, while reducing engine noise and vibration levels to a minimum. The diesel engine produces a class leading 151-horsepower and a whopping 264 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite the impressive power of the 2014 Cruze, it boasts a 4.2L/100km (67 mpg)-highway estimated fuel efficiency rating, making it the most fuel efficient gasoline or diesel powered 2014 model available for sell in Canada. The six-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment on the Cruze Diesel.

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel features surprisingly quick throttle response from a stop , turning out a zero-to-one-hundred kilometer per hour time of around six-seconds. The Cruze performs flawlessly in highway traffic, with nimble handling and loads of acceleration from the increased horsepower and torque ratings. The Cruze diesel does sound different than its gasoline powered counterpart, but Chevrolet’s added sound insulation in the diesel model makes for a quiet ride.

Greater Value with Diesels

With all of the recent buzz about hybrids and electric vehicles, be careful not to overlook the comeback of the diesel. Diesel powered coupes and sedans took a long hiatus, but they are back and they have undergone drastic developments. The introduction of ultra-low sulfur clean diesel fuels, more efficient turbochargers and intercoolers, and direct fuel injection has yielded the automotive industry a viable ally in the fight for fuel conservation.

Despite the added initial cost of some diesel cars, most are economically sensible. The EPA estimated average improvement in fuel mileage, over their gasoline powered counterparts, is approximately thirty-percent, but that is assuming that only forty-five percent of the miles are driven on the highway. If you live and work near the highway, depending upon the length of you commute, you are likely to drive a greater percentage of highway miles, thus you should see improvements in that estimate; making the diesel option an even greater idea.

In addition to the fuel savings, the resale value of the typical diesel powered car is greater than either the hybrid, electric, or gasoline powered version of the same model. Statistically, diesel powered cars are five-percent more valuable than gasoline powered models when it is time to resell them.

When it comes to the hybrid and electric models; diesel wins hands down.
• Diesel fuel is available nearly anywhere.
• Diesel powered vehicles are capable of travelling long distances (without a recharge).
• Modern turbocharged diesel cars have the edge in performance over hybrid cars.

Happy Holidays from IamDiesel!

At this time of year, we want to stop and say thank you to all of our customers for your business over the years.  It is our goal to offer the best diesel service and exceptional customer service to all of our customers.  We thank you for your loyalty and trust.

We wish everyone the best of the holiday season and a very happy New Year!  Enjoy the moments that the holidays bring and may you be surrounded by your friends and family as you celebrate.

– The Team at IamDiesel

Turbocharged Gas and Diesel are the Way of the Future: VW

If the designers at Volkswagen have anything to say about it, normally aspirated gasoline and diesel engines will be a thing of the past in just a few years, replaced with more powerful and efficient turbocharged models.

As Volkswagen is the third largest automaker in the world, there’s a pretty good chance that their designers will have their say. Other companies are expected to follow suit.

Turbocharged diesel engines have been with us a long time. Heavy trucks use them as standard equipment. The power plants associated with tractor-trailers are increasingly high-tech, with on-board computers providing a constant stream of data that allows the engine to adjust for driving conditions in real time. As a result, these more efficient engines last longer – it’s completely within the norm for a transport truck’s engine to operate for over a million miles.

Volkswagen’s award-winning and popular clean diesel technology has pioneered the return of the turbocharger for use in passenger cars. Recently, Ford introduced its EcoBoost gasoline engines, which use a turbocharger and onboard computer to maximize fuel economy while providing the power that drivers are accustomed to getting from much larger, inefficient normally-aspirated (non turbo) engines.

Volkswagen has only a couple of offerings in their extensive lineup of cars that don’t use a turbocharger, and have plans to replace these models with turbo engines in the next two to three years. As VW is on a roll, it’s likely that other automakers will see the wisdom of their ways, and follow suit.

At IAmDiesel, we’re happy to see carmakers making good design choices. For too many years, passenger cars have been designed with disposability in mind. As Winnipeg’s premiere provider of repairs to turbocharged diesel engines, we’re happy to see automakers making good decisions. Not just because we make our living fixing them, but because we like to see automakers building cars worth fixing.

