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Old 01-05-2014, 05:01 PM
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gelled fuel question

'97 Stroke....I put Diesel Kleen winter formula with anti gel in every fill up beginning in October. EVERY FILL UP. A couple weeks ago here in Colorado it got real cold. At night 0 to -8 and highs in the low to mid 20's. Never had a problem. Plugged her in at night and even at work. Last night it was around 0. She was plugged in. i went to get an alignment and she just stopped. Got a push to the mechanic. I checked the fuel bowl and everything was liquid. He said the fuel gelled. Now what the hell? If I put anti gel in the fuel every time I get fuel and it still gels, what can I do so this doesn't happen again? Were the stars simply aligned properly? Did my flux capacitor not work? thanks, guys. I appreciate it
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:12 PM
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The stuff is to help with gelling, it's not and end all super thing, a tank heater is honestly the most perfect thing for that situation
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:15 PM
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Plugging in doesn't help the fuel, just the motor.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:19 PM
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that doesnt seem cold enough to gel.
where did you buy the summer fuel from?
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We got 10 inches of snow today and my block heater has created a dry spot by the antennae. From the warm heater box. I would think that between the pump and filter housing being in the valley, power service in the fuel system and the fuel bowl heater it would be hard to gel a 7.3

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Old 01-05-2014, 05:32 PM
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And the turbo in close proximity to the pump.

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You have two big fuel tanks that are NOT by the heater. So it'll crank at first but then not be able to suck anything up and run dry.
An electric pump could circulate that warm fuel but that little warm fuel wouldn't do much for all the gelled fuel, I wouldn't' think.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:55 PM
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No, gelled is gelled. Takes a lot of heat if the tanks are the problem.

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Trouble shoot it as if gelled fuel was not the problem. Replace the CPS? Tach move when you crank the starter? White smoke during cranking? Etc.

The way I read your first post, you are assuming the mechanic was correct that the fuel was gelled...where is it gelled? Because if he could tell you that you would know where to apply the heat. I suspect he can't... You don't have a gelled fuel problem. You just have a problem...and it is very cold outside, two separate issues.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:03 PM
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well said. I tried to type that a few times
if fuel is gel at only -17C you need to buy fuel elsewhere
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