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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.

Mazda To Delay SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Launch In North America


Mazda Canada Inc. has announced that the launch of its SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine in North America is being further delayed from its Spring 2014 announced debut timing.

While Mazda understands its SKYACTIV-D can meet emission regulation requirements without the use of a NOx after-treatment system, it has decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.

Further information on the program, including a timeline of launch for North America, technical specifications and fuel economy will be available at a later date, closer to launch.

Turbocharged Gas and Diesel are the Way of the Future: VW

If the designers at Volkswagen have anything to say about it, normally aspirated gasoline and diesel engines will be a thing of the past in just a few years, replaced with more powerful and efficient turbocharged models.

As Volkswagen is the third largest automaker in the world, there’s a pretty good chance that their designers will have their say. Other companies are expected to follow suit.

Turbocharged diesel engines have been with us a long time. Heavy trucks use them as standard equipment. The power plants associated with tractor-trailers are increasingly high-tech, with on-board computers providing a constant stream of data that allows the engine to adjust for driving conditions in real time. As a result, these more efficient engines last longer – it’s completely within the norm for a transport truck’s engine to operate for over a million miles.

Volkswagen’s award-winning and popular clean diesel technology has pioneered the return of the turbocharger for use in passenger cars. Recently, Ford introduced its EcoBoost gasoline engines, which use a turbocharger and onboard computer to maximize fuel economy while providing the power that drivers are accustomed to getting from much larger, inefficient normally-aspirated (non turbo) engines.

Volkswagen has only a couple of offerings in their extensive lineup of cars that don’t use a turbocharger, and have plans to replace these models with turbo engines in the next two to three years. As VW is on a roll, it’s likely that other automakers will see the wisdom of their ways, and follow suit.

At IAmDiesel, we’re happy to see carmakers making good design choices. For too many years, passenger cars have been designed with disposability in mind. As Winnipeg’s premiere provider of repairs to turbocharged diesel engines, we’re happy to see automakers making good decisions. Not just because we make our living fixing them, but because we like to see automakers building cars worth fixing.

Expect More Diesel Cars on North American Roads

The three big German automakers have brought the advantages of modern diesel engines to the North American market in a big way, and the enthusiastic response from the buying public has made an impact on the strategies of automakers worldwide.

Because of fantastically high gasoline prices in Europe, diesel vehicles are very common there. Mercedes has been offering diesel as a serious option here in North America for decades, and BMW has had some success in following suit. Volkswagen, in particular, has found that diesel engines are a great selling principle on this side of the Atlantic, and has been catapulted to the status of the world’s third largest automaker, in large part due to the success of their diesel offerings.

Skyrocketing energy costs, the economic disaster of 2008, and a more intense focus on the environment and climate change has led North American consumers to examine the efficiency of their cars. With an average fuel mileage advantage around 30%, and a much lower premium price than hybrids or electric vehicles, diesel powered autos are very attractive to cost conscious consumers.

As a result, other carmakers are testing the waters and offering some diesel products, and are expected to expand them over the next few years. In 2014, Chrysler is bringing a 3 liter diesel to market in its Ram pickups, Chevrolet is introducing a diesel option for its popular Cruze, and Mazda will have a diesel powered sedan, the Mazda6.

IAmDiesel welcomes these changes. We’ve 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, so we know that diesel vehicles get better mileage, last longer, and are friendlier to the environment than gasoline powered equivalents. We’re happy to see that carmakers, and the general public, have caught on.

Diesel Popularity – A Shift in Thinking (and Maintenance)

At IAmDIESEL, we applaud the recent gains that diesel engines have made in global popularity. Long favoured in long-haul highway applications, agriculture, and “big ‘ol” pickup trucks, North American drivers are finally taking cues from Europe regarding diesel performance in all kinds of automotive applications.

If you’re used to gasoline engines, you’re probably attracted to the better gas mileage and durability of diesel engines. Recent technology developments have removed the “dirty” stigma attached to them, and many auto makers have made them available.

So you’ve chosen a diesel. Great! But before you head down the road, don’t forget to check the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Here are some of the basic differences when compared with the gasoline engines you may be more familiar with:

1) Oil Changes
The recommended oil change frequency for diesels is higher than gasoline engines. There are extreme pressures and temperatures in a diesel engine, which can cause the oil to lose its viscosity (the property of “thickness” that protects internal engine parts) more quickly. Always ensure that you are using the recommended oil type. Diesel engine oils turn black right away, so colour isn’t an indicator that a change is required like it is with gas engines.

