Diesel engines like the Chevy/GMC Duramax pack a lot of power in a pickup truck. From the GMC Canyon small pickup to the GMC Sierra HD, this engine provides your vehicle with incredible advantages. At Moose Jaw Truck Shop, we understand the special needs of diesel engines, and our experienced mechanics make sure we diagnose and repair any issues with accuracy the first time. Our goal is to get you back on the road, and your truck or vehicle running to its optimum performance. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of the Duramax engine.
The Duramax Offers Low-End Torque
The term torque refers to a measurement of your engine’s ability to move heavy loads from payloads in a pickup or a heavy trailer that’s attached to your hitch. When you have more torque, it’s a great thing, but too much in the lower area of the engine’s rev band makes it a lot easier to launch a loaded truck. This makes it an awesome choice when you are pully a heavy trailer on surfaces like an interstate on-ramp. The newest GMC Duramax provides a plethora of pulling power with an incredible 910 lb-ft. of torque. Even the smaller versions like the GMC Canyon have an incredible 369 lb-ft. of torque.
Most diesel trucks offer higher trailering ratings when compared to similar trucks using a gas-powered engine. A two-wheel drive Canyon crew cab with a 3.6-liter gasoline V-6 engine features a maximum trailering rate of 7000 pounds. In comparison, a two-wheel drive Canyon crew cab that includes the Duramax Diesel 2.8-liter engine has a maximum trailering rate of 7700 pounds. This is the highest towing rate of any midsize pickup, so it’s easy to see why the Duramax boasts a truly impressive trailering ability.
In addition to its amazing trailering capacity, Duramax engines also offer:
- Exhaust braking: Duramax Diesel vehicles include an exhaust brake. This feature leverages the engine compression to help slow the vehicle down safely. It also offers the driver much better control, especially on steep hills and long, steep stretches while reducing wear on the brake system overall.
- Better efficiency: The GMC Canyon Diesel features a 2.8-liter turbo, four-cylinder engine with an incredible EPA-estimated fuel economy rating. It gives you an amazing 31 mpg highway which can save you money on gas and less time needed to refuel.
If you’re in need of GMC/Chevy Duramax engine repair or service, make sure you contact Moose Jaw Truck Shop and give us a call at 306-694-4644 to schedule your appointment today!