The Fastest Way To Destroy Your Diesel Engine

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The title that I have given to this article might be a little deceiving. In this article I am going to talk about the benefits of a feared power enhancer for diesel engines. The one that I am going to talk about is propane injection. Most propane injection systems offer power increases of 80 to 100 horse power on diesel trucks, and about 40 to 50 horse power on diesel cars. It also gives an equal or greater amount of torque. That is quite a power increase. The fear that most people have is that they will over fuel their engine with propane which would cause costly damage. The propane systems that we run are not adjustable and run off of a vacuum draw which will draw the correct amount of propane that your engine can use safely. Also our systems contain a vaporizer which will not allow liquid propane to enter the system. This eliminates the possibility of a liquid surge which would cause serious damage.

The Fact is that if the propane system is installed properly it can be very beneficial to your engine. Propane is a higher octane fuel than gasoline or diesel fuel, and it will burn slower and longer which will increase power and economy. Also, most diesel engines only burn 75% of their fuel. If you run diesel fuel with propane, your engine will actually be able to burn 100% of its fuel. That alone will increase fuel economy and power because your engine is burning all of the fuel instead of just a portion of it. Propane also breaks down carbon build up in the engine, which will reduce wear and tear on the engine. Propane also doesn't dilute the engine oil, which in turn often lengthens oil change intervals.

When running propane, the same amount of diesel fuel is injected as usual. It uses less diesel fuel though because the use of the propane allows for a more complete burn. You also have to use less pedal to achieve the same speed because you are adding more power. It really doesn't give a super big mileage gain, but if you figure it all out, it will actually cost a little less per mile to travel. Then you add on top of that the savings from reduced engine wear and tear, because with propane the engine won't build up carbon. Also the savings from having cleaner oil, and extended oil change intervals, adding propane is well worth it. On top of all those savings, you end up with a significant power increase.

One of the only drawbacks to running propane is that public propane stations aren't as common as gas stations are, but you don't have to worry about running out of propane and damaging the engine. If you run out of propane you can just keep running. Most kits have an on / off switch also, so if you don't want to run it all the time you can just shut it off. So in conclusion, propane should not be feared. To the contrary, propane has many great benefits.

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Source by Nathan Young

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage

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As we continuously are aware of the price of fuel and the uncertainty this energy source, we must ask the question how can I as a fuel consumer better my gas mileage? With media reports daily and overall uncertainty of our foreign suppliers we as consumers need to find ways on our own to improve our fuel costs.

As a diligent consumer, one can scour the internet to search for ways we can control or improve savings when buying gas at our local filling station. One highly ranked product that is on the market is called "Mileage Maxx" the "all in one" fuel treatment.

What is Mileage Maxx and how can it help me improve my gas mileage thus save on my fuel costs? Well here is some highlights to consider when determining ways that you as a consumer can be proactive in reducing your fuel costs.

First, we must look at what is Mileage Maxx? Mileage Maxx is a year round fuel conditioner designed to improve the performance of all engines including cars, trucks, RV's, boats, trains, construction equipment, buses, generators, and motorcycles. Here is some of the highlights Mileage Maxx can offer you:

Cleans injectors and pumps by a powerful new detergent that cleans fuel pumps, injectors, and fuel lines and dispenses contaminates to prevent the formation of gum, varnish, lacquer and carbon coke. This meets the latest Cummins L-10 injector cleanliness test.

Improves Mileage by lowering fuel surface tension resulting in enhanced combustion and more complete fuel burn. Mileage Maxx is proven to increase fuel economy by 5% -20%.

Prevents Gelling by lowering fuel pour-point by up to 20 * F.

Boosts Base Cetane by improving ignition, cuts starting time, and reduces detonation wear by raising Cetane levels with an 8 point Cetane Boost! Reduces Friction and Wear by having top oil lubricating properties that protect fuel injectors and pumps from both mechanical and chemical wear. Separates Out Water by emulsifiers that separate water from fuel so it can be removed from storage tanks.

Reduces Oxidation During Storage by oxidation inhibitors that stabilize fuel during storage. Prevents Rust and Corrosion with rust and corrosive inhibitors that protect storage tanks, on-board fuel tanks, fuel lines and engine components. Contains Algaecide that removes algae, bacterial contamination and fungus and helps reduce sludge and prevents fuel contamination. Reduces Emissions by helping operators comply with clean air laws by promoting cleaner fuel burn to reduce smoking, soot and vapor exhaust.

