How Do Diesel Engines Work?
There isn't much of a difference between diesel and gasoline engines. At their simplest, both are combustible engines that create mechanical energy. In all combustible engines, energy is created to move pistons back and forth within cylinders. The motion of the pistons moves the crankshaft and that creates the motion needed to move the wheels of the car.
Small explosions power both diesel and gasoline engines. There is a difference, however, in how those explosions occur. Gasoline engines mix fuel with air that is then compressed by pistons and ignited by sparks. Diesel engines compress the air first and then inject the fuel. Because air becomes hotter when it is compressed, the process of compression creates the spark.
Diesels in the World
Diesels in cars, as mentioned above, aren't very popular in the United States. Europe boasts many models of cars that are powered by diesel. As diesel improves, it's becoming more and more popular in the United States.
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If you own a diesel engine in Knoxville, take it into Christian Brothers for maintenance, repairs, and tune-ups. Our auto repair specialists have extensive experience with diesel engines.