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A type of internal combustion engine where ignition happens when fuel is spray at high pressure into a compressed charge of air, or the relatively heavy fuel oil used in compression-ignition engines.

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What to check when buying a used car?

I'm looking to buy a used car. What do you think I should check (mechanically) before buying it (especially if it's diesel)?
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Why do heavy vehicles almost always use diesel engines?

I have always wondered why heavy vehicles such as large trucks and buses almost always use diesel engines, whereas in light cars there is a choice between diesel and gasoline engines. Engine ...
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Small amount of wrong fuel type put in the tank

The guy who works at a gas station was filling up for brief moment wrong fuel type in my car until he realized what he did. I own Citroen Xsara 1.9d, make year 2000. Before filling the tank which is ...
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Why not use gasoline on diesel engines or vice versa?

I've read gasoline engines use sparks to ignite the mixture, but diesel engines use just compression which can't be done in gasoline engines due to high compression ratios which can cause engine ...
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Diesel Engine Runaway - What is it?

I was watching some youtube videos and diesel engine runaway videos started to pop up where apparently the diesel engine runs out of control until it destroys itself. My Question What is diesel ...
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How to test for defective glow plugs?

On a diesel engine, how can I know which glow plugs are defective, and can I change these only?
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Why does diesel engine have redline much lower than petrol engine redline?

Why do diesel automotive engines redline at around 4500 rpm whereas petrol ones go to 6500-8000 rpm? Does this have something to do with the compression ratio?
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Diesel vs Petrol motorcars. Pro's and cons?

I realize this may be a silly question to those of you on here who are proper petrol-heads and this may even be a repeat question, but I could not find anything on it on here, so here goes: What are ...
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What's the cause of Diesels' typical clatter noise?

I guess it's related to their basically running off knocking, but if I were to explain it to someone like this, it wouldn't convince me neither. [Edit] From http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/369700-...
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Is it possible for a diesel engine computer to detect (and prevent) a runaway condition?

Although diesel runaway is not so common... ... the consequences are spectacularly catastrophic. On old-school engines, I can understand that there isn't much you can do about it except try to cut ...
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Diesel runaway - stopped miraculously by itself

A little background (Little longer, please excuse): Few days before while we were driving Maruti Suzuki Dzire vdi (Engine: Fiat Multijet 1.3 DDIS, CRDI engine) around 40kmph. All of sudden there was ...
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What are the pro's and con's of compression braking vs. exhaust braking?

My truck supports 2 types of engine brakes: Compression release brake Exhaust brake Both can be selectively deactivated using switches. What are the pro's and con's of each type of engine braking ...
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Why do diesel fuel lines have to be bled?

Background I've had a couple of situations with diesels. One in particular where I swapped a Ford F350 Powerstroke 7.8 transmission. When I was done. The truck wouldn't start. It was a painful ...
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Is it normal for the oil to be dark in color right after an “oil change” in a 10-year old diesel car?

I took my 2002 Jetta TDI wagon to a neighborhood shop about 10 miles, 24 hours ago. They supposedly changed the oil, but the color is very dark, almost black. Definitely not light-colored/transparent. ...
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Why does a diesel sound like that?

My car is in the shop for a repair, and they gave me a loaner. It's a Chevy Cruze Diesel. Sitting on the driveway, my wife said, "It sounds like a truck". It does. So what exactly it is about ...
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How are diesel engines better for the environment than gasoline?

I understand that diesel engines have become much more efficient at controlling emissions over the last couple decades. Various websites like this one describe the technological improvements that have ...
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Why don't all diesel engines have throttle plates?

I learned recently that many older and some newer diesels don't have throttle plates to control airflow. I was also quite shocked to learn about a condition called diesel engine runaway. Apparently ...
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Modern cars and diesel warm-up time

First of all let me say that I already read this question and its answer, so it's clear to me why diesel-powered cars need a warm-up time. My question is: do modern cars need it too? I have VW Golf ...
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How did they start diesel engines before the glow plug was invented?

According to this Bosch page, their glow plug was developed in the early 1920's. Yet the diesel engine was around for at least 20 years prior to that; the French used it in a submarine in 1904, for ...
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1983 Mercedes Diesel - Loses Power Over Time

I picked up this car as a gift, and on day one drove it the 370+ miles home. After the first 160 miles or so I noticed that the car was struggling to maintain highway speeds. So I pulled over into a ...
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What could be some reasons my old diesel Mercedes won't start?

The vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz T1 model 308D. The engine is an old Mercedes-Benz OM601.940 4-cylinder indirect injection 58 kW (79 hp) 2299 dm3 diesel engine from year 1992. It's not a turbodiesel! - ...
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Does free revving a diesel engine to 4000 rpm (1.6 crdi- hyundai) cause any damage?

It's a Hyundai CRETA/ ix25 model... clocked 1800kms on the odometer, diesel spec engine 1.6 crdi unit, manual transmission! It has redline at about 4800rpm in the tachometer. When i took it for ...
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My car's diesel exhaust smells really bad

First of all let me say I apparently have no exhaust leak. For a long time I've been asking myself how was it possible that the exhaust of my car smells so bad. It does it when in the morning, I ...
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Ford Tractor 5600

This is a older tractor. My question relates to the fuel system. The older fuel injectors don't have any external seals? All of them seat and 3 don't leak but one does. I was looking for a seal but ...
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Why does a petrol engine need to maintain an air-fuel ratio, while a diesel engine doesn't?

This simple question has been bugging me for a while. The amount of fuel injected into a petrol engine is calculated according to the amount of air entering through the throttle valve (as measured by ...
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Is it possible to have glow plugs on all the time for certain amount of time?

