5 Most Common Diesel Myths
by Diesel Center
1. Diesel engines are dirty and bad for the environment
Essentially all cars are bad for the environment. Petrol and Diesel vehicles all emit emissions that are harmful to the environment. However, many people believe that diesel is worst, as every now and then you will see a car or truck on the road that is billowing out the telltale signs of a diesel engine.
This black smoke is particulate matter, a combination of soot and other chemicals that are produced by the engine. Since emission regulations have been tightened considerably, you will no longer see black smoke coming out the back of any modern diesel engine. They are now on par with petrol engines. Not convinced? Diesel engines emit less carbon dioxide than gasoline engines do.
2. Vehicles with a diesel engine don't perform well
It’s no surprise that many people don't think diesel engines perform well. The majority of the time they are used in trucks used to pull massive amounts of weight. For this reason, many people believe a diesel powered car would react the same way, slow and extremely sluggish, however, this isn’t the case.
If you were to ask a driver who has recently swapped from a petrol car to a diesel car, 'which one runs better'? They will usually say the diesel runs more efficiently.
Why? Well, diesel cars run better at slower speeds. Diesel engines run best when the RPM’s are lower. We’re talking speeds lower than 100km/h, speeds you would do when running errands or just driving around your neighbourhood.
3. Buying diesel fuel is expensive and hard to find
Nowadays finding a place to fill up on diesel fuel isn’t hard. Most, if not all major petrol stations now stock diesel fuel. Unless you are in the middle of nowhere, you will have no problem finding diesel. The price is more often than not quite comparable to fuel, sometimes even working out cheaper. Just like with petrol, you may need to search around to find the best price.
4. Diesel vehicles are expensive to repair
The idea that diesel engines are expensive comes down to perspective. It's well-known that diesel engines are designed for longevity. They rarely have any problems which make them a lot more cost effective than a petrol powered vehicle. Parts are easy to come by now with many companies like the Diesel Center Australia specialising in stocking and shipping diesel engine parts worldwide.
5. Diesel vehicles are hard to start in winter
While it doesn’t get that cold in winter in Australia, many years ago diesel engines were hard to start in cold weather. Nowadays diesel engines come equipped with glow plugs that heat up to warm the diesel fuel.
In modern vehicles, cold weather is no problem, with a diesel powered car starting just as easily as a petrol powered car.
Don't let diesel engine myths put you off a diesel powered vehicle.
Hopefully, this article has helped bust some of the myths you had heard about diesel cars and trucks. Next time you are looking for a new vehicle consider a diesel-powered vehicle.
If you crunch the numbers and do your research to determine whether a diesel may work best for you, you may find that a diesel vehicle works out better for your individual needs and your wallet.