Throughout the cold winter months, diesel trucks carry products from one spot to the next, buses take people where they have to be, and businesses of all kinds count on them for multiple services. Diesel vehicles play a huge part in the American transportation industry, but cold winter weather can be an issue for these trucks. Fleet managers, drivers, and pickup truck drivers who work with diesel vehicles have to understand the possible diesel issues in the winter that these trucks could face. Read on to learn more!
Fuel Gelling: A Common Diesel Problem
During the winter, it is common for diesel trucks to have startup issues. While newer trucks have many features designed to limit this issue, it is still going to be an issue to a certain degree. The nature of diesel fuel and its composition could create this issue. Diesel is made of hydrocarbons that can solidify once the temperature dips below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. When this happens, the fuel can become gelatinous, and the truck won’t start properly. The gel-like fuel can’t flow through filters and adequately start. This issue is common to both biodiesel and petrodiesel. In order to combat this issue, fuel companies can offer winter blends during cold months. Winter diesel fuel has a blend of different hydrocarbons that have a lower freezing point. It can be more costly, but it keeps trucks running in harsh winter weather. However, this doesn’t help if the weather is unbearably cold and fuel suppliers haven’t made the switch to winter diesel. If you are caught in a very bad situation in the cold weather, consider leaving your engine idle if possible. While this may limit your fuel efficiency, since idling does burn fuel, it will keep your engine warm and stop it from gelling.
Dirty Fuel Filters
A common cause of engine stalls for diesel engines during the winter is due to clogged fuel filters. When your fuel is at a big risk of gelling, a dirty fuel filter can be your top enemy. The paraffin crystals that start to form in your fuel can get stuck in a filthy fuel filter and cause the fuel to become cut off and stop the engine from starting. To avoid this, swap out your fuel filter at the start of the winter.
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