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Old 12-15-2009, 08:12 AM
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Anybody Else Gel up lately?

I started the truck this morning. Beautiful ND weather (-20 w/o wind) Fired right up since it was plugged in. Let it idle for about 15 minutes. Started driving made it almost a mile and it gurgled and killed. Turned over for about 30 seconds and started up. Let it idle and went again. Half a mile this time.
Repeated and ran it to my local shop. Filter was waxed completely the whole way around!

I had added straight #1 about a week ago to a half tak of #2 and added my Diesel Kleen (not the anti-gel stuff) Thought that would be enough to prevent it from gelling. $80 of filters down the tubes. Harsh lesson this early in the cold season.

Purchased the white bottle of Power Service so should be good to go this time

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Old 12-15-2009, 08:40 AM
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-43 C (-45F) the other day w/o wind, -56C with wind (-69F). No gelling, but around here the suppliers add anti-gel stuff to the fuel pretty early.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:29 PM
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-22 for two mornings in a row. Everything around me was gelling up (including other 6.4s, concrete mixers, loaders, etc.), but I kept going...amazing what a little pre-planning and Ford's version of antigel will do for you!
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:49 PM
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check the pic in my avatar. that happened to me last winter
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:54 PM
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funny thats how my looked. Lesson learned that if it doesn't get above 30 degrees #1 and #2 don't mix.
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:26 PM
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glad they add anti-gel to our fuel starting in oct here in AK
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I always add PowerService to my fuel, Diesel Kleen (gray bottle) in the summer, and Diesel Fuel Supplement (white bottle) in the winter. I've never gelled, right next to other trucks that filled at the same station (no supplements though) they gelled at about -20 F, I didn't. My trucks seen temps down to around -50 F, still good to go.

moral of the story............ use an anti-gel supplement
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:58 PM
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It's get down to -50C here. I use Howes Diesel Treat. Haven't had a gel issue in 5 years.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:39 AM
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that pic of my fuel filter was from a treated tank of fuel. diesel kleen white bottle. I think i got a serious bad tank of fuel
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:05 PM
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i used power service the white bottle last year in my trucks and they all gelled up with the temp around zero and then we changed to napa auto parts diesel additive and have been running at -20 this year. I also try and get a tank with additive run though my tank before the temp gets below 32.
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