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Frequently Asked Questions

BENEFITS

How much more power can I expect?
How much more torque will I get?
Will it improve my diesel mpg?
Are there any other benefits?
Does Powershot ® have any negative effects?

APPLICATION

Will Powershot ® work on my diesel engine?
Does Powershot ® convert my diesel to run on LPG?

SAFETY

Is Powershot ® safe?
Can I install Powershot ® myself from a kit?

GETTING LPG

Where can I get propane?
How big does the LPG tank need to be?
If I run out of LPG will my engine still work?


INSTALLATION DETAILS

What exactly is involved in the installation?
Where do you put the tank?
What if I want to sell my vehicle?
How do I get a Powershot ® and what will it cost?
Where is P. I. Fuel Systems Ltd?


BENEFITS

How much more power can I expect?

Most engines will see a 20-30% increase in horsepower. Some develop more, depending on the engine size and and condition. Some large engines have seen increases of around 60%. See Graphs.

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How much more torque will I get?

The torque increase is normally 15-20%, sometimes more - again, there are differences between engines. Remember that torque equals acceleration, this is what you will really feel when you have Powershot ® fitted.

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Will it improve my diesel mpg?

Yes. You will get more miles to each gallon of diesel fuel used. How many more depends on the Powershot ® setting.

Under normal driving conditions, with Powershot ® on a mild setting, improvements of 6-8 mpg on average have been observed. This saving on diesel more than covers the cost of the propane.

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Are there any other benefits?

Yes. Propane tends to have a cleansing effect, removing carbon and oil deposits from the inlet tract and combustion chamber. Try running with Powershot® active for a few days and then switch it off. Most people find their engine runs smoother and quieter than it did before. Although why you would want to switch it off, we don’t know!

Also your engine oil stays a little cleaner, and therefore more effective. No, this doesn’t mean you can skimp on servicing, just that your oil does its job better for longer.

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Does Powershot ® have any negative effects?

Losing your license in a diesel-powered vehicle is now easier than ever before!

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APPLICATION

Will Powershot ® work on my diesel engine?

The beauty of the system is that it works on almost any engine and any mileage, provided the engine and fuelling system are in a healthy condition.

Both naturally aspirated and turbo charged engines have seen good power and torque gains, although the best results are with turbos due to the greater oxygen available.

Simply contact us with full details of your diesel, and we can confirm to you if your vehicle is suitable.

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Does Powershot ® convert my diesel to run on LPG?

No. Powershot® is an additional fuel system, not a replacement fuel system.

To convert a diesel engine to run on LPG is possible, but prohibitively expensive. The combustion process is totally different in diesel than in petrol/LPG engines.

If you want your diesel to run on LPG, the usual answer is to swap in a petrol engine, and then convert from that.

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SAFETY

Is Powershot ® safe?

Yes. The system has a built in safety feature. The system only allows LPG to flow when the engine revs above idle. At idle, or when the engine is switched off or stalls, there is no flow of gas.

LPG equipment and technology is well known and trusted – it has been used in petrol cars for many years.

P. I. Fuel Systems are experienced in working with LPG, and always use quality LPGA approved tanks, safety valves and pipework when fitting Powershot ®.

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Can I install Powershot ® myself from a kit?

This is not recommended and we do not sell kits.
Working with LPG requires understanding of the gas and all relevant safety requirements. DIY kits do not guarantee safe and effective installations.

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GETTING LPG

Where can I get propane?

Any forecourt selling LPG/Autogas is your source for propane. In the UK, propane is the single or main constituent of LPG - depending on supplier and time of year. Find propane near you.

With the LPGA approved tank and filler parts we fit, you can fill up at any Autogas station in the UK. We also supply adaptors for European filling stations on request.

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How big does the LPG tank need to be?

That’s up to you. A bigger tank means more time and more fun between fill ups. The tank has a gauge on it, or we can fit a level indicator inside the vehicle for you.

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If I run out of LPG will my engine still work?

Yes. Powershot® is a user-activated system which can be turned on or off at any time with a simple switch. If you run out of propane, your diesel will simply drive the way it does with Powershot® switched off.

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INSTALLATION DETAILS

What exactly is involved in the installation?

It consists of the LPG tank and mounting brackets, all pipework and valves, and the front end Powershot® system which controls propane flow into the intake air.

Once the tank and pipes have been installed and fully tested, the front end system is installed. Then the Powershot® setting is calibrated according to the power or economy requirements of each customer.

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Where do you put the tank?

Tank options are similar to LPG conversions. See photos. Cylinder (sausage) tanks can go in the boot or rear load area, and depending on the vehicle can also be fitted underneath.

Toroidal (doughnut ) tanks can go flat in the spare wheel well if there is one, or can be vertically or horizontally mounted in the rear according to your space needs.

Tank location is easier for Powershot® as the tanks are usually much smaller, unless you have the space and desire for a larger capacity.

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What if I want to sell my vehicle?

We can usually move the tank and Powershot® system to your next diesel, or you can simply sell your old vehicle with the system on. It can be quite a selling point on a test drive!

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How do I get a Powershot ® and what does it cost?

First step is to contact us with your vehicle and engine details and we will be happy to provide a quote.

Prices range from around £1000 - £1500, depending on the type of tank installed and its location. We would be happy to discuss your individual requirements with you.

Installation ideally takes 2 days.

Where is P.I. Fuel Systems Ltd?

We are based in Petersfield, Hampshire. See map. We are situated very close to a mainline rail station (time to Waterloo about 1 hour) and we are also able to arrange reasonably priced car hire for customers.

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