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Is your fuel ready for the Winter?

Mother nature is wrapping up 2016 with a frigid cold front across the Midwest, signaling a rough winter ahead of us to start the New Year.  Don’t begin 2017 with costly equipment repairs.

Avoid Fuel Gelling

Fuel additives are specifically formulated to keep heavy duty diesel engines performing at their peak.  Once winter approaches, fuel should be treated with an anti-gel additive package, designed to keep your equipment operating in cold temperatures.  If left untreated, fuel has a tendency to gel in winter weather causing unnecessary downtime and possible costly repairs.  Don’t neglect your equipment this winter–make certain your fuel is treated.

Diesel fuel gelling can be costly for both the vehicle and the company.
At 32 degrees, the wax in liquid form will crystallize and leave the fuel tank clouded.  At 10-15 degrees, it will finally start to gel and clog the tank and fuel filters. If you plan now, it will save you later.
Give us a call now.

Solving Pain Points in the Hydraulic Market – Chevron Lube Matters

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Promoting productivity, efficiency and safety are key in any operation, but they take on new challenges when it comes to hydraulic equipment systems. Using the right hydraulic oils is essential to meeting those goals. The right hydraulic lubricant can offset losses that can be caused by less effective products. Let’s look closely at what might add up to a significant additional annual investment, if you’re not using the correct products.

 

Hydraulic System Pain Points

Friction loss is a factor in any hydraulic system, and while it can’t be avoided it can be mitigated. Based on customer feedback, hydraulic systems that are not using premium lubricants can lose as much as 20% of their operating efficiency, putting added stress on components and causing higher levels of wear.

If you’re experiencing bursting hydraulic system hoses far more frequently than you would deem acceptable — which should be not at all — it could be related to the type of lubricant you’re using. Less effective hydraulic oils can oxidize rapidly, cause the oil viscosity to increase, run hotter, develop more pressure, and erode and corrode hoses, leading to breakage.

Bursting hydraulic hoses are a costly maintenance item and a cause of unscheduled equipment downtime. In addition, when a hose breaks, the high pressure and high temperature nature of hydraulic systems also can pose a health and safety risk by causing skin damage and injury to anyone nearby.

Many hydraulic systems also are required to operate in environmentally sensitive areas where leaks or spills of hydraulic fluids may result in contamination of the soil or waterways. Conventional hydraulic oils are formulated with metal-containing performance additives, which can harm the environment in the event of leaks.

While vegetable-based hydraulic oils generally meet environmental protection requirements, they may not address performance needs or provide effective lubrication because they can oxidize faster. There’s also the potential for filter plugging in cold temperatures with these oils (think about what can happen when cooking oil is poured down the drain).

 

Benefits of Premium Synthetic Hydraulic Lubricants

Premium, synthetic hydraulic oils, such as Clarity® Synthetic Hydraulic Oils AW, however, are designed for environmental protection. They are not considered readily biodegradable, but are formulated with synthetic base stocks and ashless additives. Just as importantly, and maybe more so, they also provide excellent oxidation stability and maximum wear protection, and help avoid rust and corrosion that leads to costly maintenance and repairs.

Choosing the best oils for hydraulic systems begins with confirming that the fluid meets original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements. Once those choices are determined, however, keep in mind that all hydraulic lubricants are not equally up to the task of protecting equipment, and operating efficiently and safely.

Only premium hydraulic lubricants can help ensure you realize the benefits of long-term value and lower operating and maintenance costs.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how to make the best choice in premium hydraulic lubricants.

– See more at: http://www.chevronlubematters.com/2016/07/06/solving-pain-points-in-the-hydraulics-market/#sthash.xDpyVFxW.dpuf

 

Is Your Equipment Operating at its Peak Performance – Chevron Lube Matters

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When it comes to protecting the hydraulic systems used in a wide range of operations, from waste hauling to construction to manufacturing plants, all hydraulic fluids are not formulated the same. Only premium hydraulic lubricants are formulated to effectively protect against wear, ensure productive and safe performance and maximize useful equipment life.

 

What are Premium Hydraulic Lubricants?

