If you have a car diesel entered the years where you notice that the power is not that of the first day, quite possibly you’ve wondered about the advantages and disadvantages of decarbonise your engine. We speak of a process which is very fashionable in the last few years, a sort of “miracle” to clean the interior of your diesel engine and as well recover the power loss, reducing consumption and reducing emissions in the face of ITV. Discover what is decarbonization and their effects on our diesel engine.
What is the decarbonisation of the engine?
To decarbonise an engine is, as its name indicates, a process by which seeks to eliminate waste and internal deposits that accumulate an internal combustion engine over time and miles, even more so when the use is majority in city and/or when we drive at very low laps. Although the accumulation of waste is a process that affects all engines regardless of the fuel, in the case of the diesel is the more marked by the increased presence of waste and the use of systems, anti-pollution whose aim is to prevent the expulsion of waste to the outside.
The accumulation of deposits in the interior of combustion chambers, manifolds, EGR or valves causing a loss of performance that affects the performance and fuel consumption. Therefore, the cleaner the engine, the better it will work. The decarbonation then pursues the burning of these waste materials through a pyrolysis at very high temperature, a scenario that is caused by running the engine with compounds that are introduced externally. The most common procedure is to decarbonization by Hydrogen, a gas that is introduced into the intake to favor the burning and elimination of all the carbon attached.
Why it is advisable to decarbonising a diesel
Although the processes of decarbonization does not cease to be an extra effort for the engine, we speak of a process that aims to achieve a controlled burning of the waste internally. This process usually requires between 1 and 2 hours of engine operation at different regimes, but in the end the goal is always the same: induce a pyrolysis able to incinerate the waste internal. The results of these processes depend very much on the engine and the state of the same at the time of performing the decarbonization. Miracles do not exist and improvements can be mild, if not hardly noticeable, but the goal of decarbonization is able to recover the original power of the engine and reduce the fuel consumption and emissions.
The results between a motor and another can vary as it is not the same as a car in a very bad state where decarbonisation will not be able to offer an improvement, a car well-maintained, but with a lot of use where the time and the miles have left their mark. In the same way we have to keep in mind that the decarbonisation is a process useless if the problem of our car is not the carbon build-up, but another fault which offers some similar symptoms: turbocharger failed, injectors dirty, filters in poor condition, etc.. Is very important to go to specialists who know how to assess if your car needs it, or not, a decarbonization, as when speaking of a strain on the engine you may end up finding more problems than we solve.
When you must not decarbonise the engine
Knowing already what is decarbonization and their advantages and disadvantages, most important of all is to know when a diesel engine needs a decarbonization. Before turning to the easy solution to decarbonise our car, the first thing you should do is an in-depth inspection of our propeller in search of possible damage, leaks or components in poor condition. In many occasions, we empecinamos in search for faults where there are and a simple inspection can detect problems in certain components, such as turbocharger, injectors, EGR or FAP that cause the same problems of lack of performance and sudden increase in consumption.
It is also important that, if once inspected our car and discarded the failures, to verify the correct status of auxiliary systems such as cooling and lubricating systems. We repeat that the decarbonisation is in essence a strain on the engine, so any problem in cooling, or lubrication may cause the decarbonization ends in a breakdown, very serious.