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Is It Safe to Drive With a Diesel Leak?
While diesel engines aren’t as popular in the US as they are in the UK and Europe, they do have their adherents, most notably in the heavy-duty truck sector. Diesel systems are...
How Long Does a Glow Plug Last?
A diesel engine is a very powerful and complicated piece of machinery. There are a variety of things that have to work together in order for the diesel engine to fire off...
How Long Do Glow Plugs & Timers Last?
The only way that a diesel engine will be able to fire off and run is by having a set of functional glow plugs. The glow plugs in a diesel...
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How to Make Your Own Biodiesel
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Should You Buy a Hybrid, Diesel, or Electric Car?
There are many hybrid cars, clean diesels, and electric cars to choose from today. They work differently but all help the environment and improve MPG.
How to Start a Diesel Truck
Starting a diesel engine is a lot different than starting a gas-powered engine. Whereas a gas engine starts when the fuel is ignited by the spark plug, diesel...
P2035 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) Sensor Circuit Low Voltage Bank 2 Sensor 2
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P2049 OBD-II Trouble Code: Reductant Injector Circuit High Voltage Bank 1 Unit 1
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How Does a Diesel Engine Work?
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Top Automotive News & Stories – September 3-9
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How to Replace an Injector Control Pressure Sensor
Diesel engines have an injector control pressure sensor that fails when there is hard starting, decreased power, or an illuminated Check Engine Light.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: October 1-7
Wireless electric car charging, VW diesel scandal payouts, 3D-printed car technology, new Cardone car parts, and high September auto sales.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: October 8-14
50 MPG Chevrolet Cruz Diesel, Mazda's G-Vectoring drive system, Uber and Volvo collaborate on autonomous cars, and Hubb's new reusable oil filter.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: October 22-28
Japanese automakers step up security, Mercedes' X-Class pickup, carsharing with Turo, VW TDI settlement approved, Faraday Future behind on payments.
What Is the Difference Between a Diesel and a Gasoline Engine?
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How problem free is the Ford 3.2L Turbo Diesel compared to the Mercedes 3.0L Diesel used in small RV's?
Personally I would take the Mercedes over the Ford, but the truth is, diesels are undergoing a massive engineering revamping of their emissions systems. Emissions on diesels is new to the automotive market making these systems problematic until the manufacturers...
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Leaking diesel
Hey there, thanks for writing in. There should not be any way for diesel fuel to work its way into the transmission in any case. If you need to have the leak detected and fixed, a certified technician from YourMechanic...
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oil pan replacement
You have a two part oil pan and you are looking at the lower pan part. If this is the part that is damaged then you can get it out by disconnecting the motor mounts and lifting the motor to...
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C4500; 6.6 2007 diesel shut down while driving, turns over but won't start
Hello there, thank you for asking about your Chevrolet truck. There are a variety of things that could cause this as the Duramax diesel trucks have over 20 onboard computers. Without additional information as to trouble codes or other symptoms...
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Radiator under pressure in cold engine and coolant disappearing.
You may have a clogged or pinched radiator which would cause the coolant to have a high pressure without relief. This would also make your car to overheat and cause the coolant to not circulate properly. I'd suggest having...
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Car in shop three times for major fuel leaks
Hi there. Due to the age of the vehicle, the lines will commonly rot out causing this. Due to the fact that there is fuel in these lines, this accelerates their deterioration. The only way to prolong the life of...
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Diesel fuel accidentally added to car and car won't start
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2011 Infiniti G25. Diesel fuel can damage the injectors, lines, and filters of a gasoline fuel system. Since a gasoline engine can't correctly combust diesel fuel, engine damage can also result. The...
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Diesel don't want to come out of diesel pump
This is most likely a computer issue if the pump is working correctly. I would start with diagnosing the computer itself to be sure it is supplying power to the fuel pump. Check the fuel pump relay and fuses as...
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Does diesel grade #2 (with more sulfur) clean injectors better than grade #3?
Hello. You should use the number 2 diesel fuel only. The number 3 diesel fuel is not as good as number 2 diesel. The manual is letting you know that you can use the lower grade fuel as a minimum....
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How would kerosene in the gas tank effect the catalytic converter?
I do not think it was kerosene you put in your tank. I would say it was diesel fuel. I've seen this happen many times where diesel fuel is put in the wrong fuel tank in the ground at a...
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Choosing a new car... Lexus GX 460 or Mercedes GL (gas or diesel)
I personally prefer diesel over gas because they generally last longer. I would also go with Mercedes over Lexus but that is just my personal opinion. I have worked on both types of vehicles and would rather work on a...
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my focus ran out of fuel and won't start
A lot of times when the fuel tank is run completely empty trash will accumulate at the bottom of the tank in the fuel lines, which will make you car to be hard to start. Use a can of Seafoam...
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Clutch problem in i20 Magna-Opt Diesel
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Actually, you should only be shifting gears with the clutch pedal fully to the floor. However, there may still be some air in the clutch hydraulic line, and the clutch needs additional bleeding. It...
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Should diesel engine shut off when i block air intake before filter.
Hi there. The air intake on today's modern cars are finely tuned pieces of equipment - especially on a diesel engine. If air flow is blocked or reduced in any way, it can cause the engine to have troubles maintaining...
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Can I place gas back in my car after using 4 gallons of diesel?
Hey there. Unfortunately, diesel fuel does not combust the same as regular fuel does in a gasoline engine. Eventually, the car will run out of regular fuel and die as the diesel fuel is injected into the motor. Once this...
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Can a glow plug that's not walking cause a diesel knocking
Hi. It depends if the knock goes away after the engine warms up. If it does, then yes, this is contributing to the knock. What is happening is that the fuel and chamber is not hot enough for combustion and...
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Noticed a small oil leak and intermittent coolant leak
Hello. The blue smoke on startup is likely worn valve stems or valve stem seals, which leak a tiny amount of oil overnight, but burns it off quickly. Nothing to worry about unless it gets worse quickly, or smokes all...
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Ocassional loss of power
Hi there. If your MB panel van is diesel, it's possible that the change in diesel fuel (summer to winter blend) along with a clogged fuel filter or fuel injectors might be causing the stumbling issue you're experiencing. However, if...
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Knocking/ Pining/ Dieseling noise
Hi there. If your Tacoma is a 4x4, then check the transfer case and see if that is where the noise coming from. If it is, then the chain in the transfer case is slipping and needs replaced or repaired....
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Engine stalls and serving tick over 2.5 diesel
Hi there. If the crank sensor is used only for misfire detection and NOT spark timing, the vehicle should start and run with the engine light on. Usually the crank sensor or the reluctor ring may have been damaged and...

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