When the temps drop like they have this week, diesel fuel gelling is a reality. Do you have an emergency bottle of fuel treatment?
AMSOIL Diesel Recovery (DRC) is an emergency diesel fuel treatment that dissolves the wax crystals that form when diesel fuel has surpassed its cloud point. Diesel Recovery liquefies gelled diesel fuel and thaws frozen fuel filters, avoiding costly towing charges and getting diesels back on the road.
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Fast Fuel Recovery
Diesel applications operating in extremely cold environments face some unique challenges. As the temperature drops, wax naturally found in diesel fuel begins to form crystals. The point at which wax crystals form is known as the cloud point. These wax crystals can eventually clog the fuel filter and starve the engine of fuel, preventing it from starting or even stalling out a running engine.
AMSOIL Diesel Recovery quickly dissolves gelled fuel to allow the operator to continue driving with minimal downtime. Diesel Recovery separates the molecular bonds of wax crystals that have agglomerated in diesel fuel. It thaws frozen fuel filters and reduces the need for a new filter, saving money and preventing an inconvenient trip to an auto parts store.
The marketplace offers many different diesel fuels, all with varying quality. AMSOIL Diesel Recovery performs well in most diesel fuels, including ULSD, off-road and biodiesel.
Non-Corrosive, Alcohol-Free Formulation
Over extended use, alcohol has a tendency to degrade components of some fuel delivery systems. AMSOIL Diesel Recovery contains no alcohol, making it safe for repeated treatments. In addition, Diesel Recovery is non-corrosive and contains no chemicals that interact with fuel system components. Corrosion can damage fuel system components and lead to prematurely-clogged fuel filters.
Safety in a Bottle
Diesel fuel quality varies from one filling station to the next, and low-quality fuel can have a cloud point as high as 40°F. A bottle of Diesel Recovery in the glove box is cheap insurance against being towed to a service station or getting stranded somewhere in subzero temperatures.
One 30oz. bottle of Diesel Recovery treats 30 gallons of fuel. When encountering a gelled fuel system, AMSOIL recommends taking the following steps for maximum effectiveness:
To prevent issues from starting, we recommend using Amsoil All-In-One Diesel Fuel Treatment.
Diesel All-In-One is specially engineered to provide exceptional all-season protection for a serious performance boost. One dose delivers outstanding detergency, improved lubricity, better cold flow and higher cetane.
Restores Horsepower & Improves Fuel Economy
Fuel injector deposits interrupt spray patterns, causing poor fuel atomization, incomplete combustion, excessive emissions and smoke. High-pressure common-rail fuel systems are becoming commonplace as vehicle manufacturers attempt to produce more power while still meeting tightening emissions standards. In high-pressure common-rail systems, injection pressures can be 30,000 psi and higher to atomize the fuel into a fine mist for more efficient combustion, yielding increased power and fuel economy while reducing emissions. To maintain these high pressures, injector assemblies are highly engineered, with clearances as tight as 1-3 microns (a human hair is typically 70-100 microns thick). Even minimal internal diesel injector deposits on the injector pintal or other components can lead to sticking and even seizure, reducing power, fuel economy and operability. Traditional additive chemistry is not designed to address these tough-to-remove deposits.
Diesel All-In-One features advanced chemistry that delivers concentrated strength to target internal diesel injector deposits and traditional carbonaceous deposits, helping to restore horsepower and operability to like-new condition. Acceleration is improved and, with regular use, Diesel All-In-One continues to enhance performance by keeping injectors clean. The net savings on fuel can result in no additional cost of ownership.
Lubricates Fuel Pump & Injectors to Reduce Wear
Ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD) provides significantly reduced lubricity – a critical property in controlling wear in fuel pumps and injectors. Diesel All-In-One adds back the lubricity the fuel pump and injectors need, reducing wear, improving service life and saving time and money on maintenance costs.
Improves Fuel Quality for Peak Performance
Fuel with a higher cetane number provides for a more complete burn, resulting in improved performance. By increasing cetane, Diesel All-In-One improves the ignition quality of diesel fuel, maximizing available power and improving starting. It also smooths idle and reduces smoke and emissions.
Helps Prevent Gelling
As the temperature drops, the wax naturally found in diesel fuel begins to crystallize. The point at which wax crystals form is known as the cloud point. These wax crystals eventually clog the fuel filter and starve the engine of fuel, preventing it from starting. While low-quality fuels may form wax crystals in temperatures as warm as 40ºF (4ºC), most fuels have a cloud point near 32ºF (0ºC). The point at which the crystals clog the fuel filter is known as the cold filter-plugging point (CFPP). Diesel All-In-One lowers the CFPP by up to 40ºF (22ºC) in ULSD.
Modern diesel engines run hot, raising the temperature of the fuel returned to the tank and causing carbonaceous deposits that collect in the fuel filter (see picture), plugging it and causing premature failure issues. AMSOIL Diesel All-In-One effectively protects against deposits, extending fuel filter life.
Diesel All-In-One is recommended for use with all types of heavy- and light-duty, on- or off-road and marine diesel engines. Use maintenance dose for regular treatment. Add before filling tank. Diesel All-In-One must be added at temperatures above the diesel fuel cloud point (the temperature at which wax begins to cystallize). It will not reverse gel or wax crystals once formed.
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