Premium hydraulic oils have several characteristics that make them well worth the investment. One of those is a high viscosity index that promotes energy efficiency. When hydraulic fluids flow through equipment, as much as 20% in operating efficiency is lost due to friction and internal leakage. Properly formulated premium hydraulic lubricants, with the right base oil, additive system, and high viscosity index, offset those losses with a lower coefficient of friction that helps them perform more effectively in a wider operating range, and maintain viscosity at high temperatures to minimize internal leakage.

– See more at: http://www.chevronlubematters.com/2016/06/02/is-your-equipment-operating-at-its-peak-performance/#sthash.MHPmFUS7.dpuf

The Value of Oil Analysis

OIL ANALYSIS 1

Analyzing the oil in your vehicle is like sending your blood to the lab for tests. An engine oil analysis can provide clues about the health of your engine – without any invasive surgery.

By analyzing a sample of used engine oil, you can determine the amount of contamination, the wear rates and overall condition of your engine. The real benefit of an oil analysis is that it acts as an early warning system, alerting you to potential problems before they become an equipment failure.

And oil analysis isn’t for just one kind of driver or one kind of vehicle. The tests benefit all engines, from passenger cars to fleet vehicles to agricultural, construction, and industrial equipment.

How to Perform an Analysis

First, you’ll need to purchase an oil analysis kit. Jackson Oil & Solvents have kits which contain everything you need for analysis.

You’ll then extract a small sample of used engine oil from your vehicle and mail this to the lab for testing.

OIL ANALYSIS 2

Interpreting Your Results

All Jackson Oil & Solvents kits are sent to Polaris Laboratories in Indianapolis for analysis.

 Technicians will check for elemental metals, including the presence of metals and other elements, such as aluminum, chromium, iron, copper, lead, calcium and more. Knowing the levels of these materials can help you identify wear patterns in a specific part of the engine. High amounts of wear metal usually indicate an abnormal wear or corrosion problem.

 Technicians will also check for insoluble matter like carbon, fuel and dirt. The insoluble test measures how fast the oil is oxidizing and receiving contaminants, and how effectively the system’s oil filtration is functioning.

OIL ANALYSIS 3

Analysis will measure the oil’s viscosity, its alkalinity or acid level and if the proper level of detergents and anti-wear additives are presents. If your oil falls out of the range it’s supposed to be, the oil could have been overheated or contaminated.

The report will detail the results of these tests and provide an overall condition of the sample, ranging from normal to severe. If you’ve used Polaris Laboratories before, the report will include any changes from earlier analysis.

How Analysis Can Save You Money

The benefits of oil analysis go beyond preventative maintenance.

If you’re considering buying a new or used passenger car, commercial vehicle, or construction equipment an oil analysis can help identify any issues lurking under that washed and waxed hood. You might want to reconsider your purchase if a lab report shows high levels of metal in the oil.

For fleet managers, oil analysis can help minimize downtown, as well as safely extend drain intervals, meaning less money spent on oil, filters and labor.

Make the Most of Your Results

Oil analysis shouldn’t be a one-and-done item on your maintenance checklist. Although a single sample is useful in providing a snapshot evaluation, especially where a component problem is suspected, used oil analysis is best used when results can be compared to many samples taken over a period of time. For all your oil analysis needs or questions, contact Larry Davis at larry.davis@jos.us.com or 317-502-5289.

Passenger Car Motor Oils – Past, Present, and Future

Passenger car motor oils have changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Gone are the days of 5W-30 and 5W-20 for most vehicles.  Due to the increase demands on engines, EPA mandated fuel economy increases and other requirements; the need for different viscosity motor oils has been required.

In 2011 General Motors introduced DEXOS motor oils.   DEXOS oils were API approved GF-5 oils that could be used in other makes of vehicles requiring 5W-30 or 5W-20 motor oil.  But GM preferred the DEXOS products for their vehicles.  DEXOS was only available at GM dealers. If DEXOS was not available then GF-5 approved oil could be used for the oil change if the customer did not elect to go to the dealer.  Since this time DEXOS has been licensed to all the major oil companies and blenders of private label brands.  DEXOS is available at most quick oil facilities and repair shops.

