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Old February 28th, 2008, 09:36 PM   #1
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a friend of mine told me i could run a tank of kerosene through my 7.3 diesel occasionally to keep her clean and running better. anybody done this? could you?

cc: maybe start a diesel tech forum?
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Old February 28th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #2
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We do this as part of our semi-annual maintenance on our diesel generator engines.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 09:41 PM   #3
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diesel tech forum would be a good idea
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i would be worried about the lack of lubricity eating the pump and injectors, plus any seals...
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maybe kerosene with an additive?
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use bio instead, great lubricity and it's a solvent too
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bio is more expensive than diesel, kerosene is cheaper right now, and bio will seperate in the cold if you let it sit i think

im just curious if it is a good idea to do once a month, quarter, or semi anually...
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You can do this. But as an additive to the diesel. I would not go over 1 gallon of kerosene for one full tank of fuel. So if your tank holds 30 gallons, you put in 29 gallons of diesel and 1 gallon of kerosene. I would not do this more then every 6 months.

But your best thing to do is to get a good fuel additive from companies like AMS, Lucas, or power service.

Another thing to do is to alternate one tank of regular ULSD and then one tank of Bio.
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I didn't think that bio separated in the cold, I thought that it turned into a sludge of sorts as it got colder.
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i have heard if bio sits for an extended time it will seperate.
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The stories you are hearing about bio seperating are from backyard bio makers. Commercially made bio will not seperate.

The sludge you are talking about happens to untreated diesel as well. It is called gelling. diesel will freeze but it takes extremely cold weather. How ever in the cold weather we have it thickens up and turns into a jello like substance.

Commercially made diesel that you buy at the pump is treated with winterizers from October-April. Usually during this time people that buy diesel complain about a loss in fuel mileage. The loss in fuel mileage is usually from the additives from the production of winter blend diesel.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 08:19 AM   #12
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Run a tank of B20 through, but wait until Spring. Crystal Flash doesn't even sell B20 in the winter due to potential gelling issues. However, it should things out well (you'll just need to change filters after running it through).

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Dont get caught with a full tank of kerosene, no rd tax, big fine
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I run b20 in my diesel and it's never been an issue. Even on cold days. Infact I ran Bio on my last trip to Escanaba (during the last major storm we had, it was an emergency trip). The bigger problem with Bio is finding it. As far as I am aware it's only in Wixom and Centerline in the metro Detroit area. Sure it's a little more, like a nickel. Big deal. Between that and the synthetic oil I've had 127,000 trouble free miles.
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I use the place in Wixom when I'm passing through. They only offer B5. I haven't noticed a price difference between them and other places. It's definitely cheaper than the station near my house at Clyde & US-23; that place is always at least $0.10 more a gallon.

I've only seen B20 once, and that was a truck stop near the Cliffs in Illinois.
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we run jet a (or avaiation kerosene) in out diesel trucks at the airport......it burns better and cleaner and a tank last about a day longer than when we put diesel in em
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Ypsilanti Meijer has biodiesel as well, just not sure about their ratio of it.
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here is a list of bio stations in michigan.

http://www.biodiesel.org/buyingbiodi...tate.asp?st=MI
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that list would be even cooler if I could put in my zip and it would sort in proximity to my house.
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i think there is one, but i dont remember the addy.
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