Converting to Vegetable Oil
Should You Convert Your Car to Run on Vegetable Oil?
More and more bio-fuel stations are starting to pop up all across the United States of America and heated debates have started to take place regarding the environmental effects and overall feasibility of these mass-produced bio-fuels. If you are personally considering a way to lessen your carbon footprint, why not convert your car to run on vegetable oil? This is definitely the best option to date to turn you car into the ideal eco-friendly vehicle.
Can Your Car Be Converted to Run on Vegetable Oil?
Vegetable oil conversion is sadly not a solution that the whole world can take advantage of. Cars with diesel engines are the only ones that can be properly converted to run on vegetable oil. Also, keep in mind that although the steps of this conversion process can be done from the comforts of your own garage, it will come with a lot of internal tinkering of your car. This conversion process will also need quite a bit of automotive knowledge and can therefore go quite wrong if you’re not as knowledgeable as you need to be.
How to Convert Your Car to Run on Vegetable Oil
1. Gather the Required Equipment
The simplest and best way to ensure that you get all of the parts that you require to go through this conversion process is to buy a fuel conversion kit, which is readily available for purchase in the online retailer market. This kit is of the utmost essence unless you are a complete professional and know everything about a car’s engine that needs to be known. If you wish to find certified kit installers, you can find professionals in certain discussion forums. These kits are quite expensive, so you might feel the need to back out when you remind yourself there are also installer fees to pay for. But in reality, they are much cheaper than buying similar parts from automotive stores and modifying things on your own. The most important components needed for this conversion are: an SVO fuel tank of any shape, material and size; a heat exchanger, either separate or built-in, SVO fuel lines that are preferably synthetic and made from metal or polyethlene since they are easier to find and more reliable since rubber will simply end up dissolving; a fuel selector valve with either three-port motorized fuel selector valves or three-port solenoid valves to switch fuel supplies when needed; a simple fuel selector on/off switch; and a regular SVO fuel filter; a fuel line "T" connector
2. Install the New Parts
Although every conversion kit will come with very specific instructions catering to their particular set of parts, they usually involve the same basic processes: put the SVO fuel tank together, re-route the fuel lines as needed, and then eventually try out the new and improved fuel system.
In conclusion, converting your car to run on vegetable oil comes with the need for a huge amount of investment in both time and money. However, once the conversion process is complete, the biggest hurdle has been overcome. All you have to do from there is take the best care of your engine and keep it running as a reliable green vehicle. You will feel great.
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