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Gas Diesel Hybrid War

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These days, gasoline prices may be crimping your

your household budget. You may like to reduce

the U.S. dollars that flow to the Middle East for

oil, or perhaps you are motivated by your concern

for the environment, or even the nagging reality

that oil is a depleting resource that shouldn't

be wasted.

Fuel economy

To put it into prospective, the fuel economy are

the numbers posted on the window sticker of a new

vehicle. Studies have shown that the average

driver only receives 75 percent or so of the

mileage figures that are on the sticker.

You can use these numbers to determine the best

type of vehicle for your purchase. The numbers

will let you know how many MPG your vehicle will

get, so you can compare vehicles and then go

from there.

Hybrid pricing

The gas electric hybrid vehicles are normally

priced higher than non hybrid counterparts,

anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars to

several thousand dollars.

Hybrids can get a lot of miles per gallon,

some averaging around 45 - 55. This is great

for those who want to save money on gas, as

hybrids can go many miles on a full tank of

fuel and they come with extended warranties

as well.

Diesel efficiency

Diesel powered vehicles are yet another fuel

efficient option. Diesels are known for getting

extra mileage from every gallon of fuel. They

offer much better torque than many gasoline

engines. The price differential they have

over gasoline engines are usually much smaller

than that of the hybrid.

With plenty of options available, you're sure

to find what you need to help conserve fuel.

Before you make a purchase, always remember

to shop around and find what's best for you.

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Gas Trucks Versus Diesel Trucks

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If you plan to use your truck like a car, desiring

quick, quiet acceleration and rarely ever haul a

heavy load and don't plan to it for a long time,

you may want a gasoline engine. Gas engines run

smoother, fuel is easier to find, and gas

engines start easier in cold weather.

If you plan to use your truck for towing, value

good fuel economy and plan to put plenty of miles

on it, you may want a diesel. The price to buy

a diesel truck is really high, although they can

offer you a lot in return.

Below, you'll find the leading vehicle manufacturers

and what they offer you.


The 2500 and 3500 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks are

the newest 3/4 and 1 ton trucks on the road. Back

in 2002, the Ram didn't have enough power with

the 245 HP 9.5L. Dodge promised more powerful

engines for the 2500/3500 platform and they

delivered on that promise.

The new base engine is the 5.7L gasoline V-8

that's not only the most powerful engine of the

group at 345 HP but also revives the well known

and historical Hemi name.


Ford helped push the 3/4 ton and 1 ton truck

market to where it is today when it introduced

it's international engineered power stroke

diesel back in 1994. Before 1994, these diesels

were poorly built and no match for the big

inch gasoline engines.

From 1994 to 2002, over 70% of super duty Fords

were sold with the optional 7.3L V-8 diesel

engine. This engine helped to put Ford among

the leaders in diesel trucks, as they had more

than they needed to dominate the market.


The GM 2500/3500 twins Silverado HD and Sierra

HD both come standard with GM's 6.0L gas engine

V-8. This engine is ideal for 3/4 ton trucks

where towing isn't a concern. The upgrades

start with the 8.1L gas V-8 that's based on

Chevrolet's venerable big block engine.

Over the years, diesel trucks have proven to be

effecient with mileage, great for towing, and

easy on maintenance. Unlike gas engines, diesel

engines do not have spark plugs, which means

you won't need to get them tuned up near as

much as gasoline engines.

For those who like to haul heavy loads on a

frequent basis, diesel is the way to go. You

can get quite a few miles per gallon, and

diesel trucks are built to go 250,000 miles or

more before the engine needs to be rebuit,

making them a purchase that is more than worth

your money.

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Why People Use Diesel

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With diesel engines, the compression ratio is higher

and there is more power. From a technical point, the

compression ratio of an engine is the comparison of the

total volume of the cylinder at the bottom of the

piston's stroke divided by the volume of the cylinder

remaining at the top of the stroke.

