Category Archives: Western Turbo Fleet Care

How to Keep Your Aftertreatment System From Costing You Money

Pollution control has come a long way in a short time. Superior control and emissions technologies, including particulate filters and catalytic converters have resulted in far cleaner engines. Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides, Carbon Dioxide, and particulate matter have been cut drastically, while the performance of the average diesel engine, in terms of fuel efficiency and power relative to displacement has skyrocketed.

These changes are excellent in the fight against greenhouse gases and other pollutants that diesel engines have historically been known to produce. With more diesel trucks on the road worldwide than ever before, these reductions are imperative in the fight against climate change.

These additions to diesel engines aren’t without their challenges, however. In order to reap the benefits of decreased fuel costs and lower emissions, these systems need to be maintained regularly. System failures can be very expensive, and can often damage other engine components, sometimes catastrophically.

If the engine as a whole isn’t in tip-top running condition, the emissions equipment is susceptible to damage. Leaking coolant can damage the diesel particulate filter (DPF) and foul the catalyst in the converter, which can cause engine failure. Fuel and oil leaks can physically damage the filter substrate in the DPF, which will need to be repaired.

This new equipment places new demands for maintenance on the driver. An additional tank for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) must be checked and filled. If this fluid is mixed with fuel, in either tank, it will lead to an expensive repair.

Drivers require training to deal with the demands of the new systems. The importance of proper filling of the DEF tank, and the response to a failure on the road, need to be underlined. Drivers need to take a zero tolerance approach to warning lights. Gone are the days of ignoring a fault indicator until service is convenient. Today’s systems require immediate response.

In addition to changing technical requirements, there are new legal requirements to consider when planning the maintenance of your aftertreatment equipment. In Manitoba, vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating over 4500 Kg are now inspected for the following compliance items:

Exhaust Gas Recirculation – A failure will result if any part of the EGR system is missing, modified, or malfunctioning.
Catalytic Converters – The inspection will be failed if the unit is cracked, perforated, or otherwise leaking, or if it’s been tampered with.
Diesel Particulate Filter – failure if not functioning, removed, or tampered with.
Diesel Exhaust Fluid – A damaged or missing storage tank, a missing filler cap, or a level 2 leak at any location will result in a failed test.

Maintenance needs for these systems are different. Each manufacturer of aftertreatment equipment publishes a maintenance and troubleshooting guide designed to help operators with maintenance. A good maintenance provider should be knowledgeable about all types of aftertreatment equipment, and able to help you design the service plan that suits your equipment’s needs.

Fleet operators are encouraged to cycle their trucks into over-the-road use when possible, as long hauls create the best conditions for regeneration of the DPF. The use of a front grille cover in cold weather is discouraged, as well, as they can cause confusion with the aftertreatment system with false temperature readings, and lead to problems.

Questions about your emissions control equipment? For repairs to all of your diesel equipment, come to Western Turbo & Fuel Injection Ltd. Our facility is located at 325 Eagle Drive. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

The Most Important Thing in Diesel – Diesel!

No matter how well maintained your diesel vehicle’s power train is, if you don’t have good, clean fuel for it, it won’t run well. For modern diesel power plants, it’s never been more important to have fuel that’s clean and dry, free of moisture or other harmful contaminants that reduce power output, compromise injector operation (and shorten their life expectancy) and prematurely wear out engine components.

The CLEANDiesel Fuel Cart is the solution you’ve been waiting for. If you ever transfer diesel fuel between vehicles, or from one container to another, you need a filtration system that is effective, convenient and portable. Here are some of the features that make the CLEANDiesel cart such a good investment:

The Importance of Quality Fuel – your diesel vehicles power your business. You need them to be reliable, because your ability to deliver goods or services is a critical mission for you and your customers. Contaminated fuel can bring an otherwise optimally performing vehicle to a stop in seconds.

Speed – with a fuel-processing rate up to 16 Gallons Per Minute, you will get clean, reliable fuel in a hurry.

Ease of Use – by placing the unit on a rugged cart with large wheels that help you lift it over obstacles, caring for your fuel supply is made easy. The unit itself offers a differential pressure indicator, so you’ll know when the filter element needs to be changed, and you can accomplish it without tools, so maintenance in the field is a snap.

That’s why Western Turbo is offering our clients the new CLEANDiesel Portable Fuel conditioning cart. In addition to regular, quality service, your fleet (whether it’s two vehicles or two hundred) needs a supply of quality, contaminant-free fuel.

For expert diagnosis of your diesel engine in Winnipeg, visit Western Turbo. Our state of the art facility is located at 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg.

Project Managers – Schedule Your Construction Equipment for Service Before Winter Comes

There’s an ongoing joke about the seasons here in Winnipeg – we only have two, winter and construction.

If you’re a project manager in the construction industry, you know that this statement is patently untrue. Construction never really stops. Of course, there are seasonal slowdowns, and the focus shifts from excavation to other work (owing to the frozen ground), but the construction industry continues to serve as the heartbeat of the economy, even in the dead of winter.

Now is the time to service your diesel equipment, for two reasons: first, the cold temperatures will place a great deal more stress on your machines and vehicles, and second, there will be a big influx of agricultural machinery being serviced once winter properly strikes, so by acting now you can beat the rush and eliminate wait times caused by conflicts with farmers getting their equipment maintenance done.

At Western Turbo, we are Winnipeg’s go-to service company for all types of diesel equipment. Basically, if it burns diesel fuel, we not only service it, but we are experts in diagnosis and upkeep of its systems. We maintain a large facility and more than 18 employees in all areas of our business. Our technicians are experienced and are continually upgrading their training. We have a full suite of diagnostic tools that use the OEM communication protocols your vehicle is equipped with to report troubles, and correct them using the industry’s best parts. We maintain exclusive distribution agreements with the major fuel injection, turbocharger, and diesel engine related product manufacturers.

So, when you’re readying your construction equipment for the rigors of our harsh Winnipeg winter, come to Western Turbo. Our facility is located at 325 Eagle Drive. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556.

Fleet Care at Western Turbo

At Western Turbo, we can take care of your diesel and fuel injection service needs, no matter how big or small they are.

We started in this business in 1979, with a small shop and a full-service philosophy. Thirty-five years later, we’ve grown to be Winnipeg’s premiere diesel engine service centre, with several divisions and a staff of eighteen people, all concerned with customer care.

We know that our clients depend on their equipment for their livelihoods, and view our role as their service provider as critical to their success. We know that they depend on us to keep abreast of the latest and greatest tools, techniques, and processes in equipment service, and maintain our edge by taking every opportunity to stay current. We’ve been a member of the Association of Diesel Specialists since 1979, and take part in their Repair Standards, Nationwide Warranty, Identification Code, and Technician Certification programs. All of our technicians take part in the ADS “TechCert” program.

Because we’re one the larger service providers, we have capacity to take care of customers who have larger than average needs. We’re able to meet the needs of customers with large fleets of trucks, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, or any combination of vehicles or machines.

Many companies have discovered the value in outsourcing repairs. Western Turbo can help your business save money and headache by being your go-to provider of parts and service for your entire fleet of vehicles and stationary machines.

Visit Western Turbo at our clean, modern facility at 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Whatever you need, you’ll find it at Western Turbo.