Works with ALL fuels including gas and diesel engines. Well there you have it, do your homework and you've found a valuable answer to how you can get better gas mileage. To learn more about this innovative proven technology that is here today go to Take control of your fuel costs by now!

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Source by Don Mutch

Storing Fuel for the Long Term

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Avoiding Disaster, Storing Fuel for Long Term

All stabilizers are not created equal

After living in a "Hurricane Zone" for most of my life I have come to realize the necessity of having a back up generator for use when the power goes out. I have done tons of research and found that emergency power is a critical life line when a disaster strikes. During Hurricane Sandy, people were without power for up to 2 weeks, and even longer during Katrina. When there is no power, the gas stations cannot pump gas, so, what do you do? A generator without fuel is little more than a large paperweight. And forget about siphoning gas out of you car, Today's fuel tanks make it nearly impossible to do this.

Therefore, the best thing to do in order to prepare for an emergency is to store enough fuel to either use your generator for an extended period, or enough to get you to your "Bug Out" location.

How much should I store?

In my opinion, you can never have too much fuel stored, but there are laws in each county that regulates just how much you can store legally. What will you need this fuel for? For most of us, storing fuel for a generator or bug out vehicle is good common sense. If you live in an evacuation area, then I would store at least the equivalent of one tank of gas for your car. This way if the grid goes down, and the gas stations cannot pump you are covered.

1 to 2 hours per gallon with nominal usage is standard for most generators, so store fuel accordingly.

How do I store fuel?

Fuel should be stored in a clean cool place away from where you live. Do not store fuel in your house; that is an accident waiting to happen. Also please note: to store fuel please go by container color: red for gasoline, yellow for diesel, and green for kerosene.

How can I protect my fuel store?

The best way to protect you fuel store is to rotate your stock every 6 months, and use a fuel stabilizer. Fuel begins to degrade as soon as it is pumped out of the ground. Use your fuel within 3 months if no fuel stabilizer is used.

Fuel stabilizers are intended to keep petroleum-based fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and heating fuel, from degrading over time. Some people believe that fuel does not go bad, and that fuel stabilizers are a waste of money. Old fuel may burn, but not as well as a fuel that has been stabilized. Often when disaster strikes, fuel stored has been found unusable for an emergency. The use of such fuel when called upon during an emergency has the potential to disable engine components such as plugging filters, carburetors, and injectors. In some cases the fuel deteriorates so much the fuel will not ignite. Gasoline when stored long-term can form a gel like substance and or a varnish in the tank.

All stabilizers are not created equal. I began using a fuel stabilizer named PRI-G. (Gasoline) when I discovered it has been used in industrial applications for years. Metal deactivators like PRI-G are one of the best types of fuel stabilizers because they reduce or eliminate the amount of sediments in your tank, making your fuel cleaner and healthier for the environment.

An emergency is not the time to find out that you fuel stabilizer did not do its job.

In fact in January 2012 the San Onofro Power plant in southern California had a problem with two of their steam generators. Their back up diesel generators immediately kicked in and prevented a disaster. The fuel for the back up diesel generators had been treated with PRI-D (diesel) for the last ten years and the fuel was still factory fresh.

PRI-G and PRI-D are some of the best stabilizers on the market. With proven reliability, I recommend it to anyone who wants to store fuel for long-term.

Order PRI now and get everything you need from your fuel, whenever you need it.

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Source by Ro Pat

Diesel Engines Need Specialists for Repairs

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If you had a serious heart condition, your physician would refer you to a cardiologist who specializes in that category. Likewise, when repairing a diesel engine, you should take it to a diesel specialist. Diesel engines have common problems that a specialist will be familiar with. These are not common problems found in gas-powered cars. The parts are different, as is the maintenance that may be needed.

Diesel is actually only one form called petro diesel. It comes from petroleum, and is an unrefined fuel. Diesel engines enjoy very high compression ratio and low fuel consumption per horsepower when compared to gas powered engines. They also have better torque ratios. They do not have spark slugs for ignition, and can ignite themselves. While these may be pros for looking into a diesel powered engine, when repairs are needed, a regular repair shop may not be able to complete the job with as much knowledge as a trained diesel specialist.

