Since half of our blog’s title is fuel, here is some information about fuel. You may know some or all of this, but having and understanding of how your engine uses fuel can help you understand how to improve your engine’s performance and efficiency. (As a side note, our blog is devoted to giving you tips, info, and knowledge to improve your vehicle’s performance. Maximizing fuel efficiency and decreasing engine friction are two great areas to focus on to achieve that, hence “Fuel and Friction.”)
We’ve come a long way in terms of motor fuel. Though gas prices may rise and fall, scientists are always pushing for greater fuel efficiency. Sometimes that means alternative fuels like ethanol or electrically-powered engines, and sometimes it means increasing the quality and fuel economy of our existing gasoline & diesel fuels.
Gasoline, or petrol to our international friends, is the most common fuel used by drivers. It comes from petroleum and then is distilled in an oil refinery. Different compounds and chemicals are added to gasoline in order to optimize it for motor use. Scientists have found ways to make the gasoline combust at a precise point to increase fuel efficiency. They also try to keep gasoline as pure as possible to avoid engine damage. In addition to finding alternative energy sources, fuel is also improving to be cleaner and cleaner so as to reduce the effect of pollution and damage to the environment. Gasoline prices fluctuate, but are almost always lower than diesel fuel. Cars that run on gasoline are less expensive than cars with diesel engines. Overall, gasoline engines can translate to better fuel economy.
Diesel fuel is different than gasoline. Diesel engines produce combustion without a spark, meaning diesel engines can use many different types of fuel and have very high levels of fuel efficiency. Most types of diesel fuel are specific distillations of petroleum oil, but some contain sulfur or other compounds not found in gasoline. Some diesel engines run on non-petroleum fuels such as biodiesel which is an interesting new option made from vegetable oil and animal fats. Overall, diesel engines enjoy much better fuel efficiency and MPG. However, diesel fuel is more expensive, as is the sticker price of a diesel engine car. To many drivers, the fuel efficiency is worth it!
The fuel industry is always changing due to the efforts of top scientists around the world. Ten to twenty years ago diesel vehicles were less popular, and generally seen to be un-useful. Diesel engines have come a long way, though, and enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Similarly, gasoline and gas engines are constantly improving for better fuel efficiency and power. Gasoline engines are certainly more common today, but for those who drive long distances and lots of highway miles may begin switching to diesel engines for better fuel efficiency.
Whether you use gasoline or diesel fuel you can improve your fuel efficiency, decrease emissions and improve the horsepower and torque of your engine by using fuel additives. As stated above, diesel and gasoline fuel has come a long way but improvement is still possible. Using a liquid or pill fuel additive in your fuel can be a cheap and easy way to take your fuel efficiency to the next level. Liquid fuel additive can be poured directly into a diesel or gasoline engine, decreasing the amount of fuel you buy at the pump. Fuel pills are recommended for gasoline engines to help boost their lower fuel efficiency. These additives are affordable and easy to use, and most importantly they can save you money in the long run!