Winter and Diesel Fuel

While this may be common knowledge in most areas with cold winter weather, it is important to keep yourself reminded about the importance of preparing your diesel vehicle for the cold and harsh winter months. The fact that diesel can gel up during the winter months may be something of an oddity in and of itself, but it is an interesting scientific factoid that you can use as a conversation starter at some point in your life. It is also important to note what may or may not work best for your vehicle while looking for ways to prevent any possible issues that may arise when leaving your diesel vehicle out in the cold. Whatever you may be looking for, here is a little bit of information regarding diesel fuel injection.

The Reason Diesel Can Gel

Diesel having a gelling effect during the extreme and harsh cold of the winter has actually been known for a long time, but due to the advancement of science, there are ways to prevent your diesel from gelling up. The main reason that your diesel fuel goes through the gelling process is because of a liquid wax-type substance found in diesel fuel, which is known as paraffin. This wax-like substance can solidify as it gets colder outside. Once a specific threshold of cold happens, this wax begins to crystalize and gel up inside of your diesel fuel. It is an awful feeling to wake up on a cold morning and find your vehicle not starting because of this natural effect!

How to Avoid the Gel

Surprisingly enough, there are many ways you can help prevent your diesel fuel to gel up inside of your tank out in the cold. Ultimately, the best choice and method completely depends on your personal preference. The more popular method is by using a diesel fuel injection, which is an injection that you put into the fuel. This injection is essentially an addition of kerosene, which is often practiced in the trucking industry. This kerosene helps lower the freezing point for the diesel before it would begin to solidify. In case you may not be interested in using a diesel fuel injection, you may also consider fuel treatments or additives, such as the B5 or B20 biodiesels.

Yes, there are a few different ways you can go about preventing the diesel in your tank from gelling up during the winter. What is most important is for you to do the necessary investigation on what might be best for your vehicle. Also, when in doubt, be sure to consult a professional to help you decide.

David Curry

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