Summer’s here, which means we’ve reached the midpoint of the year and can start looking ahead to the 2017 diesel truck models.

And while it’s tough to sort fact from rumor at this stage, it looks like the 2017 line of diesel trucks will pack more power than ever.

TheTopSpeed.com is even going as far as to suggest that the new 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7L V8 PowerStroke Turbo Diesel will have more than 500 horsepower and, get this, 1,000 pound-feet of torque. The 1,000 pound-feet of torque, at least coming from the factory, would have been unfathomable a few years ago, but apparently that’s what we could expect from this next line.

2017 Ford Super Duty Diesel

Courtesy Ford

According to Ford, the 6.7L PowerStroke Turbo Diesel will see an upgraded powertrain and feature a TorqShift 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and is the “smartest, most capable tow rig ever in a Super Duty.”

As it stands today, the Dodge Ram HD is the current frontrunner in the torque race with 900 pound-feet of torque. For 2017, it doesn’t sound like there will be massive changes to the Ram 3500 HD 6.7L Cummins I6 Turbo Diesel engine, then again there haven’t been a ton of updates from the Ram camp so that remains to be seen. If anyone has updates on the 2017 model, please send them our way.

2017 Ram 3500

Courtesy Dodge

In any case, expect the same power or even more from the Ram 3500 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel, which currently touts best-in-class max towing, according to Ram, with 900 pound-feet of maximum diesel torque and maximum towing capacity of over 31,000 pounds.

Not to be outdone, GM is set to roll out an upgraded 6.6L Duramax V8 diesel for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HDs.

2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD

Courtesy GMC

The 2017 Silverado HD will feature a new patented air intake system, according to Chevy, which will allow for cooler air to help “the engine run better under load, especially in conditions where engine and transmission temperatures can rise quickly. Running cooler allows the Duramax diesel to maintain full power and vehicle speed for capable trailering in even the toughest conditions.”

According to Truck Trend, they’re “expecting the new 6.6L Duramax to easily top 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque” and “confident it will be the most powerful, most refined and most capable Duramax to date.”

2017 Chevy Silverado

Courtesy Chevy

All in all, it looks like the entire diesel truck line for 2017 should bring plenty of power to the table.

We’ll be bringing you more details about the 2017 line of diesel trucks when launched later this year. In the meantime, share your thoughts with us on Facebook about next year’s models and the features that are announced as we get these trucks hitting the road.

White smoke from an LB7 Duramax engine often indicates faulty injectors.

We’ve heard of rollin’ coal, but rollin’ snow? Not a good sign.

Blowing white smoke is a red flag for your diesel engine, yet we see this happen all the time to our customers.

In many cases, white smoke emanating from the tailpipe (often at idle once the engine reached operating temperature) typically means a worn out injector.

Now this isn’t always the case, but after some trouble shooting we’re usually the go-to shop when diesel drivers need refurbished, rebuilt, or new injectors.


White smoke often occurs when there is either too much fuel being injected into the combustion chamber, or not enough heat to burn the fuel.  Un-burned fuel travels through the exhaust system & exits out the tailpipe which will produce a scent of rich, un-burnt diesel. Other causes of white smoke include lack of compression, or water/coolant entering the combustion chamber.


Black smoke indicates excess fuel is being injected into the combustion chamber and/or not enough air is present.   This can be caused by worn/leaking injectors or restrictions in the air intake system.


Blue smoke is normally the result of engine oil entering & burning inside the combustion chamber.  This is most often caused by low compression, or worn piston rings.

But what we see more often than not are issues related to worn injectors.

Once the problem injector(s) are confirmed (by checking the balance rates and/or capping the feed line to injectors one by one, or bench testing), it’s time to get it fixed.

As we’ve written previously, we test the heck out of injectors with state-of-the-art equipment you won’t find anywhere else. We also stand behind all of our injectors with the best expanded warranty in the business.

When you are shopping for replacement injectors, it’s best to go with a shop that has experience & utilizes the latest testing equipment.

Rest assured, InjectorsDirect.com has all the equipment necessary to clean and accurately test common rail (Duramax and Cummins 2001-present, including piezo) and H.E.U.I. (Ford 7.3 & 6.0) injectors.

You can learn more on our injector testing equipment page, and we’re always happy to provide an accurate assessment of your injector performance, and honest advice on your best repair or replacement options for your budget.

We’ve been doing this since 2009, and have seen just about everything when it comes to failing fuel injectors.

So the last thing we’re going to do is blow smoke.

Contact us for more information, and we’ll get you back on the road again in no time.