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Questions to Ask your Mechanic

Suddenly, diesel engines are everywhere. North Americans have followed Europe’s lead, and are opting for the fuel efficiency, durability, and performance of diesel engines in all types of vehicles. This is the result of many improvements in diesel technology in recent years. Service centres, however, may be lagging behind. Here are some questions you can ask the shop servicing your diesel engine to ensure that they are taking good care of it:

1) What Type of Oil Do You Use?
Make sure that the service centre is going to use an engine oil specifically designed for use in a modern diesel engine. The American Petroleum Institute has standards for all motor oils. The three-digit code for Diesel engine lubricant begins with C. The second letter needs to be an H, I, or J (J is the newest standard, and will address all needs) and the third digit needs to be a 4, indicating that it’s suitable for use in 4-stroke diesel engines. If your service person can’t provide you with this information, beware.

2) Can you Check My Diesel Exhaust Fluid Level?
In order to provide best pollution control, many diesel engines use a Urea exhaust fluid. A qualified service person will know if your vehicle does, and will know how to check it.

3) Is this facility a member of ADS?
The most qualified technicians are certified by the Association of Diesel Specialists.

4) Will you provide me with a written estimate before beginning any repair work?
If the answer is no, perhaps your business is best taken elsewhere.

IamDIESEL is operated by Western Turbo. We are Winnipeg’s diesel specialists, and welcome your vehicle at our facility anytime. We provide expert service, competitive rates, and the best customer experience in the business.

Diesel Powertrains – a Viable Alternative for Cost Conscious Consumers

Ask someone about alternative fuel sources for automobiles and they’ll likely start talking about hybrid technology and the long awaited plug-in electric vehicle, finally making it’s debut in carmaker’s showrooms across North America.

According to their proponents, these cars are going to save the environment, and at the same time save customers tons of money in fuel costs.

Those who’ve done the math are finding out that this might not be the case. Hybrid and plug-in electrics are available, but at a huge cost premium. Many cost as much as $15,000 more than their conventionally powered counterparts. Even with the considerable cost savings they provide in fuel, it would take years longer than they’re expected to serve to repay the significant premium at purchase. This makes them a relatively poor investment, narrowing their appeal considerably.

There are also some concerns regarding the battery technology in these new vehicles. Their longevity is still unproven, and a costly battery replacement will certainly drive up total cost of ownership.

The smart money is on diesel. As the original “alternative fuel”, diesel owners experience considerable saving at the gas pump for a relatively small (2-3 thousand) increase in vehicle cost. In fact, because it’s widely accepted that diesel engines are more durable, diesels of all types retain their value better than gasoline-powered vehicles, which can make the increase in MSRP a non-issue.

If you’re in the market for a more fuel-efficient vehicle, sharpen your pencil and have a good look at all the alternatives to gasoline. Dollar for dollar, diesel might just be your best bet. New models are coming to North America all the time, with cars from Mazda and General Motors joining the strong Volkswagen fleet that’s been available for years. As far as pickups are concerned, all the major players make diesel one-tons, with the new 2014 Dodge Ram bringing a 3-litre diesel to the smaller ½ ton segment.

At IamDIESEL, the newfound popularity of diesel powered passenger vehicles doesn’t surprise us. We’ve known how versatile diesel is for a long time. As diesel aficionados, we appreciate diesel vehicles of all sorts. Our trained technicians are standing by to take care of the repair and maintenance needs of your diesel vehicle, no matter how large or small.

Porsche Cayenne Goes Diesel

Canadian diesel lovers and Porsche aficionados have recently been blessed with the best of both worlds – the Porsche Cayenne Diesel. The addition of a diesel version of the upscale SUV provides a seventh option of the model. The Cayenne Diesel will feature a powertrain consisting of a 3.0 litre V-6 mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The engine makes 245 horsepower, with a top speed of 220 km/h, and generates 406 lb-ft of torque. Car and diesel enthusiasts will recognize the 3.0 as essentially the same iteration available in the VW Touareg and Audi Q7, with a slight tweak in power.

