A Look at Both Diesel and Petrol Vans
posted on 4 June 2014 | posted in Tips
As you probably already know, diesel engines get better fuel economy than petrol, simply because they don't need to burn as much fuel as petrol engines to get the same amount of power. Diesel engines are built heavier than petrol engines, to help sustain the added stress of the much higher compression ratios.
Diesel engines don't have an ignition system either, so you'll never have to tune them up. The exhaust systems will last longer as well, as the exhaust on a diesel isn't as corrosive as an exhaust on a petrol engine.
With diesel engines, it isn't unusual to see them with 400,000 or even 500,000 miles. There are some out there that have even went beyond 600,000 miles!
When it comes to maintenance, 3,000 mile oil changes are a must. Diesel fuel isn't as refined as petrol, so the oil will get dirtier faster. You should also replace the air and fuel filters at least once a year.
If you live in a colder climate, you'll need to switch to a winter blend of fuel to prevent fuel gelling. There are several additives that you can put in the fuel as well, to help prevent your fuel from getting gel.
It's also recommended that you replace the glow plugs every two years. If the temperature drops below 10 degrees, a block heater is something you should have. This will ensure starting in cold weather, especially with the heavy grade of oil that a diesel engine requires.
If you take care of your diesel vehicle, you can count on it to be around for years to come. Unlike petrol vehicles, diesel engines are built for the long haul, and will last you for miles and miles if you take care of them.