10 Myths and Facts About Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Diesel use has been used by many people and businesses worldwide since its discovery in the 1890s. However, as the economy progresses and diesel use increased, its harmful effects on the environment also increased. Because of this, Diesel Exhaust Fluid was made to help reduce toxic chemicals emitted by cars and factories that operate on diesel.

And despite its purpose of reducing harmful emissions, myths about it continue to surface. So, here are facts to demystify these ten myths:

DEF is Toxic

It is not. Even if you find the cheapest Diesel Exhaust Fluid, its characteristic is the same—non-toxic, non-flammable, and non-hazardous. And these are what make it safe and helps in pollution reduction.

DEF is Urine

DEF’s components are made of deionized water and urea (which is found in urine.) Urea is a waste product of almost many living organisms, so it is still not urine.

It is Hard to Use

Filling up a 2.5-gallon of DEF tank is already enough for about 800 miles of travel, and filling it up is as easy as putting water in your car’s radiator. It’s not that hard.

DEF is Unstable

Unlike other fluids, there is no need to worry about DEF’s chemical reaction to changes in temperature. Be it cold or humid weather; it is stable because urea does not transform despite any temperature change.

You Can’t Easily Buy DEF

Purchasing DEF is as accessible as buying candies in convenience stores. Where ever you see truck stops and gasoline stations, this fluid is readily available.

Only Professionals Can Fill Your Tank

As mentioned earlier, DEF is easy to use, which means there is no need to call for a professional to help you fill the DEF tank. There is no need to visit a gasoline station or an auto shop because you can do it even in your garage.

No Factory DEF Will Damage My Car

If you ever find different brand names for DEF, do not be confused about which is better because they all have the same components and function. It will not damage your car as it is non-toxic.

DEF Evaporates

No, they don’t. But unless it is constantly exposed to120 degrees for two years, that is the only time it will turn to ammonia and evaporate.

DEF is a New Invention

DEF has been around for many years now and is used by commercial and agricultural applications. It may sound new to car owners who do not have a DEF tank, though.

DEF has More Cons than Pros

Since DEF is primarily made to help reduce harmful chemicals released in the air, there are more pros than cons. The actual con is that one might need to increase his operating cost—but not much. This slight increase has advantages like increased truck power, better fuel efficiency, and many more.

Learn more through this infographic by Pure Diesel Power, the leader in diesel parts and performance.

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