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#2433515 - 01/12/18 02:41 PM Diesel owners
Racer33 Offline

Registered: 10/04/11
Posts: 173
Loc: Norfolk, NE
Current temps are in the low single digits and night temps have been as low as -28F this year. So what are you diesel owners using for fuel additive? I have a 2008 2500 with a 6.7 cummins and I use Howes. This is my 4th diesel pickup and I've never had a fuel gelling issue. Just curious. What do you use?

#2433546 - 01/12/18 03:57 PM Re: Diesel owners [Re: Racer33]
Grizzly Offline

Registered: 08/24/05
Posts: 4900
Loc: at work

That's why they have winter and summer blends for diesel.

#2433714 - 01/12/18 10:41 PM Re: Diesel owners [Re: Racer33]
BlwnCrcab Online   content

Registered: 01/19/03
Posts: 111
Loc: IL
Power Service white jug
they say winter blend
better safe than sorry on side of road

#2433886 - 01/13/18 11:07 AM Re: Diesel owners [Re: Racer33]
DaytonaTurbo Offline

Registered: 02/26/03
Posts: 20910
Loc: Manitoba, Canada
I never used anything in mine. I work for a large transport fleet and the only guys who have problems with fuel gelling are owner operators who buy cheaper #2 fuel when they are down in the US then have trouble starting their trucks on -25f days. Buy #1 fuel and you won't have a problem. Yes it's a little more but there's a reason. On our first really cold day this winter it was funny the line up of owner operator trucks in front of our shop needing help getting their trucks going yet not one company truck with good fuel needed help.

#2433917 - 01/13/18 11:52 AM Re: Diesel owners [Re: DaytonaTurbo]
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 15697
Loc: Chilliwack B.C. Canada
I have driven semis and Cummins pickups to -40 and I've never had a problem. Buy good fuel. I did use Hawes in my Cummins but only to try and avoid pump and injector issues not to prevent fuel gelling.
Having said that though, I always bought fuel from a known source. If you are buying fuel from anywhere or are worried about it, Well an additive could be cheap insurance.

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Edited by RUNCHARGER (01/13/18 11:58 AM)

#2433978 - 01/13/18 02:22 PM Re: Diesel owners [Re: Racer33]
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 7439
Loc: Plymouth, MI
I typically use diesel 911 if the fuel isn't correct for the temperature:

If the fuel is partially gelling and you dump the appropriate amount in before the engine shuts off in my experience it will clear up in maybe 30 seconds of run time. It's impressive how well it works.
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#2434124 - 01/13/18 06:56 PM Re: Diesel owners [Re: BlwnCrcab]
basketcase Offline

Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 6997
Loc: east side of Ohio
Originally Posted By BlwnCrcab
Power Service white jug
they say winter blend
better safe than sorry on side of road

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#2434222 - 01/13/18 10:34 PM Re: Diesel owners [Re: Racer33]
Mr. Smurf Offline
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Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 974
Loc: Mid Michigan
Nothing here either, no problems.

I was recently given 200 gallons of off road diesel fuel from a boat that blew the engine last summer.

Why the fuel wasn't pumped directly into other equipment is beyond me.

I'll burn it in my waste oil furnace.

I recieved it in 55 gallon drums, used for parking lot paint and not cleaned very well.

Brought a drum in 2 weeks ago, had been single digit temps and below zero for at least a week. Drums are stored outside.

Expected to have 55 gallons of jelly....nope, still perfect, if it wasn't for the debris it could've went right in the tractor.

I would really like to know what conditions cause jelling, I've never had a problem with it in 30+ years of owning diesel equipment.


#2434527 - 01/14/18 02:49 PM Re: Diesel owners [Re: Racer33]
Michael Offline

Registered: 01/19/03
Posts: 6059
Loc: Bridgeport, WV
Nothing but diesel fuel.

#2435361 - 01/15/18 10:04 PM Re: Diesel owners [Re: Michael]
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 36824
Loc: Round Lake Beach, Illinoisy
Good luck finding #1 around here, easier finding a Sasquatch... eyes

Edited by Rhinodart (01/17/18 08:21 AM)
The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

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#2435854 - 01/16/18 04:42 PM Re: Diesel owners [Re: Racer33]
Racer33 Offline

Registered: 10/04/11
Posts: 173
Loc: Norfolk, NE
Only 1 or 2 places around here that sell #1 that I am aware of. I have used it a couple times. Blended fuels are probably more common then I am aware. I can think of 1 station that advertises the fuel as blended. Just two weeks or so ago they changed it from 70/30 to 50/50 blend. I suspect asking the stations would reveal most of them actually have blended fuel. I have used the power service additive in the past ( white bottle ) and carry a bottle of 911 ( red bottle ) with me incase of emergency. I started using Howes years ago simply for the lubrication part after having to replace a vp44 injection pump. I've had good luck so far with it so I continue to use it.


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