Difference Between Gas-Powered Cars and Diesel
Diesel vehicles often get a reputation for being less fuel-efficient than gasoline cars, but we say this is an unfair accusation. Though both gasoline and diesel engines mix and compress fuel and air inside their cylinders, a gas engine uses a spark plug to generate the energy that keeps your car moving, while a diesel engine builds pressure in the fuel-air mixture itself to generate heat. Although diesel fuel is usually more expensive than regular gasoline, a gallon of diesel will take you further than a gallon of gasoline will. Many carmakers, including Ford, Chevrolet, RAM, VW, and others, have several diesel vehicles, making diesel a viable option for many.
Types of Diesel Engines
There are several types of diesel engines that different car brands use for their diesel vehicles. Ford cars will typically use Power Stroke engines. These engines have been manufactured by Ford since 2010. Additionally, today's Power Stroke engines are known for their fuel efficiency, power, and lightness. Chevrolet uses Duramax diesel engines, which feature low torque and allow your vehicle to carry more weight, exhaust braking, and increased fuel efficiency. Cummins is a Fortune 500 company that makes state-of-the-art diesel and natural gas-powered engines as well as engine parts. The Cummins engine is most commonly seen in the Dodge Ram but can be found in other vehicles as well.
How Do I Know If My Car Needs a Diesel Service?
Whether you have a Power Stroke, Duramax, Cummins, or another diesel engine, we at KEAN Auto Services in Courtenay can perform a diesel service for you. As durable as diesel engines are built to be, parts of the engine can sometimes break down. Some common signs that something is wrong with your diesel engine include:
Your engine won't start or is hard to start - This typically indicates low compression or problems with fuel delivery. It’s normal for a diesel engine to crank up a bit when started, but it should not be extremely difficult to get the engine running.
There is noise coming from your vehicle - If you notice that noise is inconsistent or there is a knocking sort of sound in the engine, there is probably an issue with your fuel injectors or something else. You will probably experience reduced performance until you have the issue repaired.
There is black or white smoke coming out of your vehicle - Excessive smoke of any color can indicate an incorrect fuel/air ratio, an internal leak causing that fluid to be burned and produce excess smoke, among other things. Smoke coming out of your vehicle is never a good sign, and it is a big indicator that something is wrong with your diesel engine.
Diesel Repair Shop Serving Courtenay and Beyond
We at KEAN Auto Services have been serving communities in the Comox Valley and the surrounding areas since 1974. Our entire team takes pride in providing top-quality customer service every day. If you are in Courtenay, British Columbia, or the surrounding areas, feel free to give us a call, at 250-897-3643, or schedule an appointment online with us at https://keanauto.ca/ today! KEAN Auto Services - Quality Auto Repair for the Comox Valley since 1974.