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Old 12-01-2013, 08:26 AM   #15
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Folks,

I ran into this a while back about the history of the Diesel engine. Its about 18 minutes presented by Shell.

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Old 12-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #16
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We spent a summer in Canada. Mostly Newfoundland. $5.50 or so for diesel. I got lousy milage the whole trip both while towing and running without the trailer. Determined by the onboard meter. Confirmed by 1 or 2 spot checks after I took the trouble to convert liters to gallons. Confirmed by how often I had to buy fuel. Got back into the states into Maine and the fuel milage went back up to what I consider normal on the onboard meter. I attributed it to the fuel. Not sure what the difference could be.
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Very interesting video!

Thanks for sharing.
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Fred,

I know its a bit off topic regarding fuel quality but diesel history sorta crept in.

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I've never noticed a difference between small nozzle and large nozzle diesel, which seems to be what you're noticing.

I have noticed a difference between seedy diesel stations and good diesel stations... a few miles after filling I get the dreaded "Water in Fuel" warning. Fortunately I haven't had that happen in over 2 years, since just after I bought the truck.
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I've never noticed a difference between small nozzle and large nozzle diesel, which seems to be what you're noticing.
I've not noticed a difference either. Any time I have noticed a difference in fuel mileage while towing , it was always a result of wind.

My truck makes the best mileage in sixth gear, turning 1700 RPM with a 35 MPH tail wind. Yes, it has happened, once.
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I think fuel quality is way beyond anything that I can comment about, chamical reports etc. but I do own and maintain 3 diesels, 2 Dodge Cummins and a 2000 VW TDI. Almost all of my fueling has been at a local truck and car fueling station with truck islands, does pretty good volume for our area. And I have used the auto island and truck island didn't notice any difference.

When I change the fuel filter element on my '05 Cummins I always catch the drained out fuel and take a look at it for debris and water, never seen any major debris or water. Also check the bottom of the filter housing too. I bought the VW this summer and when I removed the filter and drained it, whoa whole different story, debris and a spoon full or so of water. The PO for the VW bought fuel somewhere that maybe didn't do as good of a job on pump filter changes and got a little bit of nasties in the filter.

Moral of story, check the drained fuel at filter changes if you do your own changes and you can see the obvious crud and water, learn a little bit.

Also, I carry a complete fuel filter, gloves and towels in a old Folgers plastic coffee container in case I get unlucky on the road. Clogged filter symptoms loss of power on hard pull or at higher RPM.
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