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Best Practices For Winterizing Your Fleet
The next freeze is just around the corner, and with that comes many challenges. If you are a homeowner, you may find yourself wrapping pipes to keep them from freezing or adding a winterizing fertilizer to your lawn to protect it from freezing temperatures and to help ensure that your yard comes back lush and green in the Spring.
Likewise, your fleet needs winterization. The harmful effects of freezing temperatures and harsher weather brought on during the winter months on your vehicle and equipment’s fuel systems can stop you dead in your tracks and halt productivity, so it is essential to optimize your fuel management and winterize your fleet with fuel additives.
Two Major Effects Freezing Temps Have On Diesel Fuel
Freezing temperatures can have two major effects on your diesel fuel’s ability to keep your vehicles and equipment running efficiently this winter...gelling and icing.
Paraffin, a wax that is naturally found in diesel fuel, under normal circumstances, aids the fuel system by improving lubrication and viscosity of the fuel. But as lower temperatures set in, the wax begins to cloud up and creates a murky, thicker consistency in the fuel causing the fuel system to run less effectively. As temperatures plunge further below freezing temperatures, the paraffin in the fuel can turn from clouding to gelling of the fuel. This sludge-like consistency causes the fuel to clog the fuel filters which is essentially like choking the fuel system.
It is normal for diesel fuel to contain a certain amount of water due to condensation caused by changes in temperature or humidity and other environmental factors. In the winter months, when temperatures drop below freezing, there is a risk that ice will form in the fuel. Freezing causes the water in the fuel to expand and can put pressure on fuel lines, which could lead to cracking and leaking. Also, icing of the fuel filter can lead to major problems for the fuel system.
Winterize with Diesel Fuel Additives
While winter weather can affect many aspects of a company’s productivity, issues due to freezing temperatures, such as gelling and icing, can be prevented. At Bear Oil Company, we suggest that you winterize your vehicles and equipment with diesel fuel additives to maximize productivity and to keep your fleet operating at optimal capacity. We carry Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement + Cetane Boost, a winterizer and antigel additive that is used in winter to prevent fuel gelling and to protect against fuel filter icing. The innovative science behind Power Source’s Diesel Fuel Supplement prevents fuel-filter gelling by modifying the size and shape of the wax particles to allow them to remain small enough to flow through fuel filters without plugging the filter. It also prevents the settling of wax crystals at the bottom of fuel tanks during storage. In addition, Diesel Fuel Supplement contains a de-icer to help prevent fuel filter and fuel line icing caused by water in the fuel.
Why Winterize with Diesel Fuel Supplement + Cetane Boost?
- Removes water that causes icing and protects against fuel filter icing
- Prevents fuel from gelling and protects against fuel filter clogging
- Helps optimize performance from your fleet, even during freezing temperatures
- Prevents wax from settling at the bottom of fuel tanks during fuel storage
- Boosts cetane for faster cold starts
- Contains Slickdiesel Lubricator to protect fuel pumps and injectors from increased wear caused by poor quality Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel
- Effective in all diesel fuels including ULSD and biodiesel blends
By offering Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement, the highest quality winterizing diesel fuel additive available, Bear Oil Company is here to help your fleet perform at its best this winter. Contact us today!