Converting a car to gas – what is the cost, what should you pay attention to and does it pay off?
Savings – who doesn’t like them? It is worth saving and optimizing costs wherever possible, also when traveling or commuting. For this reason, cars with gas installations are very popular in Poland.
A glance at prices at gas stations is enough to quickly find out that gas is cheaper than gasoline by up to 50-60%. What should you know before you decide to install LPG in your car?
What do you need to watch out for when converting your car to gas?
On the Internet you can find a lot of information about converting a car to gas. There are fierce discussions on Internet forums about whether any car can be converted to gas. Opinions on this topic are divided. There are many arguments for the fact that not all makes or models of cars can install LPG installations.
Therefore, if we want our car to be equipped with a gas installation, we should think about it before buying it. Some motors require complicated assembly and appropriate type of installation. This, in turn, can directly translate into assembly costs. In practice, it may turn out that the gas installation in a given car model is practically unprofitable or will pay off only after a long time of using the car.
Car conversion to gas only in a professional service
Before we decide to install a gas system in our car, we should pay attention to several important issues. First of all, choose the right company that deals with the assembly of LPG installations and which will competently advise you on what type of installation to buy.
Secondly, get an idea of what the servicing of the LPG system we choose looks like.
There are many companies on the market that deal with the installation of gas installations in cars. Unfortunately, not all workshops do it professionally.
Therefore, before choosing a company that will perform the installation of LPG in our car, it is worth to know the opinions about it. Usually we find them on the workshop profiles on social networks.
Car servicing with LPG installation
A car with a gas installation should undergo technical inspection every year. For a car inspection with an LPG system you should pay a little more than for a car without such an installation. Each new gas installation must be registered in the communications department. It also generates additional costs.
Drivers must remember that on average every 10-15 thousand kilometers they should change the gas filter and check the tightness of the entire installation in the workshop. After covering 60,000 kilometers, it is necessary to check the injectors, and after 100,000 kilometers driven it is necessary to replace the reducer and the injection rail. In addition, the approval of the gas cylinder itself is valid for 10 years.
It is true that it can be extended for another 10 years. However, it is usually recommended to replace the old cylinder with a new one.
Gas car – the pros and cons of LPG installations in cars
Everything has its pros and cons. It is no different in the case of gas installations in cars.
Below are the basic advantages of LPG installations in cars:
- due to high octane power it causes lower exhaust emissions compared to other types of fuels,
- there is no harmful sulfur in the gas,
- does not produce soot during combustion,
- does not produce deposits that can contaminate engine oil,
- great travel saving,
- quieter engine operation.
Here is a list of the most frequently mentioned defects in cars with gas installation:
- ignition of gas requires more energy,
- risk of flashback to the collector, which may cause its failure,
- risk of burning valve seats,
- higher LPG consumption compared to gasoline by about 15-25%,
- cylinder approval is 10 years,
- the need to pay for gas cylinder legalization,
- risk of limiting the trunk volume of the car – often the gas cylinder must be installed in the trunk,
- restrictions on parking in underground car parks,
- more expensive registration reviews.
At first glance, there appear to be more disadvantages than advantages. However, after a deeper analysis, it can be concluded that the pros and cons outweigh the cons.