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Winter Driving

New Engines, New ULSD & New Super Fine Fuel Filters
Could Mean New Problems For Truckers This Winter 

In cold weather, fuel filter plugging with super fine filters is and will be a major concern for all truck drivers and off-road equipment operators. In addition to the usual icing and fuel gelling that occurs with diesel equipment with older engines and higher micron filters, we now face the numerous tasks of keeping the new trucks rolling. The fine filters, high temperature engines, asphaltenes, biodiesel and ULSD make our job even more difficult.

We recommend the following for Winter Operation:

  1. Use the highest micron filter permitted under your equipment warranty, (25-35 micron would be desirable).
  2. Treat with a water removing fuel additive like our Fuel Power or Lubricity Plus Fuel Power with every fill up for one month prior to the start of the cold weather season.
  3. When cold weather starts, treat as directed with an excellent multifunctional winter additive like our FPPF Polar Power or Total Power. If the temperature drops below 0°F, double the dose.
  4. Please Note: It is important to treat with every fill up since if the fuel in the tank of your vehicle is cold prior to treat the additive is not as effective.

  5. If you continue to find black or brownish gell on your fuel filters, continue treating with FPPF Super Storage Stabilizer along with the antigel chemical. The presence of black particles and brown gel is an indicator that asphaltenes and other contaminants are still present in your fuel. This also necessitates more frequent fuel filter changing.
  6. If you are using a Biodiesel additive in cold weather, we strongly recommend the bio content not to exceed 5%. This is due to the poor cold weather properties of Biodiesel Winter Fuel Treatment. This product contains an added ingredient that helps reduce the CFPP of the bio portion of the fuel. This added ingredient is in addition to a full amount of diesel fuel anti gel and water remover.

In summary, new fuels , new engine technology and new super fine filters mean diesel fuel additives are more important now than ever before. We have provided some guidelines to work from and hopefully this will help you and your customers. For more information, call 1-800-735-3773 or call your regional FPPF Sales Representative.