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RAM Trucks 3.0L EcoDiesel Makes Ward’s Top 10 Engine List 2 Years Running

There was a lot of excitement generated back in 2013 when Chrysler announced that a diesel engine would be available on the 2014 half-ton Ram pickups. To get a diesel from any other manufacturer on the continent, you need to look at the ¾ ton offerings – Ford’s F250 or GM’s 2500 series.

There was some doubt cast when it was announced that Ram wasn’t giving the business to Cummins, who have an available 5 Litre power plant that’s just begging to be put in a Light truck, but instead would be using a smaller 3 Litre V6 engine from Italy’s VM Motori, a company that Chrysler/Fiat had a relationship with. Indeed, that relationship would become more solid almost immediately, as following the announcement that the Ram half-ton would use the company’s engine, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bought the company in its entirety, paying handsomely for the large portion that was previously owned by General Motors.

Despite initial reservations, the EcoDiesel has proven itself to be a very popular engine. Though outsold by Chrysler’s gasoline offerings, fuel conscious consumers can now choose to pay the premium price of the engine in exchange for head-turning mileage numbers – 20 mpg in the city, and 28 on the highway for the 2 wheel drive model. The four wheel drive numbers are equally impressive 19/27.

EcoDiesel performance is also very good. The 3.0 puts out 240 horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque, enough to haul 1600 pounds, and tow 9200 pounds. Drivability ratings have been fantastic, in large part thanks to Chrysler’s 8-Speed Torqueflite transmission.

Despite a relatively small (3000 units) recall caused by exhaust fumes entering the cabin, consumer reviews of the EcoDiesel equipped Ram have been very positive, and the power plant has made it to Ward’s list of the 10 best engines for both the 2014 and 2015 model years.

At IAMDiesel, we applaud Chrysler’s willingness to put a diesel engine in a smaller truck, and we’re hoping other manufacturers will follow suit. No matter the make or size of your diesel vehicle, we’re proud to support you with the best service in Manitoba. We are located in the Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo, 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556.

New Product! Parker/Racor Filter Element for Navistar Engines

Do you have a vehicle equipped with the Navistar 6.4L diesel engine?

If you do, you’ll be glad to know that Parker/Racor is now offering replacement fuel filter cartridges for the Navistar MaxxForce 7 Engine manufactured between 2010 and 2013.

These filters aren’t just every bit as good as the OEM parts installed on your vehicle. They are the OEM parts.

Why Parker Racor Filters?
Today’s diesel engines are manufactured to very close tolerances, and the injection systems are incredibly complex. These engines can have their performance drastically reduced, or even suffer expensive damage when contaminated fuel is introduced.

As a result, diesel fuels have increased in quality, but frontline protection in the form of on-board filtration is the best defense for your truck and your wallet. Most customers, when seeking protection for their investments, trust the manufacturer of their equipment to make recommendations about preventive maintenance. After all, they built the machine, so they know best how to keep it running optimally.

At IAMDiesel, we’re thrilled to add Parker Racor filters for Navistar engines to our list of available parts. No matter what make your vehicle, we consider it our mission to find the best solutions for your needs.

To get the most from your diesel vehicle, visit IAMDiesel.

We are located at Western Turbo & Fuel Injection Ltd., 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556.

Dieselgate – The Impact of Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Scandal

For years, Volkswagen was hailed as the last great champion of diesel technology for passenger cars. While the percentage of diesel cars on the road here in North America is relatively low, in Europe they represent almost half of the vehicles on the road.

VW coined the phrase “Clean Diesel”, and had that small part of the market here in North America cornered. Relatively few but fervent, millions of customers went to dealerships to see what the fuss was about. Volkswagen’s TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) power plants in passenger cars like the Jetta, Passat, and even the retro-styled New Beetle, as well as the Audi A3, were making impressive mileage numbers while complying with North America’s toughest emission laws, even in notoriously strict jurisdictions like California.

Combining the excellent performance, mileage, and longevity of diesel engines, Volkswagen was becoming the brand of choice for very discerning customers on this side of the Atlantic.

The problem was that they were cheating. They could not achieve the mileage and performance demanded of them and still maintain acceptable emissions, particularly in the two gases that comprise the oxides of nitrogen (Nox), nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide. In order to maintain the performance that customers wanted, Volkswagen included some devious software in their vehicles that could detect when they were being tested, and adjust the engine’s performance to ensure that the vehicle emissions are lowered so that the car passed the test.

When finally detected by the California Air Resources Board, Volkswagen at first denied that there was any shenanigans committed on their part, but when the Board threatened not to approve any cars for 2016, the company came clean (at least about the software).

In the end, the company is facing countless lawsuits in over 12 countries, and is on the hook to fix millions of cars. Consumers have lost faith in the automaker, and what’s worse, they’re calling the effectiveness and efficiency of the diesel engine into question.

At IAMDiesel, we’re still all about diesel. We know that it’s an economical, responsible alternative to gasoline engines, and we’re committed to helping you get the most from your vehicle.

Visit IAMDiesel at Western Turbo & Fuel Injection, 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

Buying A Diesel Vehicle?

There are a lot of reasons to choose a diesel engine as the power plant in your next vehicle. Diesel is more economical than a comparable gasoline powered vehicle, provides plenty of power for acceleration and towing (thanks to turbocharging), and diesel vehicles tend to last far longer than the average, and provide very reliable service.

There are a few things you should consider when shopping for a diesel car or truck:

Get it Inspected
Yes, diesel engines last a long time, but they’re not infallible. We recommend that you participate in the Canadian Automobile Association’s Pre-Purchase Inspection Program. The Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo is an Approved Auto Repair Service, which means that we meet the tough standards the CAA sets out for repair shops. They recognize our knowledge, experience, and level of expertise in dealing with our customers. We provide inspection of diesel vehicles to a large number of area car dealers, who recognize that we’re the experts in diesel.