Gasoline ratios

Serious damage to gas engines can occur if you attempt

to run a high compression ratio with a low octane type

of fuel. Detonation is the ignition of the fuel due

to the high temperature caused by a high compression

ratio that is developed by design. The fuel is

ignited prior to the spark of the plugs that result

in a rapid, yet uncontrolled burning.

Diesel ratios

Keep in mind, the diesel is a heat engine, using heat

developed from the compression of air. High compression

ratios are possible since the air is compressed. The

hot compressed air is sufficient to ignite the diesel

fuel when it's finally injected near the top of the

compression stroke.

Diesel engines

Fuel and air in the design of diesel engines are not

premixed outside of the cylinder. Air is taken into

the cylinder through the intake valve and then

compressed to make heat. The diesel fuel is injected

near the top of the piston's stroke in an amount or

ratio that corresponds to the load on the engine.

Heavy duty

The higher compression ratio causes engineers to

design, and test the block, heads, head bolts,

crackshaft, connecting rods, rod bolts, pistons,

piston pins, etc., with a greater range of structural

capacity. To put it in other terms, diesels are

heavier than gasoline engines.


Deciding on gas and diesel can be tough, although

there are several reasons why you should use diesel.

1. Diesel engines produce twice the power

per gallon of fuel than gasoline.

2. A gallon of diesel is normally cheaper

than a gallon of gas.

3. Diesel fuel doesn't blow up. The fact

is, its hard to get diesel to burn at all.

4. Diesel engines will last four times

longer than gasoline engines.

5. Diesel fuel that is untreated will last

longer in storage than untreated gasoline.

6. Treated diesel fuel will last longer in

storage than treated gasoline.

7. Diesel fuel treatment will cost less

than gas treatment.

8. Spoiled diesel can be reconditioned to

refinery specifications, as spoiled gas can't.

9. Unmodified diesel engines can be ran on

vegetable oil.

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Gas Tractor Versus Diesel Tractor

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There are many different reasons as to why a diesel

compact tractor is superior to a gasoline garden


First of all, the diesel engine doesn't have the

parts that normally wear out or give problems. There

are no spark plugs, rotors, points, or distributor

caps like the garden tractor. There is no carburetor

either, that will gum up and be hard to start after

being stored for a long period of time. Diesel engines

can be stored for long periods of time and still start

right up.

Secondly, diesel engines in most tractors are water

cooled. This will allow the engine to run at a more

consistent and cooler temperature, which will extend

the life of the engine. The typical properly

maintained diesel engine can run thousands of hours

without breaking a sweat - and without having to be


Diesel engines will also make more power. Even though

gasoline tractors may be a little quicker to start

with, they can't begin to match the power and raw

torque that diesel engines offer.

Another reason why diesel tractors are better than

gas is the available attachments. Most gasoline

tractors are equipped with a belly mower and don't

normally have a three point hitch. This will severely

limit the type of implements that you can use and

also limit the tractors expandability.

Most blades and scoop implements won't work with a

gasoline tractor. The drive train will also limit

the type of implement you can use with a garden

tractor. The typical gasoline garden tractor is

belt driven, while a belt drive won't pull as much

load as a diesel powered tractor. You would probably

not be able to use a box blade or tiller either

with the average gasoline powered tractor.

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Gas Saving Tips

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Are you tired of the continuing rise in gasoline price?

If you are, you're not alone. In this article, you'll

find a few excellent tips designed to help you save

a bit of your hard earned money.

First, its always best to purchase your gas either

first thing in the morning or late at night. The

reason for this is because gas is denser at a cold

temperature, so you'll basically be getting more for

your money.

Secondly, check your local gas prices to find the

best price available. You can check your local gas

prices online as well, which will prevent you from

wasting gas while driving around to look for the

best price.

By keeping your car well maintained, you can help

improve fuel consumption. By simply tuning your car,

you can decrease your fuel consumption by up to 20

percent. Also, you should keep your tires properly

inflated and aligned. Tires that are under inflated

will cause fuel consumption to increase by 6 percent.

You should also make sure that you change your oil

and air filters on a regular basis as well.