There are many differences between gasoline engines and diesel engines. The average driver, who has been driving a gasoline-powered vehicle, cannot simply jump into a diesel truck and assume that he or she can continue with business as usual. Further, this driver cannot expect the vehicle's maintenance practices to be the same. According to one maintenance site, diesel engines need to be warmed up, and a specialist may be more inclined to explain this to a driver. They are warmed by using oxygen for oxygenation, and they need an air tank attached to constantly supply oxygen to the engine. It also needs an oil tank. This is a crucial element for the engine to work properly and will need to be changed regularly.

Also, a specialist comprehends that a diesel engine has an intercooler which will reduce the temperature when heat is too high for the engine. Air filters and fuel filters will also need to be changed regularly, as they are used a lot to interfere with the high emissions from this type of engine. A specialist will know what and when to change these. In colder temperatures, diesel changes into an immobile gel, and will have a harder time starting. Another diesel specific problem is microbial growth within the engine. Most gasoline engine repairmen would not know to look for this. Diesel spurs the growth of microbes, like bacteria, fungus, yeast, and mold. This gets stuck within the fuel filters, plugging them up and creating many problems. This could be costly if a specialist wasn't aware of what the root of the problem actually was. And the longer it takes for someone to diagnose your engine problem, the more you are responsible for paying in labor costs. Bringing your vehicle to a diesel specialist could potentially lower labor costs for quicker diagnosis of common, but different engine issues.

There are major differences between diesel engines and gas powered engines, which is one of the reasons many auto repair facilities specialize with one repairman of each type. A lot of schooling and experience goes into learning the ins and outs of each kind of engine. According to one engine website, in a gasoline engine, the mixture of fuel and air is pulled into a cylinder, which is closed off. The piston thrust upward to create compression and a spark ignites the mixture, creating combustion and thrusting the piston back down to create mechanical energy. A diesel engine works along those same lines, but the high compression ratio in a diesel engine allows the air to heat up in the cylinder enough to ignite the fuel without a spark. Diesels also need to be water-cooled because of their high operational temperature. Second, structure and speed are major differences between those types of engines. Gas powered engines are lighter than diesels, and speed is controlled by increasing or decreasing the amount of air admitted into the cylinder. Diesel engines are considerably heavier and noisier, and they control speed based on how much fuel is in the cylinder.

So why is it so important for you to take your diesel engine to a diesel specialist? The differences and common problems listed above are the major supporting reason for one to take their vehicle to a specialist. The powerful diesel engines are becoming more common in regular pickup trucks. Many Answers Specialist Answers and maintain the diesel engines that power transportation equipment, construction equipment, and trains. The need for diesel mechanics who work on smaller vehicles, like Sprinters, pickup trucks, and vans has become more prevalent. Diesel maintenance is becoming increasingly complex, as more electronic components are used to control the operation of an engine. Diesel service technicians use a variety of tools in their work and also used a variety of diesel-specific computerized testing to diagnose common issues in diesel engines.

Everyone wants to keep their vehicle healthy, no matter what type of engine they have, but bringing yours to a diesel specialist will save you time and money in the long run.

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Source by B. Palmer

Acetone Vs Other Fuel Additives – Existing Technologies to Reduce Specific Toxicants & Increase MPG

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A lot of articles on the net, in particular the Peswiki articles explain the virtues of using Acetone as a fuel additive.

Overall, there are arguments for and against its use as an additive to both gas or diesel. The doping formula most recommended is 2 oz. per 10 gallons, that appear to result in these benefits

1. Slight increases in horsepower or performance.
2. Increases in MPG
3. Cleaning injectors and lower engine parts without affecting lubricity.
4. More stable idling and less "dieseling".
5. And Quicker startups.

Most of these results were with older engines, and rightfully so. Usually a new car / pickup / truck / motorcycle, construction equipment will not be appreciably helped with any gas / fuel additive.

