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.
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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.