Currently we have 6 types of 5W-30 motor oil.   Conventional, Synthetic Blend, Full Synthetic, Dexos and High Mileage all GF-5 approved.  There is a Euro 5W-30 for Mercedes, BMW and VW,

We also have 5W-40 for diesel powered Euro vehicles.

In 2017 we will be changing to a GF-6 which is designed for better fuel economy, improve wear protection for the engine as a few benefits for this new standard. But with this change in specification brings more types of viscosity oils to meet the requirements from the automobile manufactures.  Go to www.oronite.com/products/gf6 for more information on the new specifications.

In closing with all the changes and oils out there, it is even more important to follow the owner’s manual recommendations for the correct oil for your vehicle. For questions or more information, contact John Rang at john.rang@jos.us.com or 317-502-6268.

 

Ice Road Trucker Lisa Kelly Relies on Delo

Up on the ice roads, you and your truck work together like a team. Watch Lisa Kelly from History® Network’s Ice Road Truckers® as she explains the Alaskan way to get the job done.


Delo_LisaKellyPoster-2016-03-09-06-41-395x500Lisa Kelly, star of the Histroy Channel’s Ice Road Truckers series, has joined Chevron’s “Reality of Delo” campaign, a modern take on testimonials intended to influence heavy duty diesel equipment users about the benefits of Delo heavy duty motor oil (HDMO).

Kelly, a career truck driver, says she is a long time Delo user.

“I have relied on Delo since I began my career in trucking,” she says. “I drive some of the deadliest roads in the world. I can’t take chances on oils. I need to know I’ve got the most durable, reliable and toughest lubricants in my truck. An oil that I can count on to protect my truck even in the harshest conditions. Up on the ice roads, Delo is just what we use.”

– See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/ice-road-trucker-lisa-kelly-joins-chevrons-reality-of-delo-campaign/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVdJek1XSXhOMlZrTlRRdyIsInQiOiJmN3RNUWJ1em1HSTIrWUh0QVVrTnhZYktoWWE5bkhwQ0dYTzFlMHA2TGFCYzZmT1lXR0R0aGFkcnJ4bUVmWmcySnJxK2ZFblk0Ymsya0xzUE85K0l4VXdUWituTko1dGRhR1o1bUllczA4QT0ifQ%3D%3D

Spring Clean

While spring is here and summer right around the corner now would be a good time to make sure that your fuel tanks are clean and ready to go for the construction Fuel Bacteria and Water Graphicseason. Water and bacteria can find their way into your tanks during this time and could cause you problems down the road.

Think of a fuel tank like your lawn in the spring or fall.  If you walk out to get the paper in the morning or mail in the evening take a look at your shoes when you get inside.  That same moisture on your bottle condensationshoes could be in your tanks.  Or think of a hot humid day with a cold drink in your hand.  Now pretend that the drink is your tank.  Where did all that moisture/ water go?  Remember this is happening everyday!  With newer equipment and their higher fuel standards, making sure your tanks are clean would help your company reduce downtime and make more money.  For more information on Jackson Oil’s Fuel Polishing services, visit: http://jacksonoilsolvents.com/services/fuel-filtering/

 

Please feel free to call or email JB Ban at 317-691-9534 or jb.ban@jos.us.com for more information.

The right coolant can take the heat out of higher costs and downtime

right coolant less downtimeIf you can’t stand the heat . . . maybe you’re not using the right coolant. A major cause of costly downtime and diesel engine problems are related to cooling system failures.

Compounding the issue – today’s engines run hotter. Redesigned over the years to comply with the latest emission regulations, engines now produce higher amounts of heat and are therefore considerably more susceptible to coolant related issues.

Something as simple as using the right coolant could eliminate those added costs, not to mention the downtime for repairs. In many cases, extended life coolants offer improved protection from heat-related engine issues. These coolants do not deplete as rapidly as conventional products or require expensive Supplemental Coolant Additives (SCAs) or pre-charged coolant filters.

What are my coolant choices?

