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post #1 of 9 Old 01-21-2008, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Talking frozen fuel

well I have had a time over this weekend. first i dont think i have auto locking hubs next i was so cold in west virgina mtn. and i had the EX plugged in but i was so cold that night it was -something. but when we tryed to stat it it was 6 out. the fuel froze litteraly. we fooled around and there was s fuel icecle out of the tail pipe. IT gets better. we still had the block heater plugged in and brought out the toaster oven and put it under the truck. for 3 hrs we fooled around till the sun shined on it long enuff to thaw the fuel out.


all in all it was a good time i have deffently learned lot about my truck and cold weather.


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wait your diesel fuel actually frozed. I never seen diesel freeze. Even in cold weather training while in the military. I never seen diesel fuel freeze. Not even the -30's we get occassionaly in Michigan have I ever seen Diesel Fuel Freeze. Man you must have been in some extreme cold weather or you have alot of water in your fuel.


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i swear there was a green icecicle hangin out of my tail pipe.


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Wow! Just tonight someone was talking to me about diesel fuel freezing, and I didn't know it could do that under normal conditions. It's been 3-6 degrees here over night, and usually about 6-8 degrees by morning. I've had NO problem starting my EX...weird.

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The icecicle was probably condensation . When hydrocarbons (gas ,kero,jet fuel ,propane etc) burn ,they typically produce one pound of water vapor for every pound of fuel ,plus or minus. When the exhaust pipes are cold,the water vapor condenses on the inside of the pipe. The EX probably needs the water drained from the fuel system.
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i have never heard of diesel freezing either. It can gel if the tank gets cold enough while driving. I would highly recommend using diesel additive in the winter and if your diesel does gel it could cause filter or pump problems. For $6.00 a bottle it is cheap insurance.
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frozen fuel?

We live at 7,000 feet and often get single digit temps in winter. usually we remember to plug in one of the trucks (for early morning use) but even without that they both fire up well. I always have additive (I use Stanadyne but PS is good too) in the fuel to avoid gelling

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