It's Going To Get Colder, Is Your Diesel Ready?

One thing we can guarantee is that the Canadian prairies will get colder before it gets warmer.  There are few timely checks that you can do to your diesel ride that will ensure minimal downtime.  These checks and tests can save you time and money by identifying issues before they become a problem.

  • First inspect the tires for tread depth and proper inflation, remember tire pressure is affected by ambient temperature. Be sure to inspect the sidewall condition, and verify all lug nuts are correctly torqued.
  • Verify proper oil levels on the front axle, transmission, transfer case, rear axle, and power steering as required.
  • Check to make sure your windshield washer fluid is rated for winter use, and replace it if not.  
  • Perform a walk around inspection, checking all lights.
  • Test block heater and cord, and inspect the condition of the air filter.  
  • If you haven't already done so, now is the right time to service the engine with a proper winter grade oil, and lubricate the chassis.
  • Top up DEF as required.
  • Carefully inspect the belts and coolant hoses for cracks and overall condition.
  • Check batteries are properly secured, and inspect cables and connections. If in doubt about the battery condition, perform a load test.
  • Test the coolant strength and verify adequate additive protection levels with a test strip. In the cab, inspect the cabin air filter, and if it is more than a year old, you should replace it.
  • Check that all defrost/ vent/ heat settings operate correctly, and check that the fan operates at all speeds. Make sure the heater control valve opens properly.
  • Consider a box of emergency supplies suitable for our climate, particularly if you travel on the highway, or infrequently traveled roads
For more advice on how you can get the most out of your ride,contact the experts at Western Turbo.