FAQ, we answer your questions about converting to propane.
Is it true that propane vehicles have difficulty starting in cold weather?
False, the new generation of propane-converted vehicles cold start on gasoline and automatically switches to propane when the engine reaches 45 degrees Celsius.
Can the price of propane be expected to increase?
There is no indication that the price will increase. Historically, over the past 20 years (1994 to 2014), the price of propane as a transportation fuel has been 40% less expensive than the price of gasoline (see https://www.propanefacts.ca/copy-of-fleet-solution). Furthermore, 70% of Canada’s propane is exported due to a lack of demand.
Is a vehicle converted to propane more dangerous?
No, a converted vehicle is regulated by the Quebec Propane Association and the installer must be certified and must meet the established standards. The ignition temperature of propane is higher than many other fuels, so it’s the opposite; the vehicle is safer.
Will propane damage the engine?
No, a propane-powered vehicle runs on purer gas and the engine is less prone to produce carbon deposits. For maximum performance, we recommend an annual maintenance and changing the spark plugs every 80,000 km to maximize economy.
Does a converted vehicle lose its warranty?
No, in Quebec, manufacturers and dealers cannot prohibit the consumer to choose an alternative fuel and must provide proof of failure due to the conversion in the event of an engine failure. In Europe, the manufacturers accept to honor the warranties and, if desired, the system can be deactivated with a simple push button. Many manufacturers, including Ford, GM and Dodge offer the propane loan option on their websites and dealerships offer to add propane conversion financing to the purchase of a new vehicle.
Can we transfer the conversion system if we change vehicles?
Yes, but it costs about $450 to dismantle the system and $2,500 for relocation. If you sell your vehicle with the conversion, the value added would be about $3,000. It would therefore be advantageous to sell it and have a new system installed to take advantage of the new features and warranties.
Are there any disadvantages to converting to propane?
Despite all these advantages, it is important to consider that the space occupied by the tank will either be taken from the body, the truck, the van or the spare tire.
Some engines are not suitable for a conversion to propane, it is essential to check before converting. When purchasing a new vehicle, it is strongly recommended that you consult Calib-Tech Measurement first to find the best fit for you.