Diesel fuel and gasoline are both refined from mineral oil, but the processes slightly vary. Refining diesel is slightly easier than refining gas. Both use a refining system called fractional distillation, and the difference between the fuels is in the temperatures that the distilled material …show more content…
Overall, diesel engines require more maintenance than gasoline engines do. To begin with, diesel engines are just larger in general(Pros). Gasoline engines are usually a lot smaller than diesel engines, which creates less maintenance. Next, gasoline burns a lot cleaner than diesel, so there is less soot and burnt matter left in the engine block to create problems. Diesel burns "dirty" and leaves behind a decent amount of material when it is burnt. Finally, gasoline is a lot more viscous than diesel, which makes it ignite better at lower temperatures. If it is really cold, diesel becomes less viscous and will not ignite, making a diesel engine not run. Gasoline engines are less of a hassle and tend to cost less when it comes to maintenance. Even though diesel engines require more maintenance, they have a higher longevity than gasoline because of the added maintenance. Diesel engines have been proven to run longer, and stay running without lots of …show more content…
They both are adequate fuels to do whatever the task is at hand. It's ultimately up to the consumer what one they prefer, but they both have their perks. Virtually they are equal, but some prefer one over the other. From the farm to the racetrack, each engine comes with its own maintenance and costs. Gasoline and diesel have plenty, of similarities and differences, but they both have their place in the engine society.
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