BUFFALO, NY… Water and diesel fuel are like water and oil, they don’t mix. In fact the water will separate from the fuel, dropping and collecting in the bottom of the tank. This water can also encourage the growth of bacterial algae. These conditions can cause some serious problems if left untreated, especially in the cold winter months in northern climates. That is why it is wise to do some preventative maintenance on your fuel tank.
FPPF Chemical Company has solutions for these and every fuel problem you may encounter. First, begin treating your fuel now before colder weather sets in – begin by adding FPPF’s Killem® Biocide along with a dose of Fuel Power® to kill any algae growth and disperse water that has collected in your fuel tank. Continue to use Fuel Power each fill-up until the weather gets colder, at which point it would be prudent to switch to Polar Power® or Total Power®, both of which contain water dispersants along with anti-gelling agents. All of these products, except Killem®, contain lubricity agents and detergents that will clean the carbon from the injector tips. The Killem® biocide should be used twice a year to keep the fuel tank clean of algae growth. Keeping the water dispersed year round will also be a great help in eliminating algae growth as well.
When putting the fuel additives in the fuel tank it is very important to run the fuel level down, put the additives in and then refill the tank. This allows the fuel treatment to mix thoroughly with the fuel. Simply dumping them into the tank will cause the additives to sit on top of the fuel and not effectively reach the separated water in the bottom of the tank. By using this simple fuel treatment regimen, a lot of the cold weather problems will be eliminated. You will also go through less fuel filters. FPPF recommends following the dosing amount on the bottle and an adequate amount of fuel treatment will be used to thoroughly disperse water, however multiple treatments are recommended.
It is also a good idea to treat your air lines with FPPF’s ABC® Air Brake Conditioner. This product will disperse any water in the lines, while at the same time lubricating the air lines. Keep in mind that if you do a lot of drop and hook, the trailer you hook to may not have the air lines treated.
FPPF recommends that you carry a bottle of ABC® Air Brake Conditioner along with a bottle of Melt Down® fuel degeller for emergencies.
FPPF received the following Customer Testimonial from a very happy and satisfied customer:
“Hi, I’d just like to tell you two excellent experiences about your products.
A few years ago a good friend of mine had a very serious fuel problem in his steel hull sailboat. The two fuel tanks were built into the steel hull and the fuel had been badly contaminated from growth, etc. There was no access to enable easy removal of the fuel and cleaning.
The problem was so severe that the primary fuel filter had to be changed at every boat use. This was a major inconvenience and also a serious safety matter. We were at the Toronto Boat Show and talked to the Racor filter people about this problem. They had no suggestion other than to try your Killem®. To our delight, this product solved his problem of clogged filters and allowed the poor contaminated fuel to be burned - junk and all. The engine ran fine after that and I know he now continues to use Killem®.
I, too, use Killem® in my diesel engine sailboat and have traveled twice to the Bahamas and back from Toronto. I actually stopped changing filters often because after examining the filters while Killem® is use, they are quite clean and seem fine. So my filter change interval is now very extended. I have never had a single issue with fuel problems while using Killem®.
Regarding my 1999 E300 TD Mercedes - I’ve owned the car for about 8 years. After I bought it, I noticed the engine seemed a bit noisy. After having a few mechanics liste,n they all said it was normal. A fuel injector specialist also said it was normal but suggested I use an additive which he sold!- I did - a performance additive. I was told it improves needed lubricity. After several years of using the additive I decided to try your lubricity plus fuel power product after speaking on the phone to your office. The other additive was costing me about $32 per small bottle and was not too readily available. A local supplier, Multi Play, had several of your products including Lubricity Plus Fuel Power.- I bought a 32 o.z container and added as per recommended amount. To my great surprise, my MB diesel engine went quiet like I always thought it should be. It sounds like a diesel, of cours, but it is truly very quiet compared to before putting Lubricity Plus in the tank. I can hardly believe the difference. When pulled up near a cement wall when the engine sound can bounce back - quiet and sweet running. Even my wife notices the difference - consistent excellent for about 4 tanks of fuel now. I haven’t been able to test fuel economy but I’m confident it will be some better as the engine is running very smooth and strong. Last thing -Lubricity Plus is used at half the amount called for compared to my previous additive - so the cost is very, very reasonable compared to the other product, which is of dubious value anyway as far as I’m concerned now.
I can’t wait to put Lubricity Plus Fuel Power in my boat tank too very soon to see if the old boat diesel is happy with it as well.
I’ve recommended your Killem® to several cruising sailors and have given more away than I’ve used myself, as a little goes a long way!
I can now recommend your Lubricity Plus FP as well with confidence.
Next will be your coolant additive.
Thanks for your excellent products that really seem to be doing the job, my personal experience bears this out.
Ron Batt, Toronto, Canada”
FPPF has a complete line of products to treat gas, diesel, and biodiesel. The applications range from agriculture, transportation (trucking), marine and home heating. For more information, visit www.fppf.com or call 800-735-3773.