Sales of diesel-powered vehicles are expected to increase 168% this year and continue to grow into 2019. Today's diesel engines offer improved fuel economy and lower emissions, making them an excellent choice for car and light truck buyers.
If you own a vehicle with a diesel engine, you'll want to find ways to improve the performance of the engine and get more power out of it.
We're here to give you some tips on how to make your diesel engine faster.
Improving the Performance of Your Diesel Engine
Here are the top ways to get more out of your engine.
1. Upgrade the Air Intake
One sure way to increase the performance of a diesel vehicle is to improve the airflow to the engine. An upgraded air flow kit will allow more air to get to the engine which will create more power.
Also, the new airflow kit will draw air from outside of the engine compartment which brings in colder air. Because colder air is denser and holds more oxygen, it will increase the amount of power the engine produces.
An upgraded air flow system can increase horsepower and improve fuel economy at the same time.
2. Change or Reprogram the ECM
The Engine Control Module (ECM) controls engine performance by changing vital engine parameters like the air-fuel mixture and maximum RPM.
Reprogramming or replacing the ECM is an easy way for you to alter these setting to let the engine develop more horsepower and torque to improve performance.
ECM upgrades not only create more power but are a great way of improving diesel efficiency.
3. Using New Fuel Injectors
If you've increased the air flow to the engine and set up the ECM to produce more power, then the next step is to upgrade the fuel injectors.
New fuel injectors will allow more fuel to reach the engine and increase horsepower. Most performance fuel injectors have individual injector nozzles which create more pressure and do a better job of atomizing the fuel.
All this means better engine performance as well as higher fuel economy.
Using a performance turbocharger is a great way to get more power from diesel engines.
The turbo works by pushing more air into the engine and pressurizing the air intake. Using a turbo can allow it to generate higher power while improving engine efficiency.
A typical stock turbo increases air flow three to four times over a non-turbo engine. However, a performance turbo can increase airflow five to ten times above a non-turbo engine, giving you a higher boost in horsepower.
5. Performance Exhaust
If you're increasing the engine horsepower, then you'll need to upgrade your exhaust system.
Unlike stock exhaust systems which maximize noise reduction, a performance exhaust system will have a larger diameter and have fewer bends increasing the exhaust flow through the system.
A wider, straighter exhaust system will also lower the exhaust gas temperature and improve the horsepower and torque produced by the engine.
Upgrading Your Ride
Your diesel engine is a high-tech system which can quickly and easily be tuned to maximize performance.
Of course, you'll want to make sure you regularly do diesel engine maintenance to keep it in top running condition.
Check back often to read more about diesel vehicles.