For on- and off-highway use, there are two main types of extended life coolants that can maximize heat transfer and simultaneously protect metal cooling systems. The right choice depends on the application:

  • Nitrite-Free coolants are increasingly the choice for on-highway vehicles. A trend that started in European operations, the use of these coolants is expanding in North American truck engines, where they are providing protection without affecting metal surfaces. A growing number of on-highway vehicle manufacturers have made nitrite-free coolants their factory standard. For fleets wishing to switch and depending on the extended life coolant currently being used, nitrite-free products may be added to cooling systems without the need to flush and fill.
  • Nitrited coolants are most commonly used in off-highway equipment for their proven engine protection properties. These coolants provide enhanced cylinder liner cavitation protection in engines that are susceptible.

Extended life coolants also are available in formulations using propylene glycol (PG) for freeze protection and are most often used in applications where there are environmental concerns. PG is less toxic than ethylene glycol based coolants, but offers the same engine cooling system protection. Water-based inhibited coolants also are available for applications where enhanced heat transfer is required and freezing temperatures are not a concern, mainly in warmer climates and in marine engines.

What to Look For in Coolants

Extended life coolants are often the answer for heavy-duty on- and off-highway diesel engines because they are designed to deliver enhanced cooling system protection at a lower overall cost. When selecting a coolant, you should look for it to be strong in the following three features:

  • Heat transfer characteristics
  • Antifreeze and boil protection
  • Corrosion and cooling system component protection

The bottom line is that it is getting easier to find coolants that provide optimal engine performance, and longer engine life. Using the correct product, along with recommended coolant maintenance practices, can help avoid cooling system problems and failures, their cost and the added impact of downtime.

– See more at: http://www.chevronlubematters.com/2016/02/10/the-right-coolant-can-take-the-heat-out-of-higher-costs-and-downtime/#sthash.kE5NTJ7t.dpuf

 

2015 Year in Review

2015 goes down in the record books as our best yet in terms of each of our company segments performing at a high level. Crude prices fell to their lowest levels since the financial crisis which produced lower prices for our customers and lowered delivery expenses for our company. A tragic event reminded us that maintaining a safe work environment requires continuous focus and effort. Here are some of the positive changes that occurred throughout the year.

 

  • New transportation professionals were hired to expand our reach and capabilities.
  • Remodeling and repairs were performed on our “flagship” building.
  • Wayne saw the addition of new entrance gates and a card system for after-hour entry and additional repairs were made to the stair well and roof.
  • Jackson grew the DEF business by an additional 25% and maintained the number one slot as Brenntag’s largest DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) distributor in North America for much of 2015.
  • The best single month performance ever.
  • The Joe’s Junction location at Kentucky & Raymond opened and expanded their inside and outside offerings.
  • Jackson Oil & Solvents surpassed its’ largest year of grease sales.
  • Jackson Oil set a new record for equipment & services including our biggest installation ever at Celadon Trucking.
  • Jackson Oil & Solvents was able to reward our employees for jobs well done.

 

Whether you’re looking for increased equipment life through filtered fuel and lubricants, outstanding premium lubrication and antifreeze products (Chevron), the Cummins Endorsed Valvoline Premium Blue for your heavy-duty engine (Valvoline), the Titanium advantage of Kendall & Guardol (ConocoPhillips), or a trusted name in premium additized fuel (Howes), we hope you’ll choose Jackson Oil.

 

From our family to yours, we hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to providing you with great value and service in 2016.

 

Maximize Your Equipment Life

We at Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. realize that other than human resources your equipment is your most valuable asset.  Contaminants in your oil can significantly reduce the life of your equipment.  OEMs have been pushing for years for cleaner lubricants, but there wasn’t an easy alternative to a Do-It-Yourself filtration program…Until Now!

Jackson Oil has the solution to assist you in meeting OEM requirements saving you valuable time spent on warranty hassles as well as helping you maximize the life of your equipment.

The news is spreading that Chevron Lubricants ISOCLEAN program is out! Check out the below articles for more information:

 

Why ISOCLEAN

Extended-Life Coolant (ELC)

Delo ELC AFC 5050 Silver Red Cap What is Extended-Life Coolant (ELC)?

