Diesel Engine Services in Ukiah

Diesel Engines Tips from West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair

Time To Take Another Look at Diesels

If you haven't looked into diesel engines lately, you may be interested in today's post. Why should you care about modern diesel engines? Fuel efficiency, for starters. Because diesel fuel has a higher compression rate than gasoline, it generates more power per barrel. This is especially advantageous for drivers who pull heavy loads with powerful trucks that are always thirsty.

There are still many misconceptions about diesel powered vehicles. Let's debunk some of the myths.

  1. Diesel Burns Dirty
    This was true years ago. Since 2006, however, U.S. diesel vehicles have been required by law to use ultra-low-sulfur diesel or USLD. Modern diesels are soot-free and have a smaller carbon footprint.
  2. Diesels Are Sluggish
    Not any more. They are as fast off the line as similar gasoline-powered cars. If your idea of fun is to spend an afternoon test-driving new cars, go take a spin in a diesel BMW or Porsche.
  3. Diesels Are Loud
    Back in the day, you could hear a diesel motor from a mile away. Today's diesels run quiet.
  4. Diesels Have a Bad Resale Value
    Actually, diesel vehicles have a lower depreciation rate.

Diesel engines require parts that are heavier and stronger. At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair, we occasionally service diesel cars and trucks with over 300,000 miles. The heavy-duty parts make diesel vehicles a little more expensive new but due to the extra burliness, diesel engines last a lot longer. This is one of the reasons Cummins diesels inspire such a loyal following.

Furthermore, diesels can run on many types of alternative fuels unlike gasoline engines which require extensive modification. Another often-overlooked benefit is lower risk of fire. Diesel fuel is less flammable and won't explode like gasoline.

What about the drawbacks? Cold weather starting is one. Diesel engines can be hard to fire up when the temperature drops. However, an engine block heater can solve this problem. Talk to your helpful West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service professional for more information.

If you are in the market for a new auto that's easy on gas, you might want to explore your diesel options. You may even qualify for a tax credit if you buy a clean diesel vehicle. Of course, diesels require regular maintenance like any other vehicle and the services are usually a little more costly due to the nature of the engines. But the extra cost is offset by the fuel economy and longer engine life.

More on Diesel Engines

When someone mentions diesels around Ukiah – images of smoky, rattly trucks may spring to mind. The fact is that the modern clean diesel engine is much more refined than in the old days. Sure, diesel engines remain a very popular choice with heavy duty pick-up truck drivers in Ukiah, but they are finding their way into nearly every segment of the CA automotive market. Why is that? Well, its science.

Diesel fuel contains more energy than the same amount of gasoline. So it takes less diesel fuel to do the same amount of work as gas – so Ukiah diesel drivers get more miles per gallon and lower emissions. In Europe, where fuel is very expensive and high mileage is very essential, around half of passenger vehicles are powered by diesel engines. This goes for small economy cars all the way up to the world’s most expensive luxury vehicles.

The driving experience is also very good with diesel engines – in fact Ukiah drivers may not even be able to tell the difference between riding in or driving a diesel powered vehicle. So what are the factors to think about when deciding whether or not to choose a diesel engine?

One consideration is price. Diesel engines cost more to build and are an extra cost option for most vehicles. So Ukiah auto owners need to do the math to see how long it will take the increased fuel economy to pay for the extra up-front cost of a diesel engine.

The cost of diesel fuel in Ukiah is also a factor. There is no clear correlation between gas prices and diesel prices because the refining and distribution systems are so different. This means that the difference in price per gallon for diesel and gasoline can vary a great deal depending on where you live in CA. Just watch diesel and gas prices for a while (or talk with a diesel owner in Ukiah) so you can get a feel for how much price per gallon figures into your purchase decision.

Also important to look at is your expected use of the vehicle. For example, if you tow heavy trailers or haul heavy loads around Ukiah, the extra power many diesel engines offer (while getting better fuel economy than a gas engine) may impact your decision. Your highway/city driving mix may play into the decision as well. Diesels shine in the highway mileage department. And the more you drive in a year, the more attractive diesel engines become.

If you pick a diesel engine, remember that it still requires vital maintenance like your gas powered vehicles always have. Oil changes, cooling system service, power steering, brakes, tires, etc. – all need to be maintained. Some of the schedules may be different because of the unique design of diesel engines. Your helpful West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service advisor will be able to help you properly maintain your diesel vehicle, helping it last longer and continue to deliver great performance and fuel efficiency.

At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah CA (95482) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at (707) 462-6920. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com

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