It is interesting to note that one sentence in the Peswiki article was crossed out. I have copy-pasted it here: No one has yet reported damage to their engine from acetone being added to the fuel. Interesting, wouldn't you think? It implies that there are now reports that damage has occurred to engines as a result of Acetone being added to fuel.

Among the counter-productive results, there appears to be just as many who have had bad luck with Acetone. For example:

1. Some decreases in horsepower or performance.

2. An actual decrease in MPG

3. Although cleaning of injectors and lower engine parts, quite a few have reported injector damage, and resulting low idle speed fluctuations. And, if your State / County requires Vehicle Emissions Testing as a prerequisite to annual tabbing, this is one of the two major tests. Low idle speed fluctuations are fairly expensive to correct. As such, usually a testing exemption is applied for, and if granted, more visible exhaust and toxic emissions result. If not granted, just the parts, much less the labor is exorbitant. Sometimes the value of this repair on an older car is worth more than the vehicle

4. There is no organized or scientific approach studies that suggest Acetone either reduced or added to air quality (or carbon footprint). Indeed, the cautions include "Acetone is a poisonous substance with dangerous vapors, similar to gasoline."

5. Further warnings include: " Keep acetone away from painted surfaces. It is the key ingredient in paint remover. Manufacturers, of course do not have nor will they extend to you any warranties as to what damage may be done to your engine, or the paint job of your vehicle should you spill. They do not carry any liability, and rightfully so, if you use Acetone for other than its intended purpose.

6. Further searches for information on Acetone as an effective fuel additive do not reveal whether it is an emulsifier-separating moisture from the fuel.

7. Acetone does not work harmoniously with gasolines or fuels that contain alcohol or alcohol byproducts. By the way, most gasolines do contain a percentage of ethanol.

8. Acetone does not contain Algaecides, particularly for diesel fuel integrity.

9. If your vehicle is under warranty, Acetone is not an EPA registered product under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act for use as a fuel additive. Therefore its use as a fuel additive will void your warranty. Indeed, it would appear that selling or buying Acetone as a fuel additive is a legal no-no.

10. It is doubtful that Acetone is classified as a biodegradable substance.

11. When added to diesel fuels, there is no evidence that Acetone boosts Cetane points, thereby improving ignition quality and reliability.

Overall, when the anecdotal evidence of Acetone are considered, it appears that the jury is split about 50-50.

Other than regular maintenance, and the advent of catalytic oxidation (converters) the real challenge is that, over the past 15 or so years, there has been NO existing technologies that effectively or significantly, reduce specific toxicants, eg, that our autos are tested for at a Vehicle Emissions Testing Site. And given present infrastructure, the "closest" alternative fuels that would come closer to the objectives of:

1. cleaner air and climate control

2. improved or increased gas and diesel mileage

3. improved performance and increased horsepower

————– appears to be Natural Gas (NG), although this alternative fuel, along with fuels from corns and wheats have their own distribution channels to work out. Hydrogen appears to be a perfect fuel source, although it is not a naturally occurring gas, and the technology is expensive-any commercially, as opposed to homemade devices, do not appear to be forthcoming in the near future.

So, from a technical viewpoint, what should present science look like? First, it should be practical and easy to apply . It should be able to take advantage of present infrastructure and distribution methods. It should be available, NOW . And least, it should be very affordable. Notwithstanding these attributes, the technology would fail-simply due to human nature.

A fuel additive should have these features and benefits or look something like the following:
· EPA registered, a fuel-additive product that should be patented to improve fuel economy, and not to remove paint.
· California CARB approved
· MSDS listed.
Works with Gasoline or Diesel engines.
Reduce visible exhaust and toxic exhaust emissions (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO) and oxides of nitrogen (NO) -by at least 30%
· Lubrication properties that provide "top oil 'lubricity (and not just" without affecting lubricity ", which leads the Acetone claims as a little bit lame. Also see the above crossed out claim) protecting vital engine parts.
· Increase horsepower
· Cetane boosts of 8 points to improve ignition quality and reliability.
Reduce carbon and EGR soot buildup.
· Emulsifiers to separate moisture from fuel.
· Algaecides to maintain fuel integrity
· Detergents that clean fuel injectors, pumps and fuel systems without damaging them.
· Fuel stabilizers reducing contamination and improve oxidation and thermal stability
· Lower fuel surface tension affecting more complete fuel burn.
· Comprising ingredients environmentally safe-biodegradable petrochemicals
· Guaranteed with a $ 1,000,000 liability in case of harm to engine parts, fuel lines, storage or fuel tanks.
· Will not, because of EPA testing, and registration, void engine manufacturer's warranties (see Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act US Code – Title 15, Chapter 50, Sections 2301-2312)
· Works in all engines, gas or diesel, without modification.
· Does not contain alcohol, methanol, isopropyl, MBTE, sulfur or metals.
· EPA, SAE and Field Tested for over 7 years and approximately 400,000,000 miles.
· Will not harm your paint if you spill it while adding to your fuel.
· OH, and it should be about as inexpensive, if not less expensive than the same quantity of Acetone.