Extended-life coolants are coolants that use advanced organic acid technology (OAT). These additives deplete at a much slower rate than traditional coolant additives. This slow rate of depletion allows the coolant to protect the engine in a much more efficient manner and provide longer protection compared to conventional coolants. This eliminates the need to add Supplemental Coolant Additives (SCAs), extending coolant service intervals and providing superior heat transfer, cavitation protection, and corrosion protection.

Extended-life coolants should only be used on approved engines, as the organic acids can be incompatible with certain metallic and nonmetallic materials. Some brass compounds and some silicone-based seal materials can be adversely affected by prolonged exposure to extended life coolant, particularly in areas where the material is “scrubbed” by the coolant moving at high speeds inside the engine. So, be sure to check the owner’s manual for compatibility.

What are the benefits of Extended-Life Coolants?

Because the organic acid technology in extended life coolant protects the engine system without use of conventional abrasive corrosion inhibitors such as silicate and phosphate, truck and bus owners will benefit by:

– Avoiding silicate dropout (sometimes called “green goo”), which clogs coolant passageways.

– Reducing water pump seal failures.

– Improving hard water compatibility, reducing hard scale that can deposit.

– Improving maintenance costs. Due to the longer service intervals, fewer labor hours are required and fewer materials need to be purchased.

– Reduce engine operating temperature increasing component life.

– Extend the engine oil’s life by reducing the oxidation rate caused by higher temperatures, This will help increase drain intervals also decreasing maintenance and labor costs for oil changes.

What is the expected life of Extended-Life Coolants?Delo ELC AFC Conc Blue Red Cap

Commercial pre-diluted mixes, such as Chevron DELO Extended Life Coolant, will provide engine protection for up to 750,000 miles in on-road applications, and 15,000 hours, or 8 years in off-road and non-highway use depending on the severity of truck, bus, or equipment usage. You can also increase the benefits of the extended-life coolant further by adding a coolant extender to the cooling system. Doing so will provide an additional 250,000 miles in on-road use and 5,000 hours protection in off-road and non-highway applications. After 1,000,000 miles, 20,000 hours, or eight years, the coolant should be drained, flushed, and refilled.

Are Extended-Life Coolants Compatible with Conventional Coolants?

Although extended-life coolant is compatible with conventional coolant, mixing extended-life coolant with conventional coolant to top off leaks will reduce the benefits of the extended-life coolant. If mixture with conventional coolant exceeds 10%, the coolant must be maintained as a conventional system using SCAs, or should be drained and flushed, then refilled with new extended-life coolant.

 

 

– James Blankenbeckler, Commercial Sales & Service Division

 

 

3 Easy Methods to Test DEF

This short film will take you through the proper ways to test the quality of your Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Supply. As a customer, you have 3 easy methods to test your DEF: a visual test, a handheld test, and an in-house lab or certified DEF testing lab.

View the video to learn more:

Diesel Fuel and Cold Weather

Background

What is the lowest temperature at which a vehicle will start and run? This temperature is often referred to as the cold weather operability limit. The cold weather operability limit of a particular vehicle varies and is dependent upon the properties of the fuel and the design of the vehicle fuel system.

 

Fuel Properties

Diesel Fuel is a complex mixture of a wide variety of hydrocarbons. Depending on how the fuel is blended at the refinery, diesel fuel can contain up to 20% paraffin molecules, also known as “wax”. These wax molecules tend to stick together (agglomerate) as the temperature drops. The colder the fuel, the more the agglomerate until they form a crystal. These “crystals” can become so large that they will separate out of the fuel as a solid. At this point they are too large to pass through the fuel filter, so they stick to the surface of the filter. If the fuel temperature continues to fall, eventually enough wax crystals will form to completely block the filter surface, resulting in lack of fuel flow thereby stalling the engine.

 

Fuel Operability Predictors

There are three primary methods, which as currently used to predict the operability temperatures of fuel. Each method has its limitations in predicting cold weather operability, and no test currently can accurately predict operability for all vehicles.

