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10 Myths And Facts About Diesel Exhaust Fluid

by Jerry P Jonson

As people and many business industries operate in and use diesel, it has caused harm to the environment, resulting in calls to reduce the harmful effects of diesel use. In response, Selective Catalytic Reduction and Diesel Exhaust Fluid were created. However, many myths have been surrounding Diesel Exhaust Fluid or DEF, and here are some facts to debunk them.

DEF is Toxic

It is as safe as a baking soda with a pH of 9.0. DEF is non-toxic, non-flammable, and non-hazardous; these characteristics help in the reduction of harmful chemicals.

DEF is Urine

While DEF is made from deionized water and urea (a component that you can also find in urine,) it is not urine. People and car owners should know that since the 1930s, experts have found a way to create urea’s synthetic form through synthetic ammonia and carbon dioxide through a heated and sealed process.

It is Hard to Use

Filling a DEF tank is as easy as pouring or filling your car’s radiator with water. A 2.5-gallon of DEF can serve you for about 800 miles of travel.

DEF is Unstable

Urea is one of the components that make up DEF; toxic chemical change does not happen despite extreme weather changes, making it stable.

You Can’t Easily Buy DEF

Car owners can have easy access to DEF when they need it for their trucks. In a truck stop or gasoline station, as long as they sell diesel fuels, DEF can be bought. The cheapest diesel exhaust fluid can start at $2.50 per gallon to $8 per gallon.

Only Professionals Can Fill Your Tank

As mentioned earlier, DEF tank filling is easy. It means that there is no need to ask for aprofessional to do it for you. It is not tricky to use, and you can perform the tank filling even in your garage.

No Factory DEF Will Damage My Car

Despite different brand names out in the market, DEF has the same components and functions. So, there is no need to worry because it won’t do your car any harm.

DEF Evaporates

Stop worrying about DEF evaporating because it will turn to ammonia and fade only when it is constantly exposed to 120 degrees for two years.

DEF is a New Invention

Like SCR, DEF has been around for quite a long time already as both are used in agricultural and commercial applications. 

DEF has More Cons than Pros

Using DEF hasmore pros than cons. The only thing that you might consider a disadvantageis that you will have a slight increase in your operating expenses, and that’sit!

Check out this infographic by Pure Diesel Power to learn more. 

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