Other tips to keep in mind are to drive by staying

in the posted speed limits, as the faster you drive

you will use more fuel. Whenever possible you should

use overdrive, as this will help fuel and also

improve the wear on your engine. You can also

combine your errands by making a list of things that

you have to do, as the more you cold start your

engine, the more fuel you'll be using.

By taking the time to do these tips, you'll be

amazed at just how much fuel you can save. Gas

prices are becoming ridiculous these days, which

is why you want to do your part to converse little

drop that you can.

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Diesel Engines Forgotten Treasures

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There are very few engine configurations that promise

increased fuel economy and power. There are few

engines that offer this in addition to reliability.

Today, those across the ocean are enjoying the

fruits of diesel technology revolution.

Diesels have experienced a great history here in the

United States. In 1980, General Motors modified

their 350ci gas V8 to run on diesel fuel. The result

however, wasn't that god. These engines offered

better fuel economy but little else. They were

very slow, and not very reliable.

Mercedes Benz on the other hand, had better luck

in the 1980s with an array of vehicles available

with diesel engines. These great vehicles offered

amazing durability although they were rough, noisy,

and smoked quite a bit. Volkswagon offered diesel

as well, although they had a habit for spewing

blue smoke from the tail pipe.

Throughout the 90s, Benz and Volkwagon offered

diesel vehicles in the United States, with each

generation becoming cleaner, smoother, and more

powerful than the last. Overall, they were a

tough sell as they still lacked the horsepower

that many were seeking.

Today, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Volkswagon, Ford,

and many other manufacturers are offering diesels

to many markets throughout the world. To put it

simple, forget everything you know or think you

know about diesel engines in the United States.

These newer engines benefit from hundreds of

technical innovations. There are several diesels

in Europe that offer better acceleration than

their gasoline counter parts. BMW's 120d has

163bhp, goes 0 - 60 in under 8 seconds, and

achieves 49.6 miles per gallon.

Benz offers the C320 CDI SE that has 224bhp, and

over 360 lb foot of torque. This car gets just

under 48 mpg on the highway, with an acceleration

of 0 - 60 in under 7 seconds. Throughout North

America, you won't find a gasoline engine that

offers this unique blend of fuel economy and

excellent performance.

The reason why diesels haven't caught on in

North America comes down to one word - sulfur. We

have too much sulfur in the diesel here in the

United States. This cheap grade of diesel fuel

will run havoc on the more sophisticated diesels

offered overseas and cause an increase in


There is hope however, as refiners will soon be

producing what is known as ultra low sulfur

diesel fuel. This will help to reduce the sulfur

content from 500ppm to 15ppm.

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Diesel And Gas Prices

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Over the years, the prices of both gas and diesel

have experienced some drastic changes. Many years

ago, the price of gas was around a dollar or a

little more, nothing like it is today. Back then,

gas wasn't high in price although the demand for

vehicles wasn't what it is today either.

As the demand for vehicles grew, the demand for

fuel grew as well. Other actions and events have

played into the equation as well, resulting in

the rising costs of fuel. Fuel is something we

all need to run our vehicles, as we wouldn't be

able to go anywhere without it.

As you may know, a majority of the gas we get at

local gas stations comes from overseas, primarily

the Middle East. Therefore, we have to pay taxes

and such on the gas we use, which pays for the

gas as well as the shipping. If we got our gas

from within the United States, one can't help

but wonder whether or not the prices would indeed

be lower.

Diesel on the other hand, has always managed

to keep a price lower than gas. Diesel comes

from within the United States, so the prices are

of course going to be lower. The only problem

associated with diesel fuel is locating it, as

many gas stations don't sell it.

When it comes to the choice between the two,

diesel fuel is obviously cheaper to buy. Gas is

in supply more, which means that you can find

it almost anywhere. If you own a gasoline

vehicle, you obviously don't want to put diesel

in it. If you own a diesel vehicle, then you

of course wouldn't want to put gas in it either.

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Gas Vs Diesel Boats

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As you may know, diesel engines aren't something

you should take lightly. There are good reasons

why the rush to put them in cars back in the 70s

flopped. Diesel isn't the ideal power source for

all applications.