2) Filters
Oil filters should be changed every time you change the oil, as is the case with gasoline. Fuel filters will be scheduled for more frequent replacement, as diesel can contain more solids and corrosive particles than gasoline. Air filters have similar schedule changes than gasoline cars, but the room for laziness is less. Particles trapped in a diesel engines air filter can be sucked into the engine when it becomes clogged, and damage it.

3) Fuel Injection Systems
Diesel engines work differently than gasoline ones, especially in the area of fuel injection. Instead of being sprayed into the intake and then compressed and then ignited by a spark (like a gasoline engine) diesel injectors spray fuel into a cylinder full of air that’s already been compressed, igniting because the compression results in a high temperature. Diesel engines don’t have spark plugs that require changes, but the injectors will need to be protected by regular fuel filter changes, and periodically changed.

4) Exhaust Fluid
Many diesel engines require a urea exhaust fluid as a means of pollution control. Gas engines don’t.

5) Fuel Additives
Unlike gasoline, diesel fuel is also used to lubricate many of the components in the high pressure injection system. Many manufacturers recommend a fuel additive for increased lubrication such as Standyne’s “lubricity formula”.

These stricter maintenance requirements pay dividends. Whether you chose a diesel engine in a truck or a car, you’ll realize substantial savings at the pump, as well as increased engine longevity and higher resale value (on average).

IamDIESEL is the service branch of Western Turbo, Winnipeg’s premier diesel centre. Our professional technicians are the most knowledgeable in the business, with access to the best parts. Whatever diesel vehicle you own, we pride ourselves on being the best place to bring it for service.

ADS News – Yanmar America Announces Partnership with The Toro Company

By BusinessWirevia The Motley Fool
Posted 12:05PM 10/16/12 Posted under: Investing

Yanmar America Announces Partnership with The Toro Company to Provide Tier 4 Compliant Diesel Engines for Commercial Applications

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yanmar America Corp., a division of Yanmar Company Ltd., is pleased to announce a partnership with The Toro Company to provide diesel engines for select commercial turf maintenance equipment. The Yanmar diesel engines will allow Toro to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions regulations which go into effect January 1, 2013.

Yanmar will provide Toro with EPA compliant diesel engine models. The low total lifecycle ownership cost of Yanmar’s diesel engines along with innovative technology and reduced environmental impact were deciding factors in Toro’s decision to form a partnership with Yanmar. The first Toro products to feature Yanmar’s Tier 4 compliant diesel engine technology will be select commercial mowers over 25 horsepower.

Diesel Car Sales Up in 2011

The sale of diesel cars in 2011 rose dramatically compared to just a year ago, increasing by nearly 40 percent. The best-selling diesel model in 2011 was the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, with almost 60,000 units sold. Its stable-mate, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, while not selling nearly as well, still managed to rank second in sales with close to 1,000 sold. Third-best selling car was the BMW X5 xDrive35d, selling about 600 units.

Industry experts point to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan as a major factor, as hybrid vehicle availability was significantly reduced as a result. Despite this advantage, the Toyota Prius still managed sales of almost 75,000 units. Supply issues have likewise affected some electric car sales, notably the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera.

Though they are expected to gain significantly in sales overall, it remains to be seen whether the economy will remain a force in car-buyers’ opting for more affordable gas-powered models, or if recovery from the supply issues that have plagued some green alternatives will boost their sales even further.

Buyers Guide: 2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI Clean Diesel

If you’re looking over the choices in green alternatives for your next car, you’ll inevitably arrive at Volkswagen. VW has long been among the few automakers with diesel models available in the U.S.

The 2012 Golf TDI Clean Diesel is among the finest entries in its class, and worthy of consideration. Let’s take a look at some key facts and features about the 2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI.

Body Style – The 2012 Golf TDI is available in a 2-door 4-door hatchback. The exterior and interior dimensions for both models are identical, including cargo capacity and wheelbase.

Powertrain – Standard engine is 2.0L, making 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of  torque. Transmission is a 6-speed manual version, or optional 6-speed DSG (direct shift gearbox) automatic. Sixth gear in both models produces lower rpm and a smoother ride at highway speeds.

Fuel Economy – Another benefit of Golf TDI’s gearing is enhanced fuel economy, with an EPA estimated highway rating of 42 mpg. City driving reduces fuel savings down to about 30 mpg, however. Driving range on a full 14.5-gallon tank should be close to 600 miles.

Price – You won’t save money opting for the Volkswagen Golf TDI over other cars in its class. Starting at $23,995 for the base model, and going up to $29,165 for the 4-door auto with the tech package, it’s one of the higher-priced green compacts.

Verdict – Smooth-riding, stylish and versatile, the Golf TDI is fun as well as practical to drive. It isn’t the cheapest option, and it won’t get you the same fuel economy around town as the hybrids, but it does compensate somewhat with longer range between gas-ups.