Winter is Coming

If you drive a diesel powered vehicle, no matter how large or how small, you already know that diesel vehicles are versatile, economical, and cool. You also know that, when properly cared for, a diesel engine can last twice as long (or even longer) than a gasoline engine in the same application. So it makes good sense to take care of it.
In a Manitoba winter, it’s absolutely imperative that your vehicle be in top shape to take on all of the challenges that Mother Nature throws at it. You never know when your vehicle’s brakes, windshield wipers, or heating system can stand between you and discomfort or disaster. Taking the time to thoroughly identify and correct small problems now, before they become big problems can save you time and hassle in the long run. You need to know if your brakes, tires, or window defroster is likely to fail over the course of the next few months, so you can prevent it.

IamDIESEL, the repair centre at Western Turbo and fuel injection, we are experts in diesel engine maintenance and repair. That doesn’t mean, however, that our expertise ends where the driveshaft begins. We can perform repairs and maintenance for all of your vehicle’s systems, ensuring that it is as safe and reliable as it can be. Take the time now, before the snow is in the way, to schedule an appointment to take care of your vehicle.

No matter how large or small your needs – from a whole fleet of transport trucks to a single VW, if your diesel powered vehicle needs service, bring it to IAmDiesel – our trained technicians are standing by to help with all your needs.

Diesel Popularity – A Shift in Thinking (and Maintenance)

At IAmDIESEL, we applaud the recent gains that diesel engines have made in global popularity. Long favoured in long-haul highway applications, agriculture, and “big ‘ol” pickup trucks, North American drivers are finally taking cues from Europe regarding diesel performance in all kinds of automotive applications.

If you’re used to gasoline engines, you’re probably attracted to the better gas mileage and durability of diesel engines. Recent technology developments have removed the “dirty” stigma attached to them, and many auto makers have made them available.

So you’ve chosen a diesel. Great! But before you head down the road, don’t forget to check the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Here are some of the basic differences when compared with the gasoline engines you may be more familiar with:

1) Oil Changes
The recommended oil change frequency for diesels is higher than gasoline engines. There are extreme pressures and temperatures in a diesel engine, which can cause the oil to lose its viscosity (the property of “thickness” that protects internal engine parts) more quickly. Always ensure that you are using the recommended oil type. Diesel engine oils turn black right away, so colour isn’t an indicator that a change is required like it is with gas engines.

2) Filters
Oil filters should be changed every time you change the oil, as is the case with gasoline. Fuel filters will be scheduled for more frequent replacement, as diesel can contain more solids and corrosive particles than gasoline. Air filters have similar schedule changes than gasoline cars, but the room for laziness is less. Particles trapped in a diesel engines air filter can be sucked into the engine when it becomes clogged, and damage it.

3) Fuel Injection Systems
Diesel engines work differently than gasoline ones, especially in the area of fuel injection. Instead of being sprayed into the intake and then compressed and then ignited by a spark (like a gasoline engine) diesel injectors spray fuel into a cylinder full of air that’s already been compressed, igniting because the compression results in a high temperature. Diesel engines don’t have spark plugs that require changes, but the injectors will need to be protected by regular fuel filter changes, and periodically changed.

4) Exhaust Fluid
Many diesel engines require a urea exhaust fluid as a means of pollution control. Gas engines don’t.

5) Fuel Additives
Unlike gasoline, diesel fuel is also used to lubricate many of the components in the high pressure injection system. Many manufacturers recommend a fuel additive for increased lubrication such as Standyne’s “lubricity formula”.

These stricter maintenance requirements pay dividends. Whether you chose a diesel engine in a truck or a car, you’ll realize substantial savings at the pump, as well as increased engine longevity and higher resale value (on average).

IamDIESEL is the service branch of Western Turbo, Winnipeg’s premier diesel centre. Our professional technicians are the most knowledgeable in the business, with access to the best parts. Whatever diesel vehicle you own, we pride ourselves on being the best place to bring it for service.