Cold Weather Causes Problems For Diesel Drivers

Cold Weather Causes Problems For Diesel Drivers

We all know that the cold weather that blasted the UK last week caused problems on the roads, from snow blocking some routes to ice making driving conditions very hazardous in others. But diesel drivers could have found the cold conditions especially challenging.

The RAC revealed that it received 44 per cent more callouts last week than is usual for this time of year to attend diesel vehicles that had experienced what’s known as fuel waxing.

This is when diesel fuel filters become clogged with a gel-like substance, which builds up in colder weather. This has the effect of starving an engine of fuel, making it lose power or in some cases fail to start altogether.

Simon Williams, RAC fuel spokesman, explained that, even in cold weather, this shouldn’t happen because all the diesel sold in the UK is treated with additives to prevent this issue.

However, he explained that in certain vehicles the fuel line is more exposed than in others, which means that even these additives are unable to prevent waxing from occurring.

Mr Williams added that there’s not much drivers can do to guard against waxing, apart from “getting their vehicle’s fuel filter changed in line with manufacturer guidelines and keeping their car in a garage if they can”.

If you had trouble with your diesel car in the cold weather, that could be a sign that it’s time to get a new dpf filter.

The AA has estimated that damage caused to vehicles during Storm Emma and the Beast from the East could cost insurers £35 million across the UK.

Does Your Car Insurance Policy Cover Misfuelling?

It’s worth taking a look at your insurance policy to see if you are covered for misfuelling mistakes or not, as new research has found that someone puts the wrong fuel in their car every four minutes!

The Defaqto study also found that 80 per cent of policies on the market at the moment exclude over for putting the wrong fuel in a vehicle – so always double check when you’re at the pump, just to be on the safe side.

Check your accidental damage cover as well, however, because 50 per cent of policies do cover misfuelling under the accidental damage cover part of the policy. You’ll have to pay the excess and possibly lose your no claim bonus, if you have any.

“It is easy to get distracted at the pumps and accidentally put the wrong fuel in, especially if you have recently changed to a new vehicle, or you are a multi-car household with both diesel and unleaded vehicles.

“The insurance market has responded with an increase in separate misfuelling cover policies, however, it is always worth checking your car insurance policy before you buy to make sure you have the right cover for your needs,” head of insight Brian Brown said.

If you do put the wrong fuel in, don’t start the engine. If you do, you could prime the fuel pump and this will contaminate your engine. Doing so can damage your universal catalytic converter and this can prove very costly indeed to have fixed. Get in touch with us for further help and information.

CO2 Emissions For New Cars Rise For The First Time In 20 Yrs

The latest new Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future from the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has found that carbon tailpipe emissions for newly registered cars climbed for the first time in 20 years in 2017, up by 0.8 per cent.

This is in spite of the fact that cars are now becoming more efficient, with both new and updated models last year emitting on average -12.6 per cent less CO2 than the vehicles they replaced.

This in itself was not sufficient to offset a -17.1 per cent drop in new diesel registrations, thanks in part to confusion surrounding government policy – meaning buyers are now holding back. Diesel cars do consume less fuel than their petrol equivalents and emit between 15 and 20 per cent less CO2. And approximately half of last year’s CO2 increase was put down to this fall in diesel demand.

The report also emphasised the importance of internal combustion engines in driving the UK towards a low carbon future, with 99.5 per cent of the country’s new car market of 2.5 million vehicles still powered by either petrol or diesel.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes commented on the news, saying: “The industry shares government’s vision of a low carbon future and is investing to get us there – but we can’t do it overnight; nor can we do it alone. The anti-diesel agenda has set back progress on climate change, while electric vehicle demand remains disappointingly low amid consumer concerns around charging infrastructure availability and affordability.

“To accelerate fleet renewal, motorists must have the confidence to invest in the cleanest cars for their needs – however they are powered. A consistent approach to incentives and tax, and greater investment in charging infrastructure will be critical. Now, more than ever, we need a strategy that allows manufacturers time to invest, innovate and sell competitively, and which gives consumers every incentive to adapt.”

If you’re keen to ensure that your vehicle is as green as it can be, you might want to look into finding a new catalytic converter for sale. Converters are now fitted to all cars and work to remove the harmful pollution that is emitted along with exhaust gases. They’re a critical part of the engine performance system, with effectiveness measured by testing exhaust gas emissions.

But remember that your catalytic converter can be damaged if your engine isn’t properly tuned and any excess oil or fuel enters the component.

To prolong the life of your catalytic converter, always use the right fuel in your vehicle. Don’t try to bump start your car as this can see unburned fuel injected into the converter, which can make the monolith overheat and melt.

Never use a fuel additive without reading the instructions first to see if it’s suitable to use with a catalytic converter. And make sure that your car is serviced regularly to ensure the engine is running properly.

