To diesel or not to diesel; that is the question. Although not as common in the United States as they are in Europe, you will see diesel cars on the road every once in a while. If you’ve always wondered why someone would choose to drive a diesel car, there are benefits to them. Benton Road Auto Repair works on diesel engines, and we love the following four benefits they offer.
1. Better Gas Mileage
When maintained, a diesel engine offers better gas mileage than gasoline engines do. Depending on maintenance and driving habits, the increased fuel efficiency can be as much as 30 percent. Tests show that some diesel engines can even get better gas mileage than electric-fuel hybrid vehicles, so if you have a long daily commute, a diesel car will likely save you money at the pump.
2. Diesel Fuel Is Energy Dense
Diesel fuel and gasoline prices are nearly the same. If they aren’t, diesel fuel generally runs a bit cheaper. When you couple this with the fact that diesel fuel is also denser in energy, you really see the cost savings. Denser energy means a full tank of diesel fuel will last longer than a full tank of gasoline. The fuel does not burn as quickly, so you’ll get more mileage out of a full tank of diesel fuel.
3. Less Maintenance
A gasoline-fuelled engine has spark plugs and a distributor cap to ignite it. When you put the key in the ignition and turn it on, spark plug wires and the spark plugs generate a spark to ignite the fuel in the fuel injectors. This starts your engine. Diesel engines do not have spark plugs or distributor caps. This means you will never have to replace these parts once they wear down.
Although more applicable to commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks, diesel engines have the ability to produce higher torque at low speeds better than gasoline engines can. In the automobile service industry, we call this higher compression, which is fancy for saying your diesel vehicle will get moving from a stopped position more quickly and easily than a gasoline automobile will.
Located in Bossier City. LA, Benton Road Auto Repair takes pride in our ability to maintain and service both diesel and gasoline engines. If this blog post has made you think about driving diesel don’t worry. You’ve got an auto shop ready to maintain your new vehicle.