Automotive Column 29 Diesel Injection
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We talk about the importance of preventive maintenance on our car radio show often. No matter what you drive if you keep the systems running at their peak efficiency you are more likely to get better mileage than if you let them fall into disrepair.
CAR QUESTIONS TAKEN FROM
OUR WEEKLY TALK RADIO SHOW
Do diesel vehicles need fuel system cleanings? What are some good vehicles that I as a high school student could get under $5,000? I would prefer a vehicle with a manual transmission. Do you have any suggestions for me?
Keegan in Ainsworth Nebraska
Diesel vehicles can benefit from fuel injection cleanings. We find when we clean diesel engines the fuel mileage improves. The dirtier the fuel injection system is, the better the improvement you can expect to see after a cleaning. Keeping deposits off of the tips of injectors can also prevent early wear of the injectors and help extend the life of the pump.
As for a vehicle, you’ll have to make that decision on your own based on what is available in your market for the price. There are many vehicles available that are dependable and nice. I would stay away from vehicles that are high performance such as supercharged engines or tuner cars that have been modified so you can get something more reliable. The performance cars are cool but you can get a fast car that will need work and cost more in insurance, or a nice reliable car with more features and spend the same amount. Maybe even have some left over for the stereo. A very important pre-purchase item is to have a used car inspection performed by a knowledgeable mechanic before you buy the vehicle so that you don’t end up with unforeseen expense.
Take care, the Motor Medics
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