Biodiesel Compatibility

The rise in popularity of biodiesel comes in the face of increasing needs to look to greener and more sustainable fuels for our cars and other machinery. We cannot rely upon traditional fossil fuels – which will eventually run out – for much longer and, for many, biodiesel has proved to be the best option. One problem that has come about is that of biodiesel compatibility, for while most modern diesel engines are able to run on biodiesel it remains a fact that older engines may need modifications that can be expensive.

What are the problems with biodiesel compatibility ?

Put simply, biodiesel is very different to standard fossil diesel in its overall make up, and certain metals and other materials may be excessively corroded by its use. In pure form biodiesel can cause serious damage to valves and other elements of older diesel engines, and as such is often used in diluted form in these cases. Modern diesel engines tend to be more resilient to the properties of biodiesel as manufacturers recognise that the fuel is a way forward, and in most cases the use of the fuel is not a problem. It may be necessary to check seals and other non-metal items in engines and machinery as these can become corroded in time.

Will using biodiesel negate my warranty ?

This is something that you need to check with the manufacturer, for most have a stipulation as to the blend of biodiesel that they consider safe for use in their engines and other machinery. This will be clearly laid out in the specifications and, if adhered to correctly, there will be no problems with manufacturer guarantees. You should make sure that you have the correct specifications to hand and understand what is needed in order to make sure your warranty is intact.

Why use biodiesel ?

We have already touched upon the green aspect of biodiesel, and why it is important to consider biodiesel compatibility for the future. We use great amounts of fossil fuel based fuels and these will one day no longer be available. The major advantage of biodiesel lies in it being sustainable; it is made from a variety of widely available natural products and is also cost effective. Furthermore, it is considered to be an excellent lubricant and does not produce the harmful emissions that standard diesel does, making it a much cleaner and more widely acceptable fuel than many. The motor industry is forever looking at more viable fuel options, and there is no doubt that biodiesel has a long and sustainable future in the fuel world.

Will biodiesel compatibility improve ?

Undoubtedly it will, for as more and more manufacturers move towards the biodiesel option so they will make sure that their products are biodiesel compatible. This ensures that a new generation of motorists will be able to use the correct level of biodiesel content in their vehicles without the worry of invalid warranties and other adherent problems.