Four Myths About Diesel Engines Busted

After a long week, we welcome you back truckers to our blog for a new, unique and informative blog for the week to get you going. This time we’re going to discuss the about the myths and believes people have for Diesel Engines.

Diesel Engines are long confined to truck as they are garnering more interest for their fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, comparatively to gasoline engines.

Today we shall take the crack at some of the persistent myths in and around the technology.

Myth #1: Diesel Is Dirty

We all have witnessed the image of a truck belching out dirty black smoke, generated from the diesel exhaust: soot and small amount of other chemicals produced by the engine.

However, with EPA emissions requirements, they have slightly tightened and thus, diesel engines are required to meet the same criteria as gasoline engines, and this can be done by adding Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). This filter is very effective as it removes 95-plus percent of the mass of smoke.

Visible smoke is left behind as of the 2007-2010 regulations. If you have invested in your truck from 2007 or later, it’s not dirtier than a gasoline-powered vehicle.

And in the invisible range — diesel engines actually emit less carbon dioxide than gasoline engines do.

Myth #2: Diesel Engines Won’t Start In The Winter

With today’s technology at the bay, cold-start are very effective and modern diesel engine starts in cold weather with very less effort to be invested.

The only problem with diesel is that it jells at the low temperature. Below about 40°F, certain hydrocarbons in diesel turn gelatinous. As the engine depends on an aerosolizing fuel, you don’t want goopy fuel.

However, glow plugs are the best to repair such situations, which heats the battery and helps them in warming up the fuel, allowing it to vaporize. So the myth you believe is truly proved wrong.

Myth #3: You Can’t Find Diesel At The Pump

Diesel powered pick-ups and rigs are the most common in the market and most of the neighborhood gas station does have automotive diesel pumps for betterment.

Myth #4: Diesel Fuel Is More Expensive Than Gasoline

Every state follows own rates for gasoline and diesel, however, diesel fuel is comparatively cheaper than gasoline, and that stands as the major advantage for truckers.

Bonus: One thing you may not know about diesel! They perform better at high altitudes than gasoline engines.

Well, do you want to know why? Gasoline operates at a specific ratio of fuel and air and at high altitudes; the air is thinner-literally. If you’re driving by the mountains, then the gasoline engines need less fuel to keep the ratio perfect and this will eventually affect performance, giving you less positive response.

Although this will not be the scenario with diesel engines as it runs fuel-lean; do not have to worry to keep the ratio perfect. And the effect is noticeable.

On a concluding note, we only like to remind commercial motor vehicles moving beyond your base jurisdiction this quarter; you’re likely to pay your IFTA tax for the jurisdictions you have cross. We know how busy you’re making deliveries and that’s why, we at have taken initiative to make it simple and less complicated when it comes to preparing IFTA form.

Other than preparing your form online, you can always rely on us for any queries. Simply dial 1-866-245-3918 or send a mail to

We will be almost readily available to serve you, solve your queries and accept your suggestions.


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