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This is not true. Diesel is much harder to ignite than petrol and relies on very high compression (5-10 times greater than a petrol engine) to superheat air in the cylinders and thus trigger ignition. Consequently the fuel is injected just prior to TDC (top dead centre). Petrol is injected on the downstroke, compressed on the upstroke and burns when ignited by the spark plug.Diesel contains much longer chain hydrocarbons and is much "heavier" and less volatile. It doesn't burn completely in the petrol engine resulting in smoking (when part of a fuel mixture) to complete non-running as the mixture is enriched.