With the following specifications:
Lubricity ……………………………………… (HFRR) 380
…………………………………………….. ….. 315-610 Deg F
Vapor Pressure …………………………. (mm Hg.) 0.18
PourPoint / Gel Inhibitor …………… to -20 Deg F
Flash Point ………………………………… 105 Deg F
Derived Cetane ………………………… 8 points
DOT …………………………………………. Hazard Class 3, Packing II (eg,) no storing or transporting prohibitions

And I might add that the manufacturer should put their money where their mouth is. Acetone cannot not do this as a fuel additive. There is also no protection under the Magnuson-Moss Act. However, there are some fuel additive providers that give a 100% "unconditional" money back guarantee if the product does not live up to expectations, and most have liability (some up to $ 1,000,000 for each claim) coverage that is substantial. You also have the protection of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act US Code – Title 15, Chapter 50, Sections 2301-2312)

As a former owner of a small trucking company, and a family of many children that drives a lot of miles-I did not at first know all of this. But it became fairly important to me.

I realized that in experimenting with products with these attributes I experienced a $ 12,000 improvement to my bottom-line, with one 18 wheeler, and an almost $ 21,000 improvement in my older Peterbilt. And, these results were attained without changing my driving habits . Significant to say the least. In trucking, fuel costs are second only to personnel and benefits costs.

Each of the older cars that my family drives (I don't exactly believe in buying new cars) there was an average of a little over a net $ 620 per year in fuel savings averaged in 5 cars. Three of the 5 cars we gave up after more than 250,000 miles (another benefit that I believe a good fuel additive should contribute to). We are still exceeding exhaust emissions standards by about 30% at the lowest and 50% at the most, as measured by our Vehicle Emissions Testing for our county.

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Source by Fred Frost Jr

How Online Dating As Distance Dating Can Be Very Positive

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Many people today include mobility in their already-busy schedules. While it can be a good thing, it can also prevent a person from having an active social life. If mobility is part of your life, free online dating can be a wonderful solution to your social dilemma.

Free online dating provides the opportunity to meet people in other locations. One example is the person who is planning to move to a different city or region. While moving can be stressful in itself, the stress can be compounded by not knowing anyone in your new location. Online dating gives you the chance to get to know many new people long before you arrive. Not only will this make the move less stressful, you can be confident in knowing you have some new friends to socialize with after when you get to your new hometown.

Another example is the person who is making a temporary move. Whether you are a student going away to college, or a member of the military preparing to be stationed in an unfamiliar area, free online dating is your key to new friends and a social life.

People who travel for business or pleasure can also benefit from free online dating. Although traveling can be fun, it can be more fun if you can meet other singles during your trips. Planning stops in unfamiliar towns and cities can turn into exciting dating experiences when you start your plans with meeting people online.

These days, adults of all ages are more mobile than most people were in the past. Regardless of your reason for traveling, or the duration of your trip, getting to know other singles in advance will make the entire experience much better. Free online dating can help you find singles who share your interests in your new hometown, on your college campus or military base, or on the stops of your road trip. Instead of having these experiences alone, or walking into a bar filled with strangers, you can have a great time when you begin with online dating as distance dating. It is a nice, easy way to make friends.

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Source by Mary Stanhope

Benefits of Biodiesel – Enough For You to Smile?

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How would you know Biodiesel fuel is better than the fossil fuels? What are the factors we will need to compare them? Are we capable of replacing all the fossil fuel demands?

Will there be a shortage of production? Will the price of fuel ever go down?

