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Volkswagen is fuming over the Obama Administration’s proposal to double auto fuel efficiency, saying the plan unfairly values hybrid and all-electric cars over clean diesel, a technology VW has pioneered.

Volkswagen is committed to continually making fuel efficient vehicles, such as the new mid-size, clean diesel Passat TDI, available to the U.S. market. Built in Chattanooga, TN, the Passat TDI achieves 43 mpg highway and can travel almost 800 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The Obama Administration unveiled a proposed rule that would require automakers to double the average fuel economy of their vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, estimating that the change would add $2,000 to the average price of a car.

The proposal brought howls of protest from automakers who warned the changes would price millions of Americans out of the new-car market, keeping older, less fuel-efficient cars on the road longer.

VW, Europe’s largest automaker and the fastest-growing automaker in the United States, already offers turbodiesel cars, station wagons and SUVs that routinely get nearly 50 miles per gallon on the highway.

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With looming fuel efficiency standards dictating future car products, major automakers are investing a lot of time and money into developing EV’s and hybrid cars. Well…except for Chrysler. Instead, the Pentastar brand has announced that the Jeep Grand Cherokee will offer a diesel engine option in 2013, with other models to follow.

3 Simple Steps to Keep Your Diesel Truck Hauling

That shiny new diesel truck sitting in your driveway, the envy of all your friends, sure is a beast. It can pull a house, navigate those steep inclines and run forever, right? Well …

Diesel engines are tough, powerful, and durable – but they need regular maintenance to stay that way. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep that big honkin’ beauty running for the long haul:

1. Check Coolant Regularly – Diesel engines run hotter than their gas equivalents because of the pressure levels necessary for combustion, so a healthy cooling system is essential for good performance. Replace the filter per manufacturer specs, and with recommended OEM replacements. Maintain engine coolant at proper levels and check for contaminants.

2. Top Off That Tank – Water condensation build-up in your fuel tank will eventually get to your injectors, which means improper combustion. Maintaining your fuel level will help prevent this, as well replacing fuel filters at the proper intervals.

3. Use a High-Amp Battery – Diesels use glow plugs to heat the incoming air for proper combustion. They need amps, and lots of them. A battery with a high amp rating is key to cold starting your diesel engine.

Remember, your diesel engine was built to operate with high pressure compression, to give you the kind of torque you paid those extra bucks for in the first place. So protect that investment by following your manufacturer’s recommended service schedule and replacing filters, gaskets and fluids as required.

Maintenance: The Key to Extending the Life of Your Diesel Truck

You finally got that diesel truck you’ve been drooling over. It’s big. It’s bad. And it’ll last forever, right? Well…almost. Diesel engines are built to last, that is true, but like any engine it does require ongoing maintenance in order to reach its life potential. If you expect to be riding around in that beauty for a number of years after it’s paid for, you’ll want to treat her right.

Here are a few tips to make sure that truck has a long healthy life.

  1. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for routine maintenance. They built the engine; they know what it needs to keep it in good running condition. Change the oil and oil filters according to the schedule in the manual. Better quality approved lubricants can also be a very good option. Do a periodic oil analysis to test for contaminants. Don’t neglect that fuel filter either. She’s your baby, make sure she gets changed!
  2. Pay attention to those gauges, they aren’t there for decoration. Monitor your engine coolant levels and exhaust temps; keep an eye on your pressure gauges for oil and boost as well.
  3. Using a high quality, OE approved fuel conditioner, like Stanadyne Performance Formula or Lubricity Formula available at The Diesel Service Centre is a sure way to avoid expensive injector or fuel injection pump replacement.
  4. Quality parts make a quality engine. Don’t settle for a cheaper price, if it also means cheaper quality. Look for those lifetime warranty parts. If you’ve replaced it once, you don’t want to have to pay for another replacement down the line.
  5. Don’t let just any mechanic work on your truck. Talk with a few friends who’ve had their trucks for awhile, get their recommendations. The technicians at The Diesel Service Centre are trained to meet the specific needs of diesel engine care.

These are just the basics, but if you take care of the minors, you likely prevent some of those majors from happening. The Diesel Service Centre found at www.IamDiesel.com can direct you to solutions to keep your investment in top condition.