CAA recommends that you have a Pre-Purchase Inspection before buying a used vehicle, before your warranty expires, and before any major repairs, to help you make informed decisions that work for you.

Use Only Quality Replacement Parts
Because they’re going to be called on to work long and hard, it’s important to use only the best quality parts when repairing your diesel vehicle’s powertrain. We pride ourselves in providing a wide variety of parts for your vehicle, all of which meet our (and your manufacturer’s) exacting standards for quality and longevity. Maintained correctly, your diesel engine is designed to provide you years of trouble free service. Don’t invite problems by using substandard components when fixing it.

For expert diesel service in Winnipeg, come to the diesel service centre at Western Turbo. Our facility is located at 325 Eagle Drive. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

5 Good Reasons to Choose a Diesel

1. Fewer Fill Ups
Diesel vehicles are more fuel-efficient than those with gasoline powered engines, especially when measured over long distances at highway speed. The higher compression ratio in the diesel power plant, coupled with the ability to burn leaner (a higher air: fuel ratio) means better efficiency. Because diesel fuel contains about 15% more energy by volume than gasoline means that you’ll fill up less frequently.

2. Increased Longevity
Diesel engines last longer than their gasoline counterparts. They’re built more ruggedly in order to withstand the high compression ratios, and so are often still delivering reliable performance long after a gas motor has gone to the automotive graveyard.

3. Clean Diesel
Everyone remembers the diesels of the past – smelly, loud, and slow. Today’s clean diesel technology means that you’ll often have trouble telling a running diesel from a gasoline powered vehicle. Emissions regulations have changed engine technology, and even the fuel itself. Some of the cleanest vehicles on the road are diesels.

4. Turbochargers
Diesel vehicles are known for their ability to provide lots of torque, but not high end power to provide speed, which is why in the past they were used extensively in big trucks and heavy equipment, but not often in passenger vehicles. With the advent of good, reliable turbochargers, this has changed. Sure, your diesel truck can pull out a tree stump unassisted, but it can also provide head-snapping acceleration.

5. The Best Service in the Business
IAmDIESEL is the Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo and Fuel Injection in Winnipeg. We’re your area diesel engine experts, equipped with 9 service bays and a staff full of highly trained technicians who can keep your diesel vehicle performing optimally. Whether you’ve got 4, 6, or 18 wheels, we’ve got you covered.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-665-7556.

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT!

Truck Edition, powered by Western Turbo, is happy to announce another long-awaited addition to our growing line of heavy-duty truck modules. P/N 35000 was recently released for sale and it’s already getting a lot of buzz!

This Truck Edition module will bring new life to your 2009-2014 D11, D13, and D16 Volvo engines – Yes, we said VOLVO! This module also fits 2009-2014 Mack MP7, MP8 & MP10 engines.

These Heavy Duty Truck Edition modules are designed for fuel economy with an increase in power of up to 30% over stock, all while delivering fuel economy benefits of 10 to 20%. The module is adjustable on-the-fly with a 4-position switch for Stock, Fuel Economy (+10% HP), Fuel Economy plus Power (+20% HP), and Power (+30% HP).

Truck Edition modules do not flash your ECM, instead the module receives the signals from the ECM and then optimizes the signals going to the engine to improve performance and efficiency. The Plug-and-Play design means there is no need to cut and splice any wires, just connect the Heavy Duty Truck Edition module into your existing factory connectors.

All this, plus a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a LIFETIME WARRANTY makes this purchase a no-brainer – call us for yours today!

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.

General Motors is Reportedly Looking to Diesel for more ½ Ton Economy

Recent improvements in Ford’s F-150 EcoBoost technology for its gas engines, and introduction of a small-displacement diesel engine in the Dodge RAM 1500 have left General Motors playing a game of catch-up in the ½ ton pickup segment.

Ford is getting around 30 mpg, and the RAM about 28. GM’s trucks are sitting around 24, putting them significantly behind the other North American manufacturers in a category that is increasingly valued by consumers. This circumstance has the company looking for ways to catch up in a hurry.

Following the 2014 RAM’s lead, it looks like the Silverado and Sierra could be in line for a diesel power plant, and maybe more than one option at that. In 2009, GM halted plans to offer a 4.5L diesel in its pickups, as it realigned itself in the wake of bankruptcy to consolidate models and concentrate on car production. There’s been some talk of “dusting off” this engine, which was on the verge of production, as well as the possibility of using a smaller, 2.8L I-4 engine that’s going to be optional equipment on the midsized Canyon and Colorado in 2016.

Whichever way they go, we’re happy to hear that GM is finally looking at diesel as a viable option for these popular pickups. Consumers want better mileage without sacrificing hauling and towing power, and that’s exactly what diesel delivers. A bold decision to put a diesel under the hood made the 2014 RAM the Motor Trend Truck of the Year®, and we’re betting a diesel powered Silverado/Sierra combination will be a winner for General Motors.

IAmDiesel have been champions of diesel engines in passenger cars and light trucks for years. We’re Winnipeg’s best option for repairs and maintenance to diesel vehicles of all types, and we know that diesel engines get better mileage and last longer than their gasoline powered equivalents.

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.

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Biodiesel Fight Heating Up

The National Biodiesel Board is teaming up with Diesel Technology Forum to “fight for clean diesel technology”. By joining the National Biodiesel Board hopes to help raise the awareness of the benefits of diesel over other fuels.