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This has been a hot topic of debate in the automotive world. How does this effect consumers and it's repair facilities? Rule of thumb is that you don't perform any emissions removals. Why? Well, the U.S. Clean Air Act can penalize individuals up to $2,500 or $25,000 for dealerships and manufacturers per offense.
Let's talk about pros and cons of owning a diesel.
- Increased torque, better towing capabilities, faster initial acceleration than that of a gasoline engine.
- Better fuel efficiency, fewer trips to the pump.
- Fewer parts make up a diesel engine, no need for ignition tune-ups.
- Biodiesel is a fuel option, however, it may lead to decreased engine performance.
- Regular maintenance more important than compared to a gasoline engine.
- Diesel vehicles are more expensive, diesel mechanics are more expensive.
Not including fleet vehicles, diesel engines have gained popularity amongst today's consumers. They typically deliver 25% to 30% better fuel economy than similarly performing gasoline engines. They even economically out perform a hybrid electric gasoline car.
Taking it back to the Industrial Revolution, diesel engines changed society as we knew it. Companies were able to save massive amounts of money transporting goods because a diesel has a much more efficient way to deliver it's power, making it much less to deliver goods across the country. This impacted train and shipping transports so great that it's still almost exclusively the most relied on form of fuel in goods transportation today.
The diesel engine had a major impact during the Industrial Revolution, delivering power more efficiently, thus less expensively, for a variety of industries all over the world. Because its use did not require burning coal, train transport and shipping companies were able to save a great deal of money."
So should you 'delete' your emissions system on your diesel? The obvious short answer is no, however it's more complex than that. Aside from it being a literal government law, you're damaging internal parts and will leave with a $3,000 mechanic bill very shortly after performing an emissions removal.