History of the Diesel Engine

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German engineer Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine in 1893. It was used extensively on ships for many years before it was adapted for use on land for trucks, trains, and other vehicles. It differs from a petrol engine because it does not have an intake valve or spark plugs. Compression heating of air forces fuel into a combustion chamber with high pressure where ignition occurs spontaneously due to heat from compression of air caused by rapid piston motion; no valves are required because the engine’s operation relies on high pressure alone to compress the air/fuel mixture. Because there is no spark plug to ignite the mixture, there are no problems with preignition (sparking too soon). Thus, this type of engine can be operated at any time as long as...

The Importance of Tail Lights

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It can be easy to forget the car’s rear when driving, but it is just as important as the front, perhaps more important. Check the tail lights of your car regularly to ensure that they are all in working order. Without these warnings to other drivers, you could inadvertently cause an accident. The brake lights are critical, as are reverse lights. You can check your tail lights are working by switching your rear lights on and walking around the back of the car. You should also check that each indicator is working correctly. To check that your reversing and brake lights are in working order, you will need someone to assist you. This is so that one person can operate the vehicle, and the other individuals can check. Remember the...

Diesel News

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The Government announced in 2020 that the sale of brand new petrol and diesel vehicles would be banned by 2030.  Car manufacturers are unhappy with this and are arguing that they do not want this ban to come into place until 2035. This will allow them more time to research and develop new electric-only vehicles. This ban does not just affect petrol and diesel cars, it also affects hybrid vehicles which use both petrol and battery power as a source of fuel. Second-hand sales of petrol and diesel cars will continue after 2030 as the ban only affects brand new vehicles. Technology such as AdBlue and diesel particulate filters (DPF) are designed to filter out the soot particulates and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions that have been linked to ill health....

What You Should Know About Paying a Penalty Charge Notice

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For the most part, people will typically do everything they can to not park illegally but there are certain cases that feel appropriate to take a measured risk. Unfortunately, these can often lead to a public parking ticket which will usually be issued in the form of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). A PCN can either be left on your vehicle or even posted to you, if caught via CCTV. A PCN is not something to ignore and the sooner you handle it the better. When you pay a PCN within 14 days of the issued charge you can often get it reduced by 50%, which means a £70 charge, will only be £35. Not paying within the initial fortnight will mean you will have to pay the full amount...

Cost Analysis of Petrol vs. Diesel Vehicles

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One important question in a car buyer’s mind is bound to be, “Do I get a petrol or a diesel vehicle?”. Many will wonder which will save them the most, long-term, but this answer also depends on the driver and how they plan to use the vehicle. When purchasing a vehicle, diesel vehicles are typically £1,000-£2,000 more than a petrol equivalent but this higher cost could be recouped for those that tend to drive longer distances. There is also fuel cost to consider, petrol is usually a little less than diesel, but diesel is more economical and uses less fuel per mile. For those that tend to do more short-distance or city driving, paying that extra bit of cash for a diesel probably will not be best for them long-term....