To answer all of these questions, let us investigate the pros and cons of using a Biodiesel fuel. Let us start with the benefits and here they are:

  • It has a lower emission compared to petroleum diesel, so it has a better effect on our environment.
  • It is less toxic and biodegrades faster.
  • It lessens our dependence on foreign oil and so it helps our economy.
  • It has a better lubricating properties
  • Its resources are available in almost all of the countries in the world.

How about the roadblocks? These are the roadblocks we foresee right now:

  • It will require a vast area of ​​land to produce enough fuel to replace the petroleum fuel.
  • The production cost in some countries is still expensive.
  • There is still a need to improve the processing method and its quality.
  • Most manufactured diesel engines are still designed for petroleum diesel.

What problems did we discovered so far? In some manufactured products, they found a small amount of water in the fuel; as a result here are its side effects:

  • It causes a reduction of heat combustion.
  • It is harder to start.
  • Creates more smoke.
  • It causes Engine corrosion.
  • Water accelerates microbe colonies which shorten the life cycle of the paper filter elements that result in premature failure of the fuel pump.
  • In cold place weather, water freezes to form ice crystals which accelerate the gelling of the residual fuel.
  • Water can cause plugging up a fuel system.
  • Water can cause pitting in the pistons of diesel engines.

As a conclusion, the benefits of Biodiesel fuel have great values. The fact that it affects our health is more than enough reason for us to continue using it. However, there is still a lot of work ahead of us to truly replace the fossil fuels with bio fuel.

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Source by Orlando Racelis

Safe Driving Tips: How to Prevent Traffic Accidents and Violations

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As a driver, you are not only responsible for your own safety, but also for the protection of your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. With that said, it is crucial to practice safe driving to avoid potential accidents and violations. Here are a few safe driving tips you need to follow.

Be A Careful Driver

  1. Plan ahead . If you want to go on a long trip, it is best to plan it ahead of time. You must decide what time you must leave and which routes to take. It is advisable to avoid heavy traffic or high-speed roads. In addition, try to avoid going to poor weather areas.
  2. Wear your seatbelt . Everyone inside the vehicle must wear a safety belt, especially you. Additionally, wear the belt correctly. The belt must go over your shoulder and across your lap.
  3. Don't over-speed . Slow down and don't go beyond the speed limit. Remember that over-speeding will only give you less time to react in case something unexpected happens. This increases the likelihood and seriousness of an accident.
  4. Stay focused and alert . You must pay close attention to traffic all the time. With that said, never use your mobile phone while driving.

Never Do The Following While Driving

  1. Don't drink and drive . Never drive when you're drunk. Remember that alcohol can impair your senses and can slow down your reaction time. In addition, it lowers your ability to concentrate on the road. Even when you don't feel or act drunk, alcohol might still affect your driving abilities.
  2. Avoid driving when angry or tired . If you start feeling tired or drowsy, you can pull your car over where it is safe. Take a short break until you feel better and more alert.
  3. Do not eat, drink, or use your mobile phone while driving . These activities can distract you while driving. Texting and calling while driving are even considered as traffic violations in certain states.

Perform Regular Car Maintenance

  1. Regular car maintenance is a must. In doing so, you can check the condition of your vehicle. If you find any problems or potential trouble, you must immediately bring it to the professional mechanic. This will help you avoid traffic accidents and violations.
  2. Check your gas. Make sure that your car has plenty of gas.
  3. Clean your car. Keep your windshields, mirrors, and car interiors clean and sanitary.

These safe driving tips are crucial in preventing accidents. It also protects you from getting into trouble with the law. If you fail to follow these tips, you might end up getting pulled over by a police officer or you might find yourself in a serious accident.

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Source by Sara Schweiger

Biodiesel Conversion Kits – What Are They and Why Should You Use One?

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If you own a diesel car or truck, the idea of ​​being able to run your car off biodiesel or vegetable oil can be alluring. Just think: No more gas pumps … no more paying for gas. But while an unmodified diesel engine can burn biodiesel, or even vegetable oil in principle, converting your engine with a few simple modifications can optimize the performance of your biodiesel engine and forestall wear and tear caused by the thicker fuel.

