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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.

The Right Way to Fix a Cummins Head Gasket

Head gasket failures don’t happen often, but when they do, they require action.  Replacement of a head gasket on a Cummins Turbo Diesel engine is relatively straightforward, and not unlike the same job on any other diesel or gasoline engine.  The main difference is the size of the cylinder head on the Cummins – it’s big and heavy, and will require the use of an engine hoist or other lifting device to remove from the vehicle.

A head gasket, as the name implies, is the seal between the cylinder head, which sits atop the engine, and the engine block itself.  The main purpose of this seal is to keep the engine coolant, which needs to circulate through both the block and head, inside the special passages, called water jackets, that allow it to pass from one to the other.  When the gasket fails, coolant will leak either to the outside of the engine, or into the cylinders themselves, where it will boil off and some out the tailpipe as steam.

A brave DIY mechanic, with some experience and the right tools, can usually handle the job.  Warning – this is not a morning’s work.  The uninitiated can expect to spend more than a day under the hood of the truck.


There are a number of attachments to the engine that will have to be removed, including the turbocharger, the exhaust manifolds, and the intake manifold.  There is a proper sequence for removal of the head nuts from their studs.  All nuts bolts should be labeled and kept organized for reinstallation.  Now is a good time to replace the studs with higher quality aftermarket ones. ARP studs from American Racing Products are standard.

Lifting the head off the engine block will require an engine hoist, and often some good persuasion, as the existing gasket might hold them together.

Replacing the Gasket

The mating surface between the head and the block needs to be thoroughly cleaned, with care taken not to get debris into the cylinders.  A vacuum can be used to remove anything that falls in.

Reinstalling the Head

Replacement is the reverse of removal.  Once the head is torqued down (be very aware of the specific order and torque specifications) the valve lash must be set – relatively complex procedure that involves rotating the engine by hand, and checking the clearance on the rocker arms from the valve stems before tightening them.

If you need your head gasket replaced or any other work done to your diesel vehicle, visit IamDIESEL Diesel Service Centre, the service branch of Western Turbo, Winnipeg’s premier diesel centre.

How to Recognize Diesel Fuel Problems

At IAmDIESEL Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo, we hear a lot of kudos.  About what we do to help our customers keep their diesel vehicles in tip-top repair, sure, but more often we hear our customers rave about how happy they are with their diesel vehicles.  If sales figures are any indication, the interest in diesel as an alternative to gasoline as the fuel of choice for many Canadians is only going to intensify.

On the flip side, we also hear when our customers aren’t happy.  When their diesel vehicles aren’t performing as expected, they’ll bring them to us.  Many times, the fault is not with the vehicle itself, but with the fuel they’ve been putting in it.  Today’s diesel vehicles are precision engineered, performance-oriented machines.  If the fuel provided to the vehicle isn’t up to the task, there are going to be problems.  Here are some of the tell-tale signs of problems with your fuel supply:

The fuel itself:

Does the diesel fuel you’re putting in seem darker in colour than usual?  Does it appear hazy when you hold it up to the light?  Does it smell bad compared to the fuel you’re used to putting in your vehicle?  If it does, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s past its prime, or has picked up some contamination.  Even something as simple as a little bit of water in a large tank of diesel fuel can have a negative impact on fuel appearance and more importantly, vehicle performance.

Symptoms on the road:

Does your vehicle lack its usual “get up and go”, and have you recently changed fuel suppliers?  A loss of power and difficulty in getting to your desired RPM range often signifies bad fuel. Excess smoke from the tailpipe, poor fuel economy, and a prematurely clogged particulate filter can also be a sign of fuel troubles.

Engine Damage

Using poor quality fuel over a protracted period will have an impact on your engine.  The biggest indicator that there’s been an ongoing fuel quality problem is dirty and pitted injectors.

IamDIESEL Diesel Service Centre is the service branch of Western Turbo, Winnipeg’s premier diesel centre.  We are diesel professionals, knowledgeable and passionate about all things diesel. No matter what diesel vehicle you own, we pride ourselves on being the best place to bring it for service.

The New Standard in Fuel Filtration is a SNAPP

There are a lot of good reasons for choosing a small diesel engine for agricultural, construction, and marine use.  We all know just how durable diesel is, and longevity and fuel economy translate directly into dollars in our pockets.  Whether you’re working or playing, reliable operation at a low cost is a mighty attractive offer, and today’s small diesel’s deliver.  In the past few decades, small diesel engines have benefited from many improvements in technology, and have evolved to the point that they can squeeze an amazing amount of performance out of an ounce of diesel fuel.

These technological advances, primarily in the area of fuel injection, mean that a steady supply of the highest quality fuel is mandatory. Today’s small diesels won’t tolerate impurities in their fuel.

For the best, and easiest, fuel filtration technology for diesel engines up to 140 hp, or consuming up to 26 gallons of fuel per hour, there’s the SNAPP fuel filter by Parker Racor, a leader in fuel filtration technology.

SNAPP fuel filters are simple to install, and even simpler to replace – removal and reinstallation is simply a snap.  There’s no need for extensive priming procedures – simply plug it in and it will start protecting your engine right away.

SNAPP filters use a patented technology, a filtration media called Aquablock, that ensures that damaging water and solid impurities in your diesel or biodiesel fuel don’t reach your sensitive injectors.  These filters are able to filter in 2, 10, and 30-micron specifications, eliminating the risk of impurities wreaking havoc in your diesel or biodiesel application.

SNAPP filters can be installed anywhere along your fuel supply line, and measure only 8” x 4”, so you can get them where you need them.  Your first installation kit comes with everything you need – a bracket for mounting, and a priming tool for exchange.  Subsequent filters come with media replacement.

At Western Turbo, we see a lot of engines after they’ve been damaged by poor fuel.  We don’t hesitate to recommend SNAPP fuel filters for their exceptional filtration capacity. Contact Geoff at Western Turbo for more information.