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7 Signs your Turbocharger is Failing

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A turbocharger is an integral part of the diesel engine design. It increases the power output of your engine. So how can you tell if your turbocharger needs a little attention? Let's look at the signs. Increased gas consumption. If you start to notice you are heading to the gas station to fill up more often, your turbocharger could be to blame. Your vehicle is not using fuel efficiently and your miles per gallon are decreasing. One possible cause for this is fuel leaking into the exhaust from the turbocharger without even burning. Black or blue exhaust smoke. Different colored...

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A Guide to Diesel Engine Problems

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Do you know what to do if your diesel engine exhaust is giving off black or white smoke? What about blue smoke? These smoke signals are your vehicle’s way to communicate its needs to you. If your diesel engine is experiencing problems, this guide can help you interpret what it is trying to say. What could be happening when a diesel engine is hard to start or won't start at all? The fuel supply could be low or blocked, and the filters could be to blame. The fuel could be contaminated. The fuel pressure could be low, or there could...

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Eleven Uses for Diesel Engines

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When Rudolph Diesel invented the diesel engine, could he have known how much they would change the world? Diesel engines were a revolutionary invention for their time. They compress the air, which increases the air temperature to such a high degree that the fuel injected into the combustion chamber ignites spontaneously. They run more efficiently than naturally-aspirated engines. Although the designing of the diesel engine got off to a rocky start, multiple engineers worked to create a prototype that was finally successful. The first commercial diesel engine was installed in March of 1898 in the Kempten plant of the Vereinigte...

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From New to Refurbished and Everything In Between

Posted by Mark Houlahan on

Your diesel engine has started to stall and misfire. You notice you aren’t getting the miles per gallon you used to. The exhaust from your engine smells worse than ever, but even over that, you can smell a fuel odor emanating from your vehicle. If these are happening to you, your fuel injector probably needs to be replaced. When it’s time to replace a fuel injector (which happens about every 100,000 miles on a diesel engine) or any of the diesel fuel injection parts, it can be tempting to save a few dollars and get parts labeled rebuilt, remanufactured, or...

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Slow and Sluggish? Not These 13 Diesel Sports Cars

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The words “diesel engine” don’t typically invoke images of sleek and fast cars. But as diesel engine technology advances, car manufacturers are taking advantage of the improvements to design diesel sports cars that don’t disappoint. Here are 13 of the fastest diesel sports cars you can find on the market today. 1. Audi A8 4.2 TDI This car packs a punch and can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour (mph) in just 4.7 seconds. The 4.2-liter TDI engine produces 384 horsepower (hp) while not skimping on the torque (getting 590 pound-feet of torque). On top of that, it...

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