Bus won’t start in cold weather. That’s a problem.

The Yukon will be in the negatives when we make our journey this spring and if we get stranded in the middle of the Yukon Territory we’re done for. I had to get this issue resolved before we hit the road for the winter. I posted on Facebook asking who my friends in Salt Lake City recommend for the best diesel mechanics and almost everyone said Gillet Diesel service.

First off, I’d like to say something about Gillett Diesel Service in Utah. I will never take the bus to another diesel service shop other than Gillett. In the couple hours that I spent there I could see that they have the best and most knowledgeable mechanics. I asked a million questions and got a million honest answers. Gillett has been in business for 28 years and offer full server out of their 16 bays.

The goal with the bus was to replace the bad block heater, do a full run through on the startup process and eliminate any issues that they found. Austin, who was the tech working on the bus, not only gave it a thorough inspection but he also gave me a lot of good advice and tips for when I’m on the road and having to troubleshoot issues on my own such as changing the fuel filters.

Gillett Diesel Service also had a massive warehouse with every part you’d ever need for repairs and I realized that this cut my time in the shop down immensely. No need to have a parts truck running around the valley while I waited.

They also have an area dedicated for fuel injector pump rebuilds and testing as well as another dedicated area for turbos.

I was completely blown away by the vast amount of knowledge the owner Rich had on the bus motor and his honest input on what I could do to make sure we’re not stranded in the Yukon. I was in and out of there in no time and the bus has been starting up much better than it was before. Gillett Diesel Service is hands down, the best place in Utah to take your diesel to. I’d like to thank all the mechanics there and the owner, Rich for the help. We should be smooth sailing this winter!

16 bays makes getting in and out a breeze.



Austin giving Bruce The Bus a full once over.



Cummins, Duramax, John Deere. Looks like the service any diesel engine.



Warehouse right next door.


Parts from floor to ceiling...


Need a turbo for your diesel?


Gillett also specializes in rebuilding and fixing turbos.


Organization at it's finest.




Gillet also has an area dedicated to fuel pump injectors whether rebuilds or testing.


Could you put it back together?


The crew. These guys know their stuff. Highly recommended. Hell, that's why I wrote a blog about them!