Many drivers think that diesel engines are a menace, but today’s diesel is quite comparable to gasoline. In fact, there are a lot of advantages that come with driving a diesel automobile, which is why Scotty’s Automotive Service repairs both diesel and gasoline-powered engines. Many of our customers prefer to drive diesels, and they aren’t just truck drivers. Let’s talk about the benefits of diesel engines.
One of the things that makes diesel fuel different from gasoline is that it is higher in its energy density. What this means in layperson’s terms is that the fuel is capable of producing more power using less energy than gasoline does. In other words, it doesn’t take as much diesel fuel to generate the same amount of power that it does when you drive a car, truck, or utility vehicle that is powered by gasoline.
Better Gas Mileage
Naturally, this translates into better gas mileage. Your diesel engine can generate more power per gallon than your gasoline engine can. In fact, in some cases, drivers of diesel engines get 25 percent to 30 percent more gas mileage out of a full tank than if they drove a gas-powered car with the same tank size. Today’s diesel engines are so energy-efficient, some can rival the fuel economy of a hybrid vehicle.
Zero Ignition Tune-Ups
Diesel engines need regular maintenance just like gasoline engines do, but one thing you can cross off your maintenance checklist is tune-ups. Diesel engines do not have spark plugs and, as such, there is no need for an ignition tune-up. Diesel engines have glow plugs, which only operate when you initially start your vehicle. As such, they last much longer than spark plugs do before they need to be replaced.
Longer Vehicle Lifespan
Diesel vehicles also have incredible life spans, which is why you’ll see many older diesel engines on the road. Although this record will likely never be beaten, a Mercedes-Benz vehicle with a diesel engine ran for 900,000 miles before it finally died. You simply cannot get that kind of mileage out of a gasoline engine, and this is one reason why diesels have a better resell value, as well.
Greater Torque/Power Generation
Diesels are also better at generating torque and power. The engines have a much higher compression ratio than gasoline engines do, and this equals more torque that allows you to pick up speed more quickly from a dead stop or while you are driving. The engines are designed to withstand extreme heat and compression, which is why they last so long and are more durable than gasoline engines.
As we said above, Scotty’s Automotive Service, LLC, in Montague, NJ, services and repairs both diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles. You can count on us for all of your automotive service needs.