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Old 09-25-2013, 08:08 AM
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diesel fuel gel up help

I have had several problems in the past with my fuel gelling up on me and even freezing up in the cold parts of winter. I used to keep my fuel in 55 gallon drums till i realized that was just holding water. I have heard of several ways to prevent fuel gel up but what is some expeirnce you guys have and what is best advice on keeping it from gelling up???
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:41 AM
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There are several products out there that have anti-gel properties in it.

Power Service DieselKleen in the white bottle is one of them. You could look on their website, Power Service Products to check out the details of its protection, the sizes of it available, etc.

I used it when I went to Oregon in the winter. I added some before I got into the cold (-10*(night) up to 15*(day)). Added more at the fill up while there. The truck started right up in the AM after sitting all night without being plugged in. I had been there before without the DK and it took quite a bit to get the truck to start and run.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:11 AM
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ok any specific brands?
and any old timer specialties here...I always heard something about trans fluid added to fuel for the injectors??
just wanting to learn some more
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:20 AM
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Im guessing that being from Kentucky that your local fuel station must not treat the fuel. If you go to any name brand truck stop they all winter treat. But when I ran truck out of Michigan we always ran a anti-jel in the fuel. I don't remember any one type. We just ran what ever was on sale and we never had a issue.
Here in Colorado I will treat my next tank (next week) cause winter is comin next month and Id rather be prepared.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:47 AM
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they don't treat it too well and we don't have truck stops where I live but now I'm in Illinois and they are truck stops every where and that is now where I get my fuel but was just preparing for the colder winter up here...my truck has a hard time starting in anything below 40 degrees it has 220k miles and i have not changed the glow plugs and have had it since 170k miles
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:52 AM
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Yup this is a good time to be thinking about it for sure. We would always see the southern trucks having issues on those first cold snaps in Michigan from jellin up.
I wonder if that cetane booster stuff would help you with the start up's.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:55 AM
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Specific brands. In addition to the PS Diesel Kleen (Can get at Walmart) in my previous post, I also found (googled) these.

Stanadyne
Howe's
Opti-lube XPD
Motorcraft PM-23 - Has lubrication additive and anti-gel

Since you using the truck stop's fuel, you could probably check inside to see what anti-gel products they carry.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:28 PM
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ok I always use the additives but also heard about just using alcohol?
and using kerosene??
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