Biodiesel will not only contribute to making the atmosphere a lot earth friendlier, it can also make your car's motor run better. Thus, using this as an alternative to the traditional fuel source is like hitting two birds with one stone --- it's better for both you and your car. Biodiesel is very easy to make. Surprisingly, most of the things you will need to have your car running on biodiesel are available in your own home.
Below are some tips to making high quality biodiesel:
Mixing Vegetable with Petroleum Diesel
Mixing vegetable oil with petroleum diesel has a purpose. Vegetable oil is a lot thicker, as you should know. And if you add this pure mixture to the car, there is a possibility that it may wreck your car's engine. Therefore, mixing some petrol-diesel to it would sound like a good idea. When you mix these two items together, vegetable becomes thinner and thus flows into the combustion chamber more freely.
People have different ratios for mixing vegetable with petro-diesel. Some mix about one part vegetable oil to ten parts petro-diesel or vice versa. Some would first pre-heat the mixture, while others do not do this anymore. This is actually a personal choice. Do take note, though, that there will be some effects to your car in the long run. You have to know what's best for your car's engine before deciding on the right kind of mixture. 5-cylinders, for example, have tougher motors, so a stronger ratio of vegetable oil versus petro-diesel will probably be more tolerable for it.
This process is still cleaner and a lot eco-friendlier than going regular petrol-diesel all the way.
Mixing Vegetable Oil with Solvents
If you do not like using petrol-diesel, you can still use vegetable oil in your car, provided you mix this with some other solvent. This process may require some careful handling because you will be dealing with chemicals. You should have the right tools and items to do your mixture. You must also do this in a safe place, like a backyard kitchen, away from children.
You can use solvents such as a paint stripper, naphthalene balls or turpentine. You can also use unleaded gasoline, if you like. Although, use this at your own risk, as there may be some long term effects to the engine. Do your research first before doing this.
Going with Pure Vegetable Oil
The cleanest and most economical way is to use pure vegetable oil as biodiesel. But before you will be able to do this, some modifications have to be made into your engine tank. You have to fit a single-tank system and replace fuel injectors with plugs that have been optimized for vegetable oil use. You will also have to look into changing your fuel heating.
This process may sound like a lot of work and expense, but for long-term, it should prove more effective and so much more practical for you.