 

The three predictor methods are:

  • Cloud Point
  • Pour Point
  • CFPP (Cold Filter Plug Point)

 

    • CLOUD POINT
      The Cloud Point of a fuel is usually 5 to 15° Fahrenheit above the operability temperature of the fuel, making Cloud Point a conservative measure of vehicle operability. Cloud Point is an important winter fuel property because it is a commonly measured specification. Knowing the fuel’s Cloud Point, combined with previous experience can be a very good place to start. Blending #1 diesel fuel will generally lower the Cloud Point by about 3°F for every 10% of #1 blended. Cloud Point is generally unaffected by common additives.Cloud Point is the temperature at which a wax crystal grows large enough to become visible. Cloud Point is measured using ASTM D-2500 test method. Generally, each diesel fuel supplier sets his or her own cloud point maximums, which may vary seasonally. For No. 1 diesel fuel, the winter Cloud Point will typically be -30°F or lower. For No. 2 diesel fuel, the winter Cloud Point will typically be +15°F or lower.

 

    • POUR POINT
      Pour Point is the temperature at which diesel fuel becomes so thick that it will no longer pour from a container. At this temperature the fuel is essentially unpumpable.Typical winter Pour Points for No. 1 diesel fuel are -30°F or lower. Typical winter Pour Points for No. 2 diesel fuel are 0°F of lower.

      Pour Point is typically well below the temperature at which the fuel will plug a fuel filter. Therefore Pour Point is a useful measure for fuel handling properties but not a good indicator of vehicle operability.

 

    • CFPP
      CFPP (Cold Filter Plug Point) is the temperature at which a fuel will plug a 45-micron screen under prescribed test conditions. CFPP is measured using European Test Method IP 309, and is currently the most commonly used cold weather operability indicator.Although widely used, CFPP has its limitations. While most vehicles will operate at outdoor temperatures down to the CFPP of the fuel, some will not. This is primarily due to verifying designs in the fuel systems.

 

NON-FUEL RELATED FACTORS FOR WINTER OPERABILITY

 

Fuel temperatures are generally higher than air temperature. Thus, the temperature at which a filter plugs generally does not occur until the outdoor air temperature drops below the critical fuel temperature. Fuel temperatures are affected by many factors including fuel storage conditions, engine types, fuel system designs, fuel heaters, and operating conditions.

    • FUEL STORAGE
      During the winter, fuel stored underground will tend to stay warmer than fuel stored above ground. In addition, the temperature of delivered fuel will have an impact on operability. As an example, fuel delivered at 50°F to a 125 gallon truck fuel tank in typical 8-mph wind conditions, at 0°F temperature will take about 12 hours to drop down to 10°F. However, fuel delivered at 30°F in similar conditions will take only 8 hours to get to the same point.

 

    • HARDWARE EFFECTS
      Although virtually all diesel engines recirculate fuel through the fuel injection system back to the fuel tank, the location of the vehicle’s fuel filter can impact cold weather operability. Some fuel systems place the fuel filter closer to the warm engine or shield the filter from the wind, while others are located on frame rails for ease of changing and draining. Locations close to the engine or shielded from the wind will tend to warm the fuel more than filters exposed to the wind and elements.Additionally, the high wind speeds will also increase the heat loss from equipment fuel tanks and lines. Windshields and insulation will help reduce heat loss. Many of the newer trucks have aerodynamic covers over the fuel tanks. These not only lower the power equipment of the vehicle, but also affect the convective heat loss from the tanks.

      Various types of heaters may be used to warm the diesel fuel and engines. Heaters can be places in a fuel tank, along fuel lines, at the fuel filters, and on the engine block to name a few locations. All of these devices tend to create a larger difference between actual fuel temperature and outdoor air temperature.

 

    • OPERATING CONDITIONS
      How a vehicle is operated also contributes to differences in fuel temperature. A vehicle operated 24 hours a day will have warmer fuel than an identical vehicle that s shut down for several hours each day. Additionally, differences in vehicle parking location can influence fuel tank temperatures. As noted earlier, a tank fueled with 50°F fuel and subject to 8-mph winds takes about 12 hours to get its fuel temperature down to 10°F. A truck that is parked in an area that is shielded from the wind will require almost 17 hours for its fuel temperature to reach 10°F

 

    • Near empty fuel tanks will cool off much more quickly than full tanks. Therefore, refueling prior to parking a vehicle will help slow fuel cooling.

