Some good information about BioDiesel
What is BioDiesel?
- Biodiesel is an alternative fuel and fuel additive for use in all diesel engines. Biodiesel has been extensively researched, registered, and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Biodiesel is made from soybean oil, vegetable oils and other natural ingredients. Rudolf Diesel invented the “Diesel” engine over 100 years ago, and designed it to run on pure vegetable oil.
- Biodiesel is non-toxic and biodegradable. Biodiesel is 10 times less toxic than table salt, and biodegrades faster than sugar!
- Biodiesel is Clean-Burning. Biodiesel significantly lowers emissions that produce smog and acid rain. Better air quality means better health for people and our planet.
- Biodiesel is a renewable fuel. Made from seed crops and animal fats grown by American farmers, Biodiesel is an “EVER GREEN” source of energy.
- Biodiesel is REALLY good for our nation’s economy. Production and use of Biodiesel supports American agriculture and creates industry jobs, while decreasing our national dependence on finite supplies of foreign oil.
- Biodiesel can be used in about any diesel engine without modification*. Just “pour and go”!
- Biodiesel is a good solvent, and will clean out corrosion and carbon build-up in the fuel system, during initial use in blends of 20% and higher. This is normal, and can cause filter plugging. Change the fuel filter as needed until this effect subsides. The result with continued use of Biodiesel is a clean, well maintained fuel system.*
- Biodiesel can be used by itself, or blended in any percentage with petroleum diesel. The percentage of Biodiesel in a blend is denoted as “B__”. For example, B100 is 100% Biodiesel, B20 is 20% Biodiesel blended with 80% petroleum, B2 is 2% Biodiesel blended with 98% petroleum, etc.
- Biodiesel’s performance is equivalent to petroleum diesel. More than 15 million miles of road tests show similar horsepower, torque, and fuel consumption with Biodiesel, compared to petroleum diesel.
- Biodiesel improves lubrication. Better lubricity means the engine runs cooler and quieter. Biodiesel used in any percentage can extend engine life by 1.5 to 2 times! By adding 1% Biodiesel to a tank of Petro Diesel you increase lubricity by 60%.
*Biodiesel dissolves residues deposited by petroleum diesel in the fuel tank and lines so filters may need to be replaced more often upon initial use. Starting in low quantity biodiesel blends may help gradually clean the engine and minimize the filter clogging. Replacement of rubber with synthetic rubber (Viton™) hoses and seals may be required on older engines.
*Special warning for 2007-2010 vehicles
Unfortunately, most diesel vehicles available in the United States since late 2007 are equipped with a new type of emissions system that can cause serious problems when using biodiesel. Sadly, this includes the 2009 and 2010 Volkswagen TDIs, 2007.5 and newer Dodge trucks, and others. The cause of the incompatibility is related to the diesel particulate filter (DPF), and a post-combustion injection cycle that some manufacturers are using in its regeneration cycle. While it is possible to safely use these vehicles with high-blend biodiesel under certain driving conditions and with proper monitoring, we cannot recommend this for most drivers due to the level of extra attention that would be required.