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Fuel treatment?

PO used Lucas fuel treatment at every fill up. Does fuel treatment need to be used at every fill up and which kind is best and how much if this is true. (2nd dumb newb question of the day).
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PO used Lucas fuel treatment at every fill up. Does fuel treatment need to be used at every fill up and which kind is best and how much if this is true. (2nd dumb newb question of the day).
this gets heated quickly but the facts are MILLIONS OF DIESELS GO MILLIONS OF MILES without any fuel treatment just fine. With that being said I use diesel kleen a few times a year to make me feel good. I will say it helped fuel economy (ever so slightly) with winter blend diesels. Generally speaking the winter blend is designed to be less prone to gelling but sacrifices fuel economy etc. but, other than that my fuel filters looked exactly the same, idle, performance the same etc.

I use it maybe 3-4 times a year and maybe little more if on a road trip with not my usual fill ups.

Find a big brand like diesel kleen, optilube and do the research and try it. For me it wasn't nearly enough to justify adding every single tank but a few times sure.

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I am a bike guy and an oil thread is one of the ways to get some silly going. Sorry but I had to ask because the PO insisted it was life or death to use this stuff every fill up. I did a google search and all the companies that make diesel fuel treatment swear you need to use it constantly. Well, you told me what I suspected.
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I am a bike guy and an oil thread is one of the ways to get some silly going. Sorry but I had to ask because the PO insisted it was life or death to use this stuff every fill up. I did a google search and all the companies that make diesel fuel treatment swear you need to use it constantly. Well, you told me what I suspected.
It's all about the advertisement with the miracle fluids and what you believe. I use a little Diesel Kleen once in a while.

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The biggest advantage to using an additive is to increase lubricity and to pull any water in the fuel out of suspension. The newer ULS diesel has lost lubricity from the old style diesel we used to run. Making sure the water gets trapped by the separator and not getting through with the fuel is a bigger deal, IMO. I ran a ~70/30 mix of TCW3 ashless 2 cycle oil and Diesel Kleen gray bottle at about 8 oz. per tank in the old 6.0. If I missed a few tanks, I didn't worry about it.

I use Optilube Summer Blend in the 6.7 and pretty much have the same level of concern over missing a few tanks.
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Optilube consistantly.....studies were done, this was near the top. I see 1.5 mpg and better running....about 8 oz in 36 gals....my enfine stays clean thru the turbos....i was a skeptic....but i think there is something to it now

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Optilube consistantly.....studies were done, this was near the top. I see 1.5 mpg and better running....about 8 oz in 36 gals....my engine stays clean thru the turbos....i was a skeptic....but i think there is something to it now

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Hey George good to see a familiar name over on this forum. As for additives, I read the same research as Mohead1 did. I also run the Optilube in every tank an 4oz per fill up about 30 gal. I believe the suggested rate is 1oz per 10 gallon. I think that the additive discussion here could be like the weight or tire discussion on the Keystone forum.

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Cool....i swear the opti-lube gave me at least 1.5 mpg on normal daily, and 1 mpg on towing with a 15k lb load...truck runs good...i gotta really watch cuz its rollin on but my temps are headed for 800+ if not careful...i like around 72 mph at 780 deg F

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Only time I will use a fuel additive is if I'm not going to be driving for a long time and I will put Diesel Stabil in it. I have used Diesel Kleen and Lucas Oil, but I never saw any real improvement. Sometimes I think I saw 1 MPG netter, but I think that's because I babied it. I have Rev X for the oil, but haven't been adding that. I added for siction, and in sunny AZ, never gets cold enough for stiction to be a problem.

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