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Do Diesel Cars Need More Engine Servicing

Of course since this article was first written then things have changed. Certain car companies were illegally falsifying the diesel emission figures coming out of their diesel cars. After billions of dollars in fines ! So, the car makers had to radically change the make up of the diesel cars. Consequently we now have diesel cars and vans with very efficient and low emission engines.

In my opinion the scandal has brought forward what could have been years of technology. Importantly, we now have much cleaner and efficient vehicles that perhaps we probably would have. However I do feel that the rest of this article does still apply to diesel cars and vans.,

Here in the UK ! As part of the European Union ! (Not soon I hope ).  So we now see that Diesel Cars make up about half of the new cars that are sold. Over the past years diesel cars have become far more popular.Because of their lower running costs. Due to better fuel consumption and therefore lower running costs. Especially in mainland Europe ! So in France for example diesel fuel (gazoil) is much cheaper than petrol (essence). However, here in the UK it is the other way round. Of course the diesel engines will give you more miles to the gallon. So it is still more economical to run Diesel Cars.

A slight drawback to me though ! Subsequently, is that the diesel cars should have a couple of services a year. Apart from a main service I think that they also need a second engine service. Lack of servicing can cause several problems for you diesel cars, especially if you only do low mileages and at lower speeds.

Change oil and filter regularly ?

Diesel Cars

A diesel particulate filter used on many Diesel Cars

If the oil and filters are not change at regular periods then the fuel filter could get blocked causing blocked diesel injectors and the car will not run properly. This is now becoming more common for garages to deal with. Also the filter will eventually clog up . Thus starving the engine of fuel. When the fuel is not correctly burned on firing then excess fuel will enter the engine. Of course mixing with the engine oil. So, causing the engine parts to wear prematurely. So drivers who do not have their Diesel Cars serviced . Consequently, are really stacking up problems for the future.

A more serious problem that may occur with the diesel car is the advent of the “diesel particulate filter” or the DPF as it is known, which is in effect a catalytic converter for the diesel engine. The job of the DPF is to burn off at high temperature all the soot and carbon chemicals that are omitted from the diesel engine. These carbon particles are burned off at very high temperatures and the cleaner air is then released into the atmosphere.

Diesel cars need good runs out.

This is another reason why if you only drive short distances then you perhaps should buy a petrol (gasoline) car, because when you only drive a short distance, then the DPF does not complete a full cycle and the DPF then has to go through a process called “regeneration”. This is all part of drive for lower emissions technology and cleaner Diesel Cars .

The gist of this post is to have your  car serviced ! Or at least an oil change ? So, at regular intervals and if you only drive local, then do not buy  diesels. Problems with this type of  engine performance are now becoming more common, and things regarding emissions are going to get tougher with even lower emission targets coming in shortly.

To update this article , it is now thought that Diesel Cars engines give off far more harmful gases than originally thought, and the older models will be phased out quicker. In fact cities like Paris in France will ban older diesel vehicles in the near future and they are now putting the price of derv up to above the price of petrol.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.