The Porsche Cayenne Diesel transaxle will be a full-time Porsche Track Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive, and will also include traction control as well as a self-locking differential. Porsche asserts that their 3.0 version will launch this 7,700+ lb SUV from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. Fuel economy estimates are 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The Cayenne diesel V-6 comes with a turbocharger that has what is known as Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG), which varies the aspect ratio of the turbo to adjust for changing driving conditions, thus allowing for better boost performance at lower speeds. This is accomplished by the use of electronically adjustable guide vanes.

Of course, this being a Porsche, all manner of creature comforts are featured throughout the Cayenne Diesel, including, lane change assist utilizing radar sensors, rear seat entertainment package for those long family trips; park assist with reversing camera, automatic climate control and Prsche Entry and Drive keyless entry and push-button ignition. Safety features include the Porsche Dynamic Lighting system, which automatically ignites headlights at night, dims high beams when approaching traffic is detected, and change direction with vehicle steering.

Pricing starts at $64,500 for the base model. Add in a Bose audio system, convenience package that includes 18-way adaptive power sport seats; power tilt and moonroof, and your Cayenne Diesel lists at just over $74,000.

Audi Adding TDI Clean Diesel for 2013

The folks at Audi have decided to keep up with the Joneses over at Mercedes Benz and BMW by offering diesel options to their current and future lineup of cars and SUV’s. Beginning this fall, the Q5, A8, A7 and A6 will be available equipped with TDI clean diesel engines. The A8 TDI, which will be available in spring of 2014, will come with a 3.0L engine, making 240-hp and 406 lb.-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency estimates for the TDI A8 are 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

Starting this fall, Audi’s A6 performance sedan will at long last have an answer to BMW’s 5-series diesel iteration, and the Mercedes E350 BluTec. Its A7 luxury sedan, with its standard eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive, will be a match made in diesel heaven for drivers.

Audi’s compact SUV, the Q5, already available in turbocharged 2.0L I4, and 3.0L V6 engines, will add the TDI 3.0L diesel to its lineup beginning this fall as well. With the addition of the TDI diesel to the available engine options, the Q5 will offer increased torque and better fuel efficiency. The A8, A7, A6 abs Q5 will join Audi’s Q7 TDI to form a scintillating and eye-catching lineup of high-performance diesel choices for the coming model year. The Q7 TDI variant offers fuel economy of 19 city/28 highway. No official announcement has been forthcoming thus far, but speculation persists that Audi will eventually add a TDI option to the A4 as well.

TDI, or Turbocharged Direct Injection, engines are diesel engines that utilize both turbocharging and cylinder-direct fuel injection. In TDI engines, fuel is injected directly into the main combustion chamber, rather than a pre-combustion chamber. This, along with other design features, results in cleaner, more efficient combustion of diesel fuel.

2014 Jeep Diesel Unveils in Detroit

Jeep debuted its 2014 Grand Cherokee at the 2013 North American International Car Show in Detroit. New for 2014 will be a 3.0 litre 6-cylinder EcoDiesel engine option for the flagship SUV. Chrysler-Fiat, parent company of Jeep, will get its 3.0 litre diesel from Fiat-owned engine designer and manufacturer VM Motori. The Motori diesel will make 241 horsepower, with an estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway. It will be paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, with plans to introduce an eight-speed transmission for the 2014 model year as well. The eight-speed transmission will benefit from a torque converter that transfers torque from the engine to the driveshaft with minimal loss, and an array of over 40 shift maps to automatically select the ideal shifting points for the current driving conditions.

The 3.0L EcoDiesel will join the 3.6L V-6, the 5.7L V-8, and the 6.4L Hemi V-8 to round out the current Grand Cherokee engine lineup, and offer North American SUV drivers with an environmentally-friendly fuel alternative. Making use of a urea and water mixture the EcoDiesel Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) greatly reduces CO2 emissions. Implementing Fiat technology, the EcoDiesel engine uses MultiJet II common-rail injectors and oil jets to cool its pistons, to keep temps lower and efficiency higher. Equipped with a water-cooled variable-geometry turbocharger and swift-control intake ports, the EcoDiesel 3.0L diesel engine will make cold starts easier, and bring useful torque to bear throughout the engine speed spectrum.

