This article is slightly of the topic of computers, but it illustrates the prevalent incompetence of Taiwan workers with an advanced technology like diesel engines. If this older technology is too complex, how in the world can the high tech weapons be operated by the ROC personnel?
The article doesn’t really mention the purpose of the red light is for the starter bulb of diesel engines. Turn on the ignition and wait until the light fades out, then finish the turning the ignition key to start. There is a heater coil for these traditional diesel engines. Idling is another issue of diesel engines driver practices as the fuel flows do not take well to frequent “stop and start” of city driving practices. This is driving short distances, turn off, turn on, do it again, but this is commonplace to gasoline engines.
The upside of the diesel engine is rugged longevity per mile, torque power for heavy loads, and one common fuel for the entire military fleet. Such factors makes the use of diesel engines appealing for the taxpayers bottomline. The gas engines are worn out much quicker than diesel engines which means replacing these vehicles every few years rather than decades. Diesel works for the longhaul.
The Humvee is relatively advanced piece of equipment in comparisons with older jeeps in Taiwan. Full-time four-wheel drive and independent suspension makes the Humvee a pleasure on the highway and so on goes these unique improvements.
Of course, the US Army’s military variants of Chevy Blazers and Pickups were diesel engines just like the cited drawbacks of Humvees for ROC conscripts. These civilian vehicles performed very well in the heat and terrain of Desert Storm, and some glowing opinions exceeded those of Humvee supporters. Diesel engines were not the issue. The human factor of Taiwan makes using diesel engines like introducing high technology and thus a drawback for their military use.
So give 'em PLA Liberation Trucks! Gas powered, rugged, and incompetently made for the Chinese longhaul.