Gasoline vs Diesel Car Engines: The Differences

August 10th, 2020 by

When it comes to industry-wide changes and several trends cycling simultaneously, the automotive industry is truly a poster child. Currently, strides are being made to patent more stable and sustainable alternative fuel options like electric battery power, hydrogen fuel, the evolution of hybrids, and so on. There’s also a general enthusiasm within the industry to introduce self-driving technology to remove human error from driving and thereby making it much safer!

With all this going on we sometimes have to remind ourselves that these technological advances are still a little ways away from appearing in your driveway. While we wait for an electric powered fully self-driving car to come our way, most of us are still working with good old petrol when it comes to power. However, even with petrol there are still choices. Many drivers are on the fence of whether to go with diesel or gasoline as fuel power for their next vehicle. If you’re one of these people, Toyota of Clermont is here to cut through the noise about car engines.

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The Basics of How Engines Work

Most of us understand the simple concept of pushing the gas pedal equals car going. To better understand what sets diesel and gasoline Clermont car engines apart (aside from their fuel type), let’s go over how engines work.

Clermont car engines, on a basic level, work by igniting fuel with a spark. Using belts, hoses, and pistons, engines move fluids, fuel, and more throughout the engine compartment to generate power and create motion for your car.

Now the good part, what makes diesel and gasoline engines so different?

  • A gasoline engine generates its spark for fuel ignition by using spark plugs. These small parts ignite air after its compressed by the engine. Diesel Clermont car engines lack spark plugs and instead use extreme compression to generate a high amount of heat to create a spark.
  • Diesel engines use less parts than their internal combustion counterparts and are able to burn fuel more efficiently.
  • Because of this, diesel engines can also produce more power with less fuel capacity and smaller size. An example of this can be found with the Toyota Mega Cruiser. This Humvee lookalike vehicle used a diesel inline 4-cylinder engine which is must smaller than the car engine in the Humvee. Because of the fuel and engine type, the Mega Cruiser produces more horsepower and torque compared to the Humvee.
  • When it comes to price, diesel fuel is often more expensive than gasoline. Drivers also have several types of gasoline fuel available depending on budget and engine preference but there’s only one type of diesel fuel available.
  • Less is always more. Diesel engines are often more durable and require less repair because they operate with fewer components.
  • Gasoline Clermont Toyota car engines can be found in almost every car under the sun while there aren’t too many vehicles out there with diesel engines under their hoods. But, if you plan on driving on the highway more often than not, a diesel engine might prove more fuel efficient and you could repay your fuel investment over time.

Still have questions about these two car engine types and how they work? Give Toyota of Clermont a call ast (352) 404 – 7000 or chat with us online!

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