Another anticipated option for the 2014 Grand Cherokee is the innovative Uconnect Access feature presently offered in the 2013 Ram truck and 2013 SRT Viper. The Uconnect option, powered by Sprint Velocity technology, provides wi-fi service connectivity for user-owned smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices, and supports both the iOS and Android platforms.

Once launched in the 2014 Grand Cherokee, Chrysler-Fiat plans to extend availability of the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine to its Ram 1500 pickup and ProMaster vans.

Unified Trucking Rules Keep LCV’s Rolling

Thanks to coordinated efforts on the parts of Canada’s four western provinces, long combination vehicles are now authorized for use across the prairies, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Uniformity of rules between the provinces will allow for more efficient and greener transportation for carriers throughout Western Canada. Previously, LCV drivers were forced to make stops in order to reconfigure their trucks to comply with local restrictions. Eliminating those stops, and combining trailers will reduce transportation costs, travel time, and fuel expense.

Additionally, rules governing truck operation during holiday periods have been eased. Drivers can now keep their big rigs moving on the evenings before, and on the day of statutory holidays. Truck routing will also be simplified now that LCV’s can be driven over the road without being restricted to double divided highways, as was previously the case. One exception to this will be Rogers Pass, in British Columbia, where drivers will still need to decouple double trailers for transport via separate trucks.

The coordination and easement of local rules for LCV operation means significant improvements for the industry as well as the environment. Because the changes allow for more direct truck routing, fewer stops, and fewer trucks to haul trailers across the provinces, shipping costs will be markedly reduced. Also, since dual trailers can now be more widely used, fleet operators will benefit from lower fuel costs. With fewer trucks needed to haul those trailers, the environment benefits as well.

Statistically, industry officials point out, LCV’s are the safest form of over the road transport, accounting for fewer safety incidents than all other methods, and typically attract the best-trained and most experienced drivers. To further ensure their safe operation on public roads, LCV drivers will be restricted to a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

Bosch Common Rail Injector Testing Equipment from Western Turbo

With our extensive knowledge in diesel, and our dedication to offering first rate customer service, we are pleased to announce the installation of the new Bosch EPS 815 Common Rail Injector Testing Equipment at our service center. The newly installed testing equipment is one of only 2 of its kind in all of Canada and is the only testing equipment that is Bosch authorized for testing.

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Fuel Pump Failures Under Scrutiny

Volkswagen and Audi TDIs are under investigation for fuel pump failures. The NHTSA opened the investigation in February 2011 on the 2009 and 2010 Golf and Jetta models. The issues seem to center around contaminated fuel and the high pressure fuel pump not being capable of dealing with diesel that’s been contaminated by gasoline either by the customer or the fueling station.

Diesel – It’s All We Do

When your diesel vehicle needs service or repair, you’ve got some choices on where to take it. You can trust your rig in the hands of a mechanic who occasionally works on diesels, or you can take it to the place where diesel is all we do. At the Diesel Service Centre, we focus all of our training and experience on diesel engine repair and maintenance, and nothing else.

Automotive technology, like so much else, has grown increasingly complex over the years. It only makes sense that service technicians who devote all of their attention to one primary mission would be better equipped and trained to handle that one job. In service centers that offer a variety of services for different vehicles, that focus and training are, by necessity, divided. Work space and equipment availability are equally limited by that need for diversity. At Diesel Service Centre, every technician,
every tool, part and piece of equipment is there for just one job – servicing your diesel equipment.

This singleness of purpose is what makes Diesel Service Centre the experts in diesel repair and maintenance. It’s allowed us to accumulate a wealth of experience in that one discipline. Because it’s all we do, you can rest assured that we’ll provide you the most comprehensive knowledge and expertise for all of your diesel needs. So when you’ve got a job to do with your diesel rig, take it to the folks whose only job, is diesel.