 

IMPROVING WINTER FUEL PERFORMACE

There are many methods which help decrease fuel filter plugging. The most common are:

      • Blending #1 diesel fuel with #2 diesel fuel
      • Blending additives into the diesel fuel
      • Keeping the fuel warm
      • Keeping the fuel dry
      • Using a combination of the above methods

 

BLENDING #1 DIESEL FUEL

#1 diesel fuel contains a smaller concentration of paraffin molecules than #2. Reducing the percentage of paraffin molecules available for crystallization will lower the cold weather operability predictors for the fuel. For every 10% of #1 blended into #2 fuelse, the cold weather operability predictors (Cloud Point, Pour Point, and CFPP) will be reduced 3 to 4°F. However, #1 has lower BTU content than #2, thus decreasing energy available.

 

WAX MODIFYING ADDITIVES

Wax modifying additives (also referred to as flow improver additives) were developed to give fuels better low temperature filterability. When fuel cools, paraffin molecules tend to stick together to form wax crystals. Wax modifying additives are very long polymers, which tend to adsorb to the surface of paraffin molecules, hindering the growth of the wax crystals, resulting in smaller, more compact wax crystals. These smaller crystals do not separate out of the fuel and do not block fuel filters as easily.

While each method listed above will contribute to lowering fuel filtering plugging, no method will work in all circumstances.

Cold Weather Operation Tips

It’s that time of year again! The cold weather is here to stay for the next several months.
Is your fleet ready?

The following tips will prepare your vehicles for winter and help prevent cold temperature operability problems.

  • Pump water bottoms from storage tanks.
  • Kill microbial growth with Dual Phase Biocide
  • Keep tanks as dry as possible to reduce condensation. Fill vehicle fuel tanks before shutdown overnight. Keep your storage tanks filled as much as possible to reduce the amount of moisture buildup. Change or drain your fuel pump regularly.
  • Refueling prior to parking a vehicle will help slow fuel cooling. Near empty fuel tanks will cool off much more quickly than full tanks and condensation will form inside the tank.
  • Before winter, replace fuel filters, both primary and secondary, as a part of a good preventive maintenance program. Dirt and sludge build-up reduces the fuel flow to the injectors.
  • Drain the fuel/water separators and fuel filters with drains DAILY. This is an important key as water collected at the bottom will freeze and plug your fuel system. Fuel/water separators that are equipped with electric elements should be cleaned before winter.
  • Larger mesh filters should be considered in very cold climates.
  • It is highly recommended that in severe weather, the fuel/water separators be replaced with spin on fuel filters that will allow the additive to mix with the water and burn with the fuel. Water separators will collect the water at the bottom of the filter, which typically freezes and plugs the fuel system.
  • Drain water separators often.

 

For questions about how to maintain your fleet during the winter for optimal performance, contact us! Our 40+ years of experience is here to help.

Go Green and Save Green

Having trouble managing the growing demand for premium motor oils?  Jackson Oil & Solvents introduces the new E-Pak™ Lubricants Dispensing System from Service Pro®.  This dispensing system is meant to assist you in supplementing your bulk products (e.g. 5W-30, 15W-40, etc.).  The 6-gallon packages and rack help you overcome the challenge of carrying all the products demanded by your customers while helping you conserve valuable space.  Using the Service Pro® dispensing system 6-gallon package, you can now inventory six different products in the same floor space as required for a single 55-gallon drum.

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Call your Jackson Oil & Solvents’ sales consultant for more details and pricing or Donneta Thompson at (800) 221-4603 x731 or donneta.thompson@jos.us.com.

 

 Go Green…Save Green Each Service Pro® 6-gallon box uses 89% less plastic than the 24 1-quart bottle equivalency.  In addition, the pricing of these 6-gallon boxes is between that of case goods and a 55-gallon drum reducing your costs.  This environmentally responsible packaging and delivery system will save you space, time, money, and significantly reduce waste.