I have Audi A4 B7 2005 2.5TDI. The temperature drops below 0 °C where I live. When it's cold (e.g. starting from 5 °C) my car starts having problems starting up. When I start it in the morning ...
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Proper glow plug operation

Are glow plugs supposed to stay on after the engine has started to help with the firing of the first few revolutions?
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Why are VW recalling their cars to remove a defeat device?

As I understand it, Volkswagen had software to artificially enhance their efficiency ratings on a test rig. Since it would only be active under test, what is the point of recalling millions of cars to ...
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Two-Stroke Diesel Engine - Do they use forced induction on them?

As I have indicated before, I'm very diesel ignorant. I just know the basics, very basics. In a two-stroke diesel engine using forced induction seems necessary but at the same time I see challenges. ...
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Why do head gaskets fail in diesel engines?

I'm considering the purchase of a 2001 VW Golf TDI "mechanic's special", so named because it apparently has a failed head gasket (white smoke). I'm not a mechanic but I'm fairly handy with tools and ...
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What kind of engine oil should one use in a diesel?

I got an 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser with a 2H diesel engine. I never changed oil on a diesel engine prior to this truck, so I'm a little confused. Toyota Factory Shop Manual recommend API CC oil type, ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines that require electricity to continue running?

I was reading this question about an owner checking the alternator by disconnecting the battery, which is an easy way to validate on a gasoline engine. The single answer assumes that the OP is ...
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How to extend the life of the dual mass flywheel in a diesel engine?

I am looking for ways to improve the life of the dual mass flywheel (DMF) in my 2005 Ford Focus tdci. I have heard that they can wear out quite quickly on the Ford Focus if they are driven in city ...
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Why do Diesel engines have a higher compression ratio than gasoline engines?

Are Diesel engines constructed differently, so that they have a higher stroke volume? (longer stroke, smaller combustion chamber etc.) I know the main differences between Diesel and Gasoline engines(...
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Would a non-turbo diesel perform better in high altitudes than a comparable gasoline engine?

I live close to the Rocky Mountains and drive into them quite often. I have a small naturally-aspirated four-banger that tends to lose a very noticeable amount of power getting into the higher ...
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Ford Focus engine cuts out at 3000+ RPM

I should provide a little background to this issue as I believe the two are most likely related. The car is a Ford Focus 2008 1.6 TDCi Diesel (UK) which this year has had a brand new battery and ...
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Thermostat behavior and failure modes

If Zaid's excellent How can I test my thermostat? is "Thermostats 101" then this might be the beginning of "Thermostats 201"… My VW Jetta TDI (diesel) has been running cold (about one or two marks on ...
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Car can't start after rocker gasket change

I have a 2008 BMW 120d LCI with N47 engine. Recently was diagnosed with some oil leak on the rocker gasket near the injector area. Were advised to change the rocker gasket seals. So I did change the ...
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'83 Mercedes 300D will not start when warm

The car runs great when first started, great pickup, etc. However, if I stop and shut off the engine, it will not start back up. At times I can pump the accelerator 5 or 6 times and then it will start ...
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Hyundai i30, 1600 cc Difficulty starting

Hyundai i30 model 1600 cc Auto. diesel, now done 60,000 miles. About 10 months ago, I had difficulty starting the engine from cold. The temperature would have been in the 50 to 60 degree Fahrenheit ...
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Two-Stroke vs. Four-Stroke Diesel Engines - What is most commonly used in heavy vehicles?

I am not well versed in diesel engines. To prove my point, I've learned in the last month that a two-stroke diesel engine actually exists. My Question. What kind of diesel engine (four-stroke or ...
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2002 Ford F350 Superduty 7.3L Turbo diesel using a quart of oil every 43 miles

This Diesel engine has been rebuilt and it didn't use any oil till the HPOP went out. I replaced the oil pump and then I noticed my turbo when going up a hill and the Turbo would sound like a sneeze ...
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Given that one of the reasons diesel engine produce black smoke is overfueling, why do diesel dragster produce so much soot?

I've read on the internet, in a couple of maintenance books and asked a few buddy mechanics and they all seem to point to the fact that a healthy diesel engine should not produce black smoke and that ...
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Intermittent starting trouble with new battery

I sometimes have problems starting my 2003 Ford Fiesta Diesel. When I turn the key it'll either start normally or just start to kick over then die. If I try again, the same thing happens. My battery ...
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Volvo 2.0D engine “self-oscillates” after changing timing belt and adjusting fuel-injectors

I recently had the timing belt and water pump changed on my Volvo s40 (2006 2.0D diesel). The mechanic also cleaned and adjusted the injectors. After the service I noticed that att some rpms the ...
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Starting a diesel tractor

I have a diesel tractor with a generator. After sitting for a long period the battery was low so I used a portable jumper battery but mistakenly hooked up the cables in reverse. This caused smoke to ...
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How will diesel engine perform with air in fuel line?

I recently replaced a fuel filter in my 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummings (5.9L). I'm now getting performance issues: at low speed, and especially starting from a stopped position, I'm getting low power. ...
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Additives in Engine Oil

As oil is used in an engine, it ages, creating oligomers. Is there a way that we can separate these oligomers without affecting the additives in the oil???
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BMW 530xd e60 2008 diesel engine turns but won't start

I have a problem with my BMW, just bought it, previous owner hasn't been facing such problems. When the engine is cold for e.g.: after night. Outside temperature is about -4 to +1 degree, engine won't ...
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Petrol vehicles, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a turbo charger?

Diesel vehicle often use turbo chargers. Petrol vehicles frequently do not. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a turbo charger on a petrol engine?