Over the last few decades, consumers have become more and more concerned with vehicle emissions and their negative impact on our environment. The diesel engines of the past were not known for operating cleanly, so automobile manufacturers around the world were forced to look into new options for reducing these emissions. One way that they have been able to accomplish this is through the use of a substance called AdBlue. Here's what you need to know about it.
AdBlue is a chemical solution designed specifically for use in diesel engines. When diesel fuel goes through the combustion process to power your vehicle's engine, it releases a gas called nitrogen oxide. This gas is then released through the tailpipe and into the air, diminishing the quality of the air we breathe and causing other environmental complications.
AdBlue breaks down nitrogen oxide into its component parts, nitrogen, and oxygen, both of which are harmless gases. When your engine is running, the AdBlue heats up, and this chemical reaction turns it into ammonia. The ammonia then reacts with the nitrogen oxide to break it down.
AdBlue Maintenance Requirements
If your diesel vehicle is equipped with AdBlue, as most newer cars and trucks are, you'll need to maintain it similarly to your engine oil. This means that you'll need to change your AdBlue periodically. Depending on your particular vehicle, size of your AdBlue tank and driving habits, you'll typically need to change your AdBlue about every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, although some vehicle brands can go up to 12,500 miles before needing a top-up.
Without AdBlue, your car will not start, so it is crucial that you keep up with regular changes. When the warning light comes on, alerting you that you need to change your AdBlue, you should not delay in refilling it. If it gets too low and won't start, a little top-up won't get your engine going again; you'll need to fill it up all the way to unlock it. Aim to keep your AdBlue above the halfway point to prevent this inconvenience from happening to you.
Care for Your Diesel at Cambridge Truck
If you are unsure if your diesel truck or car uses AdBlue, refer to your owner's manual or ask your mechanic. Here at Cambridge Truck, we have several diesel trucks that will suit your needs. Stop on by today to view our inventory or give us a call to learn more about our options. When working with us, we promise to find you a reliable vehicle that will get you from point A to point B, and everywhere in between.