10 Things You Should Never Do in a CNG Car

To be honest, NG car maintenance is not a big deal. CNG cars have gained a lot of traction in India. The CNG car market has grown rapidly and for obvious reasons.

Installing a CNG cylinder in your car trunk seems feasible for many people because of the added benefits. But not everything is perfect. This is true for all things and CNG cylinders as well. Now, CNG cylinders often come with their own problems, but they seem negligible in the face of benefits.

So, what is the cost of CNG cars? Also, how to make sure that your CNG vehicle works well for the rest of its life. Here are some dos and don’ts that you should follow for your CNG vehicle.

1. Do Not Start Your Car On CNG

Starting your car with petrol is always preferred. Starting your car on CNG can cause some wear and tear in the long run. Start your car engine on petrol mode and drive for a kilometer or two. This will help lubricate the engine for a smooth ride ahead.

2. Don’t Ignore the Spark Plug

The spark plugs in a CNG vehicle wear out quickly. Get these spark plugs replaced or checked periodically. Also you can do ‘jugaad’ to save some bucks. Whereas one way is to replace petrol based spark plugs with spark plugs made for CNG vehicles.

Another way is to narrow the gap between the metal end of your plug and the actual point of spark. This will save you some money and is also a sustainable method.

3. Don’t Park in the Sun

Park your CNG car in the shade. This is a two-pronged approach. First, when you come back you get to sit in a relatively cold car. Secondly, it prevents the evaporation of CNG. Yes, CNG due to its gaseous nature evaporates faster than petrol and diesel. Parking under the sun protects against that evaporation.

4. Avoid Unauthorized Kits

Seems like a no brainer. Also, if you get CNG installed in your car then it can be the most heard thing. To save a few bucks, many people use CNG kits fitted to roadside mechanics and workshops.

While this may save you some money in the short term, it is not safe. A faulty CNG kit can cause a fire and can be fatal. Choose wisely between your life and a few bucks.

5. Don’t go lousy

Again, saving a few bucks can be fatal. Serious incidents can happen if aftermarket accessories are not covered by warranty. Hence, it is always preferred to go for accessories that comply with the norms and industry standards. Try to choose accessories that come with a warranty and comply with the safety norms.

6. Don’t Ignore the Leak Test

Don’t overfill your tank first to avoid any leaks. Filling it to the edge may not be a good idea either. Also, pull your car as soon as you smell a gas leak. Roll all the windows down and open the door. Do not start your car until it has been checked by a mechanic or technician.

7. Don’t Avoid CNG Maintenance

Avoiding your CNG maintenance and servicing can hamper your vehicle in the long run. A CNG car can save you money which is for sure, but irregular maintenance can cost you dearly.

Maintaining your car at regular intervals ensures proper performance. Irregular maintenance is the main cause of fire in most CNG cars. To avoid any incidents, you need proper servicing.

8. Do Not Keep the Air Filter Clogged

Air filter is an essential component of any CNG vehicle. Make sure to clean or replace your air filter as soon as your CNG vehicle crosses the 10,000 km mark.

9. Don’t Run Empty

It is a good practice to check your CNG tank at regular intervals. Never try to squeeze a single piece out of a CNG cylinder. Driving a CNG vehicle near an empty cylinder can increase the pressure on the valves. Always ensure good flow of petrol and CNG in your vehicle.

10. Clean the Throttle Body

The throttle body of a car is a connecting valve between the air filter and the intake. Make sure. Once again, the 10,000 mark is the ideal time to check, clean, and replace it. Maintenance of CNG is not that big a task if done properly.

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