Engine speed

Diesel engines gained the reputation for long

service life early on in the history of the

engines, mainly from engines that were used in

commercial operations. These were big, very

slow to turn engines that were usually in the

600 - 1,000 RPM range.

The long service life of the diesel engine isn't

really a myth when used in the proper application.

It's only a myth in pleasure craft, where the

engines are operated in-frequently at high and

low speeds, normally under very heavy loads and

adverse conditions.

Fuel consumption

If you plan to engage on some serious long range

travel, especially if fuel stops aren't available,

then fuel consumption will become an issue.

Diesel engines will normally burn 1/3 to 1/2 the

amount of fuel as their gas equals. Considering

the cost of the engines versus the amount of

fuel you'll burn during the time you own the

boat, fuel savings isn't really important.


Most questions of choice arise for boats that

are in the 28 to 34 foot range where either type

of engine is available with adequate horsepower.

Gas engines do have the advantage that they are

cheap to buy and also cheap to repair.

Diesel boats are just the opposite, as for the

price of one you could buy three gas engines.

For the price of a smaller in-line 6 cylinder

diesel, you can buy two gas engines.

Therefore, cost wise, unless you really need

diesel power, diesels aren't very practical.

The advantage to diesel comes only at the

point where the extra torque is needed because

a gasoline engine would simply be under too

much strain to have an adequate amount of

service life.

If you have a choice of gas versus diesel,

your first concern should be to determine

whether or not you can really afford to own a

diesel, as the initial price is only part of

the cost.

If you simply can't afford to write a big check

for routine maintenance, then you will probably

be better off going with gas. On the other hand,

if you have a lot of money, diesel would be

your best bet. Diesel engines are great to

have, although they cost a lot of money to

up keep and they generally aren't the way to go

for those on a budget.

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Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles

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Most efficient overall - Honda Insight hybrid

With 60 mpg city and 66 mpg highway, the Honda hybrid

has top honors as most fuel efficient in the United

States. With a 1.0 gas engine mated to an electric

motor, the insight was designed to make the most

of the power by using low resistance tires. The

bad things about the Insight include a cramped

interior, seating for two, and a very odd styling.

Fuel efficient mid size car - Toyota Prius hybrid

(60 mpg city and 51 mpg highway)

The Prius, unlike the Honda Insight, is capable of

carrying 5 people plus their gear. The Prius will

generate a total of 110 HP from its gasoline engine

and electric motor. The sleek shape to the Prius

has a low co-efficient drag although Toyota has

managed to do this with a larger, yet more driver

friendly vehicle than the Insight of Toyota.

Most efficient compact car - Honda Civic hybrid

(49 mpg city and 51 mpg highway)

With a reputation of being the cheapest hybrid in

North America, the Civic hybrid takes the great

design of the regular Civic and makes it a lot more

efficient. With an output of 110 HP, the Civic

hybrid is very competitive for the class.

Most efficient sub compact car - Volkswagon diesel

(37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway)

The Volkswagon Beetle diesel is ahead of even the

sub compact hybrids. Making 100 HP, the Beetle

diesel may not sound that powerful, although the

177 lb-foot of torque will put shame on every

other vehicle in the same class.

Most efficient station wagon - Pontiac and Toyota

(30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway)

The Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix are both the

result of a joint venture of Toyota and General

Motors. Both vehicles come equipped with Toyota

engines, although a lot of the design and

engineering came from General Motors. Both the

Matrix and the Vibe are versatile with active

lifestyles. With a fuel efficient 1.8L 4 cylinder

that produces 126 HP, the Matrix and the Vibe

aren't going to win a street race although they

make up for it with smoothness, efficiency, and


Most efficient large car - Hyundai Sonata

(24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway)

The Sonata is a major surprise, beating out very

stiff competition. The 2.4L 4 cylinder engine is

very smooth, responsive, and powerful. The

suspension however, is soft, and geared more

towards comfort than handling. This isn't a BMW,

although the build quality is great, clearly

demonstrating that Hyundai is no longer a second

rate manufacturer.

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