In the past, commercial vehicles and large trucks run on diesel engines more than other cars. Nowadays, than to advances in technology, there has been an influx of passenger vehicles running on diesel engines. Due to the notion that diesel engines are only fit for large trucks, most people are hesitant, especially when purchasing a second-hand car. Also, the Volkswagen gas emissions have not helped in convincing more people to use cars that run on diesel engines. Let us look at the suitability of used diesel engines on equipment such as generators, farming equipment, and turf equipment.
Diesel Engines – Advantages
- Saves Money. Although the cost of diesel is higher than that of petrol at the pump, it is cheaper to use diesel in the long run. This is because diesel engines use less fuel to generate power, where you end up consuming less fuel. This is contrary to petrol engines that use more fuel for an equal amount of energy where the engines end up using more fuel.
- Lower Maintenance. Diesel engines do not have an ignition system initiated by sparks; in its place, ignition of fuel is done using compressed hot air. As a result, there are fewer electrical failures, which translate to fewer maintenance costs where you end up with an efficient engine. Usually, the period between maintenance services becomes much longer.
- Diesel engines have been seen to be more economical when travelling for long distances. You will save 30 percent more fuel when using a diesel engine for long distances than when using a petrol-fuelled vehicle.
- Reduced Fire Outbreaks. A diesel engine has a more elevated flashpoint than petrol, which reduces the possibility of the fuel igniting and causing a fire. However, this is not a reason to be careless as it can catch fire when exposed to direct heat for a long time. It just means that a spark is unlikely to cause a fire.
- Greater Torque. The ability of a diesel engine to burn fuel slowly and its high compression enables it to produce greater torque in contrast to other engines. Apart from the horsepower produced by diesel engines, its ability to accelerate and pull loads is another reason why most drivers prefer diesel engines on large trucks.
- Environment Friendly. As a result of their more favourable fuel economy, diesel engines may be considered to be friendlier to the environment. Although their emissions are dirtier than those produced by petrol engines, they produce less per kilometre as opposed to petrol engines, which consume more fuel per kilometre. Therefore it is more safe and better to the environment than other types of fuel.
Do Diesel Engines Last Longer?
Yes, they do. As light oil, diesel lubricates the engine in its burning process when utilized as fuel by the engine. Due to this, the lifespan of the engine is increased. On the other hand, with petrol engines, oil in the engine is washed away by the petrol as it is a detergent. When the engine has no oil, it results in excessive friction, which wears engine parts faster. You can avoid this by using a diesel engine.
When using petrol, the engine can travel up to 300,000 kilometres before burning oil and wearing out. However, a diesel engine manages about 5000,000 kilometres without wearing out and experiencing oil burn. When you properly maintain your engine, it can run for about 30 years. When using diesel it is cheaper and can serve it purpose.
Diesel Cars – The Future
If you wish to buy a diesel car, there is no need to worry since a ban on the selling of diesel and petrol cars will only affect new cars in 2035. Therefore, even if you buy a diesel car right now, you will still sell it in 2035 as it will always be in good condition. Alternatively, you will also be able to purchase a second-hand diesel car even after the ban comes into effect. Having this in mind, buying a diesel car at the moment will not inconvenience you in the future.
Diesel engines emit Nitrous Oxide (NOx) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2). A diesel car produces 15-20% less carbon dioxide than one using petrol under similar circumstances. The primary health concern is the Nitrogen Oxide, as it is said that it compromises the quality of air in areas with high population density, such as in cities and towns. This will be a thing of the past as newer models of diesel cars have 84% less Nitrogen Oxide emissions. Their advanced filtration exhaust systems enabled filtration of the gas better than those manufactured about twenty years ago.
Diesel Engines – Applications
The most common uses of diesel engines are in power generators, mechanical engines, and motor vehicles. Their use is widespread in locomotives, automobiles, construction equipment, and many other industrial applications. Almost every industry uses a diesel engine in one way or the other.
Power generators that operate on diesel fuel are most commonly used in various industrial premises. These types of generators help to provide power for small establishments such as homes as well as larger loads like hospitals, industrial plants, schools, and commercial buildings. The generators can be used as a primary source of power or as a back-up when electric power goes off.
Just like with electricity, diesel generators can either be single-phase, for home use, or three-phase, for generators that power industrial premises.
When deciding on whether or not to buy a second-hand diesel car, you should not hesitate to do so based on fears about quality. A diesel car with several years of use is just as efficient as a brand new one. Also, if you have other equipment that runs on diesel engines, you can still operate the machinery using old diesel engines. Contact us for reconditioned diesel engines and maintenance of the old ones. We have skilled and dedicated personnel who will offer their practical and technical advice about your diesel engine.