Most Common Problems For Popular Cars Revealed

Once you’ve owned a few cars, you may start to notice common problems occurring, within certain models, such as a fault with the dpf filter which then has to be replaced. If potential problems may swing your decision when buying a new car, then this list of the most common problems broken down into the most popular models may be just the ticket to help you make up your mind.

The list, from online car service and repair website and reported by Sunday Times Driving, lists the worst offenders for each major repair job as a percentage of all repair jobs on that make and model of car. So, for example, the Peugeot 107 tops the list for clutch repair jobs, as 20.57 per cent of repairs on these cars was on clutch replacements, just edging ahead of the Toyota Aygo at 20.53 per cent.

The idea of the list is to draw attention to areas on specific models which you may want to pay attention to when making preliminary checks on a car, with WhoCanFixMyCar’s Louis Butcher, speaking on the previously mentioned clutch issue: “Our data proves the issue is there and unfortunately a clutch replacement isn’t a cheap piece of work; the average quote for a clutch replacement on these models is £325.”

Elsewhere, the Kia Sportage and Jaguar XF topped the list for largest majority of brake repairs, the Ford Galaxy and Honda Jazz had the most problems with gearboxes and the Citroen C5 and Vauxhall Meriva came up top for steering issues. The Honda Jazz and Peugeot 107 also ranked as requiring most proportional fixes for exhaust repairs also.

Used Car Buyers Turning Away From Diesel Models

The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA), which represents organisations that work with used cars to process and remarket them, has warned used car dealers that they need to prepare for a shift away from diesel models in the coming years.

Motor Trader reported on the advice, with the VRA explaining that, due to the expected crackdown on older diesel models that have high emissions, as well as misinformation in the media, many buyers would prefer a petrol to a diesel model.

According to the VRA, this means that dealers need to be prepared for a shift in the market, while also educating customers about the benefits of newer diesel models.

“Our view – shared across the industry – is that diesels will remain a very attractive choice for used car buyers because of their economy and reliability. Plus, Euro 5 and especially Euro 6 diesels are unlikely to encounter any emissions legislation problems,” the organisation asserted.

That said, a growing number of customers are shopping for petrol cars because of concerns over how the government will legislate for diesel vehicles in the future.

The VRA stressed that any diesel cars being sold at used car dealerships need to be in the best possible condition and properly maintained. Investing in a DPF filter for any car that doesn’t already have one in good working order is a must.

A DPF filter is essential to reduce the emissions from diesel models, with the RAC noting that it’s illegal to remove a DPF filter from a car’s engine.

However, DPF filters can become blocked if the excess soot they remove from the exhaust isn’t cleared properly. Ensuring the DPF is in good working order is therefore essential to having a diesel car that runs efficiently and economically.

How Can Congestion Affect Your Car?

When you get stuck in traffic, your engine is usually idling. While many modern vehicles have the stop-start functionality, there are still plenty of older models on the road that don’t. And that means if you get caught up in traffic jams regularly, your engine will be spending more time idling.

In fact, research released recently by INRIX found that UK drivers spend an average of 31 hours a year stuck in congestion at peak times of the day – rising to 74 hours a year for those who drive in London.

All this time spent in congestion has a cost, too, with the average driver losing out on £1,168 per year because of the time they spend in stationery or slow-moving traffic.

Of course, idling for prolonged periods can also have a detrimental effect on your engine. Although it takes time for damage to be caused, idling leads to a buildup of fuel residue on a number of components in your engine. Over time, that will result in damage to those components.

In addition, idling also causes air pollution, which is becoming a serious problem in a lot of cities around the UK.

Chief economist at INRIX Dr Graham Cookson said that, as there are more cars than ever on our roads in the UK, we “need to consider innovative new approaches to solving the issue”.

Among his suggestions are road charges and increased flexible working, but there are also opportunities to utilise technology, such as AI, to help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion he said.

If you are having issues with your car’s performance and need a new dpf filter, contact us today.

Mobile Phone Crackdown

If you are looking for a cheap catalytic converter for sale then you have come to the right place.

As many cars will have been put through their paces this cold, wet winter, it will be time to have a check soon, to check everything is in order.

Motorists will also be facing a crackdown on mobile phone usage this winter, to enforce heavier fines and penalties for using a phone at the wheel.

Though legislation was introduced to clamp down on mobile phone usage over ten months ago, Monday January 22 2018 will see the start of a week-long crackdown in parts of the country.

Remember, you can now get a £200 fine and six points on your license if caught using a mobile phone.

Chief Inspector Graham Milne, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, told Gazette Live: “Calling, texting, using social media or recording videos from phones whilst driving are all examples of offences we have dealt with and these actions do put innocent road users lives at serious risk.

Distraction at the wheel is one of the four main factors in fatal road traffic accidents, he went on to warn.

In fact, using a mobile phone to make a call or go online has been shown to make drivers 25 times more likely to have a collision, than those drivers who are driving with proper care and attention.

As driving conditions are so much worse in the winter mobile phone usage can have even more of an impact, so be careful in the coming weeks and months.

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