What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a less viscous and more easily burned fuel made from vegetable oil. It is made by removing glycerin and transforming the liberated fatty acids into methyl esters. Any sort of straight vegetable or seed oil (SVO) can function as a fuel due to their high chemical energy values. Used vegetable oil, called WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil) can be sourced from restaurants, as an alternative to new vegetable oil. You will have strain the restaurant oil in order to get the bacon bits and other leftovers. And I can't advise eating those.

Why do you need to convert your engine in order to use Biodiesel or SVO / WVO?

The biggest problem with unmodified vegetable oils as a fuel is that they tend to "gel" in cold weather, which creates problems in delivering the fuel to the engine, and can strain the filter and fuel injection system. Additionally, straight vegetable oil burns at a higher ignition temperature, making it harder to burn off in the engine.

Biodiesel itself is not entirely free of cold weather issues relative to ordinary petroleum diesel, and it also tends to degrade the rubber hosing inside the engine over time.

What are Biodiesel Conversion Kits?

In a typical conversion kit, a second tank in the trunk of the car to hold biodiesel or SVO / WVO will be installed in addition to your old petroleum diesel tank. The second tank contains a heater to preheat the fuel to "loosen" it, as well as optimize it for burning more effectively in the engine.

What are the pros and cons of converting to biodiesel?

Biodiesel or SVO / WVO is "carbon neutral", since the carbon released on combustion is balanced by that absorbed by the plant which produced the oil as it grew, and due to the lower cost of vegetable oil, you can recover the cost of the conversion though savings on fuel. Unfortunately, though, making such a conversion can void your warranty if you own a new car which is still under warranty.

It is also critical to remember that while you won't be paying for gas any more, you will have a new hobby as a biodiesel processor. You're going to need a workspace that is extremely well ventiliated, plus a lot of tolerance from the other people who live in the house. Biodiesel production is messy.


It is not surprising that diesel engines can run easily on plant-based oils, since Rudolph Diesel himself intended his first engine to run off peanut oil. The modern diesel engine is not substantially different from that model made over a century ago, and newer technology can make the diesel engine run off fuels other than petroleum-derived diesel fuel even more effectively.

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Source by Cecilia Montrose

Individual Health Insurance Guidelines

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If you're not a dependent on your family's plan or quit your job you will be hard pressed to be covered by a health insurance plan. Once you finally decide to go out and look for an individual health plan, you will gasp at how expensive they are. Individual health coverage doesn't mean one person, it can be for your whole family, but it is called individual health insurance because it is not tied to a business or self employed.

The rules and strict guidelines each individual health plan require vary greatly from state to state. Don't be tempted to go without health insurance if all the options overwhelm you, it is better to be covered should you get into a car accident or have a piano fall on your head. You will be financially ruined without a health plan. You will also lose pre-existing coverage if you aren't covered for more than 2 or 3 months. Being covered at all times these days is imperative for staying healthy and out of debt.

If you've left your job, the answer to this problem is the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). Some employers that offer you group health plans must offer most employees the option to continue it for up to 18 months. The downside to this is that the employee will have to pay far greater for this coverage that they would normally pay. You will have around 2 months (60 days) to enroll in COBRA or not. When you start to lose the group coverage, you will need to look for individual health plans for you and / or your family. You should apply to the individual health plans within the 60 days after you enroll in COBRA so that you can see if you're accepted or not before your coverage stops. If you find yourself after the group coverage expires, you will need to find some short term insurance fast so that you're protected.

Pre existing medical conditions will make your individual health coverage hunting more difficult and expensive. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) prevents insurers from excluding people with pre-existing medical conditions from coverage only if they were previously part of a group plan, such as one provided by a former employer. There are also many requirements you must meet before putting HIPAA to work, therefore you should check with insurance agents before applying for one. If you had your group coverage terminated for any reason including fraud, or you've already used up your COBRA benefits, you won't be able to get a HIPAA plan.

Among all the choices within the Individual health plan environment, there are even more choices in the grand scheme of health insurance itself. You will discover that individual health plans offer the same plans including HMOs PPOs and point of service places. Your spending limit, choice of doctor and plan type depends entirely on you. So get out there and start searching for that individual health insurance plan that is right for you and your budget.

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Source by Michael Bell