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Why Do I Get Worse Diesel Mileage in the Winter?

Why does your diesel gas mileage go down in the winter? One reason is the composition of winter diesel makes it more volatile to burn properly in cold weather conditions.  Just like with gasoline, refiners have to change the composition of diesel fuel in the winter to help it function better in the cold weather.  But this change has much less to do with “volatility” and more to do with both cold gelling performance and sulfur reduction.

Typically, winter diesel will have about 3% less energy value. That’s because some of the Sulphur is removed. Lower energy value means less miles per gallon.

During the winter months, refiners mix in additional additives in order to change the properties of the winter diesel so that its gelling temperatures are reduced. With Canadian extreme winters, refiners want to give a little more temperature margin when it comes to how quickly the diesel fuel will gel in cold weather.

To minimize the effect of reduced mileage in the winter, keep your diesel in tip top condition with regular maintenance at Western Turbo.  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

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.

Are you Budget Minded About Your Diesel Service? Western Turbo is Right for You!

There’s a reason why Western Turbo has become the choice of service and maintenance for diesel fleets in Winnipeg and Manitoba.
We Save You Money

Our experience and investment in equipment and people let us stand head and shoulders above others.  Here are three examples of how we can save you money and earn your business.

Save money at Western Turbo

1. Our Advice We have seen most situations when it comes to diesel challenges and we have the know how to offer suggestions on how you can save money through preventive maintenance.  As an example, by using Stanadyne Performance Fuel Additive, you can virtually eliminate wear on fuel injectors that is  caused by low lubricity fuels.
2. Our Testing Equipment Western Turbo has invested over $1,000,000 to be the premier test provider of diesel equipment in Western Canada.   We can test your parts and offer to rebuild them if it makes sense.  Again saving you money on expensive new part replacements.
3.  Sourcing Product from Multiple Vendors. We work for you, not the vendors.  We are proud of our independence and our ability to source the right part for your specific needs.  We source parts from Cat, International, GMC, Ford, Bosch, Ambac, Stanadyne, Holset, Borg Warner, Delphi, and others – ensuring that anything you need for injectors, pumps, fuel systems, filters and turbochargers are covered. We can always offer a solution that meets your budget.
At Western Turbo, we are proud of being the best diesel service centre in the marketplace.  Let us show you how the Western Turbo advantage can give you the best value in the marketplace.

Diesel Service Centre’s Commitment to You

It’s important nowadays for owners to keep their cars and trucks running longer. That takes a commitment to proper service and regular maintenance. At Diesel Service Centre, our service advisors will work with you to set up a service schedule that will take care of your vehicle’s needs and stay within your budget.

Your first step in getting a long life out of your vehicle is to keep good maintenance and repair records, and having the work done on schedule. Depending on the age and maintenance history of your vehicle, you may have to prioritize any needed repairs and get the most important work done first. If your vehicle was purchased used, that might mean starting from scratch and having the vehicle inspected.

From there, you and your service advisor can form a list of repairs or services your car needs. Set up a schedule to have the high priority repairs done first, then discuss a budget so that you can get the rest done as soon as you are able.

Making a plan with your service advisor to maintain your vehicle will help you to anticipate routine interval services like oil changes and system tune-ups, so you can avoid the stress of the unexpected.