You might also be surprised to learn that most manufacturers produce a variety of diesel-fueled cars to purchase abroad.
Diesel-fueled vehicles haven’t been as popular in North American markets like Iowa. But that won’t be true for long. Since 2018, North Americans have been seeing a lot more diesel-fueled vehicles on the road. And we’re not talking about buses and trucks. These vehicles will be passenger cars, pick-ups, and SUV’s.
Diesel fuel has a higher energy density than gasoline. That translates to more power per barrel of fuel. In your tank, that translates to better engine performance and about 20% better fuel economy.
People in Ankeny may associate diesel engines with black smoke, noise, and a definite “shake, rattle, and roll.” That’s also a thing of the past. Modern diesel engines are smooth, quiet and produce cleaner emissions than gasoline engines. Also, forget that three-second wait behind a diesel vehicle at a stoplight. Modern types of diesel are just as quick to accelerate as other vehicles on Ankeny roads.
Diesel engines have other advantages over gasoline engines. Diesel engines are heavier than gasoline engines because they require more heavy-duty parts, but that means the engines are more durable and can last longer than gasoline engines. Also, diesel engines may be the engines of the future since they can burn many of the new bio-fuels.
Ankeny drivers who are considering buying a diesel-fueled vehicle should know that preventive maintenance and inspection schedules are different for a diesel engine than a gasoline engine. Diesel fuel is harder on emissions systems than gasoline, so the filters and other devices have to be changed and checked more often. Also, the fuel injection system operates at much higher pressures for diesel than for gasoline, so keeping it clean becomes a higher priority.
When you switch from a gas vehicle to a diesel, you’ll have to learn some new rules of vehicle care. But you won’t be alone. Most Ankeny service centers are aware that diesel is coming to North America and are already prepared to provide service for diesel engines. At All Pro Servicenter, we are well-versed in diesel technology. You can rely on our team of automotive professionals to provide quality service for diesel-powered vehicles.
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Diesel Frequently Asked Questions
There are two reasons for this. The first is a recent change in environmental laws (in 2018) that have upgraded emissions standards for diesel fuel in North America. Diesel fuel in North America used to have higher sulfur content than European fuel, meaning that it was a dirtier fuel to burn. That was okay for larger vehicles, but the lighter-weight engines in passenger vehicles just couldn’t tolerate it. That high sulfur content is now a thing of the past. Fuel producers are now required to sell cleaner diesel fuel. That opens the North American market to more diesel-powered vehicles. The second reason we’re going to see more of these vehicles is that they’re more fuel-efficient than their gasoline-powered counterparts.
Diesel fuel is thicker and denser than regular gasoline so the fuel pump will have a hard time getting the diesel/gasoline mixture through the system. This will clog up the fuel filter and could cause serious problems for your car down the road.
Diesel fuel, in general, is any liquid fuel specifically designed for use in a diesel engine. Diesel comes from the distillation of crude oil.
Bio-diesel can be manufactured from vegetable oils, including used cooking oil from Ankeny restaurants. Just think, one day you could fuel your vehicle on stuff that was once considered waste—one step closer to a cleaner environment here in Iowa. And if you think hybrid cars are environmentally sound, consider what a diesel-electric hybrid could mean.