The word “BS6” is floating on everybody’s mouth for the past half-year. Finally, something is happening in our environment’s favour. Even though the world is struggling in maintaining pollution all over the globe, India is no different. Due to this, the Indian government decided to skip BS5 and jumped straight to the next. The BS6 changes have led the automotive companies to work from their heel to toe.
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The new norms have encouraged the development of new engineering techniques. There are huge piles of changes when shifting from BS4 to BS6. The first and foremost change is in the fuel. BS6 fuel is different from the BS4 fuel in terms of the constituents especially BS6 diesel fuel. Now let’s come to the burning question.
Can BS4 vehicles run on BS6 fuel?
The straight answer is YES!! a BS4 vehicle can run on new BS6 fuel provided it is a petrol engine and need to worry about any problems.
- A diesel engine, it’ll be having no trouble running on new fuel in the initial stage but in long term, it’ll have a deep impact on the engine as well as your pocket. As the new upcoming fuel is deficient of sulphur which reacts with nickel inside the fuel system of the vehicle and acts as a lubricant. It keeps the parts in the fuel system such as the fuel pump, injectors.
- Tests have suggested that there is a certain drop in the fuel’s cetane number when reducing the sulphur content in the fuel. Cetane number is how well the diesel fuel burns. Higher the number better is the combustion of the fuel.
- Running a car on low sulphur may lead to many small and big long-term problems. The old fuel contains nearly 50mg/kg of sulphur whereas the new bs6 fuel only has 10mg/kg which more than sufficient to do damage to the old BS4 Diesel engines.
- Reduced cetane number leads to reduced power and fuel economy. As high as a 7% loss in fuel economy.
Solution: The damage to the internals of a diesel fuel system is inevitable if we keep on running BS4 diesel vehicles on BS6 fuel. This might be sorted by additive products which we could be added along with diesel while refilling to keep these essential systems lubricated alongside not harming the environment.
Additives might increase the efficiency of the engine even higher than before depending upon the additive.
We hope that additives make their entry in the automotive market and save our old engines until they are alive. Stay tuned for further BS6 updates and news. Tell us in the comment section about the doubts you have regarding BS6.