do you Have a diesel? Do you know if you are using a particle filter, AdBlue, or its emission standard? You have to know that there are a number of aspects, extremely important, that you have to know about your car. Aspects that will save you from trouble and malfunctions if you’re aware that you have a number of care to ensure their durability. What are 5 issues you should know of your diesel, to save you problems and breakdowns?
1. Is a particle filter?
is Probably one of the most controversial, and that more faults it generates, but also one of the most important for its contribution to prevent our cities from becoming a huge fireplace, and the air that we breathe is even more flawed in situations of alert environmental that we have experienced in recent months. Particle filters retain the undesirable particles that usually follows a diesel engine, responsible according to the WHO of serious health problems, short-and long-term are associated with different cancers). That is why ever we would recommend its cancellation, something that unfortunately happens, even though it is illegal. In fact the ITV they announced that extremarían the monitoring of this system, to prevent fraud.
it Is important that you know if your car takes a particle filter for a mere matter of prevent this you have to pass by the shop. Particulate filters are mandatory in the modern diesel, and also tend to be associated with a regeneration system that – in a description very fast – it increases the regime of the engine to facilitate combustion of these particles, the cleaning of the filter and prevent clogging. Even so, if your car carries a particulate filter it is recommended that those diesel that usually move around the city to escape once in a when to the road, and force a regime high with a lower gear for a few minutes to facilitate the regeneration of the filter (see:
did you Know that revolutionize the engine of your diesel avoids breakdowns?).
2. do you Use a catalyst based on AdBlue?
a Good part of the diesel most modern, purchased from the last year and approved under the regulations, Euro VI, boast of a system whose goal is to reduce NOx emissions, the same gas that contributed to the alert environmental lived in some Spanish cities in the last few months. This system is not present in all diesel, but in a growing number of vehicles, especially compacts and higher, and on motors for its power need of a device AdBlue to meet the emission limits imposed by Euro VI.
There you just have to know if equipped with a system AdBlue, but also the estimated periods of recharge. The AdBlue is an aqueous solution of urea, which is stored in a tank, and as a result is consumed and it is necessary to recharge it periodically. Many manufacturers have ensured that outages to coincide with periods of maintenance, oil changes and filters. Even in those cases, the chance that we have to refill the AdBlue tank, before the periodic review is still present, since the consumption of AdBlue ® depends not only on mileage, but also the requirement that is the subject of the engine of our diesel.
There is more to learn in the workshop of the manufacturer about the cost of the refill of the AdBlue, or even to know the procedure to follow for ourselves we reload the Adblue tank (see AdBlue in 10 questions and answers: what every driver of a diesel should know).
3. what emission standard has been approved by my diesel?
Another important point – in the next few years will be extremely important – is to know what emission standard has been approved by our diesel. The diesel that is being sold now already exceeds the emission standard Euro VI. If you have purchased a diesel in the past few months you may still be subject to the emission standard Euro V. It is desirable that our diesel to comply with the emission standard more modern and demanding, so it is best that this complies with the emission standard Euro VI, that only with the emission standard Euro V.
And why is that better? For a simple reason. Although the politicians do not clarify the matter, and there is some fear to legislate in this regard by its consequences election, everything points to many Spanish cities will opt for a shield against the diesel, or at least with severe restrictions that will affect the diesel more ancient. And the way of carrying out that measure will not have to do only with the control of the age of the diesel that circulate in our cities, but above all with the regulation of emissions for which they were approved.
as things are, if you’re going to purchase a diesel occasion it is recommended that you try to opt for those approved to the emission regulations more recent (see the regulations Euro6 in 6 keys: what you need to know and how it affects you).
4. What is the regime most suitable to the engine of my diesel?
there is No exact law that we say the regime most suitable for all diesel, but we do know that modern diesel, four cylinders, turbo, and low power or media, they behave very well at low and middle regime, between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. You should not leave the engine of your diesel suffers a regime very low, in which possibly you notice that your car gives jerks, and that takes a long time to gain speed. Nor should you let the engine revolutionises excessively, to the point of generating a lot of noise. Revolutionize in excess of the engine can drastically reduce the life of your engine, especially if we revolutionized cold. In addition to often is counterproductive, many diesel cannot push more to a diet high, to a middle speed, where diesels are capable of delivering a higher torque.
In this article we are assuming that your diesel enjoys turbo, that from many years ago is the standard diesel sold in Spain. In a diesel the maximum power, such as those marketed until the beginning of the nineties, the regime is suitable for circular and care would be very different to those reflected in this article.
5. What are the maintenance periods?
Never, ever, ever neglect the periods of maintenance of your diesel. Replace the filters and change the oil in the periods stipulated by the manufacturer is very important in any car, but even more so in the diesel. Not to mention that the lubricant and the filters will shorten its useful life, in function of the use that we make of our car, with which the suffering of these will dramatically increase according to the proportion of kilometres that we have done in short trips and in city, with respect to the number of kilometres travelled at cruising speed on the highway (see the following article: why you should not jugártela to the time to change the oil?).