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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.

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

When Do You Need a Certificate of Inspection (COI)?

You require a valid safety Certificate of Inspection (COI) to register a newly acquired vehicle in Manitoba. A COI confirms that, at the time of inspection, a vehicle met basic standards for operation in Manitoba, which are set out in the Vehicle Inspection Handbook.

A COI doesn’t include a detailed inspection of the engine or transmission and is not a guarantee of the overall quality of the vehicle. A COI provides a snapshot of the vehicle condition at the time of inspection. This condition can change over time and it is a good idea to have your vehicle fully inspected by a trusted mechanic before purchase.

When do you need a COI

A COI is required:

  • When ownership of a vehicle is transferred.
  • When bringing any vehicle into Manitoba. This includes vehicles owned by people moving to Manitoba.

The COI inspection

An inspector at one of Manitoba’s registered vehicle inspection stations signs a COI after a vehicle passes an inspection of components and systems, including:

  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Lights
  • Exhaust system
  • Seat belts
  • Steering
  • Other components and systems

There are three possible outcomes to the COI inspection:

Pass: The vehicle passes the inspection and receives a COI.

Advisement: The vehicle currently meets all minimum safety standards and receives a COI. However, the advisement notes that specified components will soon require servicing or repair.

Fail: The vehicle does not meet certain standards. The vehicle must undergo specified repairs and pass a re inspection before a COI can be issued.

In Winnipeg, Western Turbo is a certified inspection station for automobiles, light duty trucks, heavy duty trucks, RVs, buses up to 24 passenger and also ambulances and handicap vehicles. We can also perform safety inspections on modified and lifted vehicles.To learn more about the inspection process, please contact us.

Diesel Engine Coolant – Not Just Green Anymore!

Coolant isn’t just green anymore! As engines have developed, taking more horsepower and torque out of increasingly smaller displacements, the load carried by you trucks cooling system has increased significantly.  Coolant now comes in various hues including red, yellow, orange  and purple. It’s important to use the correct coolant for your application, as the wrong coolant can actually be detrimental to your engine!

Always consult the engine manufacturer’s technical data if you are unsure which coolant is right for you. Also be aware that mixing different coolants can also lead to expensive diesel engine repairs, and will almost certainly necessitate a complete cooling system flush.

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

Biodiesel Will Shorten Your Filter Life. What’s the Best Filter Option?

Did you know Manitoba has mandated a minimum average 2% biodiesel for all diesel fuel sales by volume?  Due to potential gelling issues in our cold winters, winter fuel has very little biodiesel added, so to meet regulations summer fuel typically has up to 5% or more by volume. This can have an effect on your diesel vehicles performance, and it’s fuel filter life expectancy.

Razor Fuel Filters from Western Turbo

Biodiesel reduces filter life

Racor has participated in several biodiesel filtration field tests with major OEMs. Racor is actively participating in industry-wide research and development on biodiesel fuel filtration and water separation challenges. Development of technology to support the use of all biofuels is ongoing at Racor Division.

Biodiesel tends to shorten filter life and most biodiesels have a low “interfacial tension” – meaning water easily disperses and dissolves in the fuel, greatly reducing efficiency for all types of water separators and coalescers. Racor makes fuel filters capable of handling biodiesel for almost all domectic diesel applications.

Racor’s ultra high quality synthetic rubber compounds perform equally well in biodiesel and standard diesel. Seals subject to biodiesel exposure are generally replaced at the same time as the replacement filter. Racor uses all materials compatible with up to 20% biodiesel blend. Above 20% may require material changes to dynamic seals that are not normally replaced at element change-outs.

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