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Old 12-07-2007, 06:44 PM   #15
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this what we use at the power company.

Power Service Products, diesel fuel additives, prevent gelling, clean injectors, disperse water, boost cetane, reduce emissions, improve fuel economy

keep your tanks full and change your filters.

btw, we chop wood and shoot deer too! except i plug my diesel in at 0 degrees F.

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Old 12-07-2007, 07:06 PM   #16
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Lots of good comments here. In my previous life I repaired many a diesel with algae in the fuel. The water suspends in the diesel, and believe it or not algae will grow in the fuel, plugging your filters.
We were having a problem for a while with a fuel vendor getting water in their tanks and pumping it into our fire engines - not good. They promised to change their filters on a regular schedule. I used to scratch the date on the outside of the filter just to keep them honest. They weren't, or mabe just forgetful.
If you use the same fuel source on a regular basis, date the external filter at the pump. It may be enlightening.
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Old 12-10-2007, 04:53 PM   #17
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I have stored a diesel van in Christchurch, New Zealand for 7 years visiting just 2 months a year (feb/Mar). All i ever do,when i leave, is fill up the tank totally full, then condensation cannot develop, never had a problem yet.The farmers there taught me this. If you keep your tank full algae cannot develop. I also thought that algae cannot form without light (sun). You really don't need aditives.
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Wonder what in the heck the algae uses for photosynthesis.

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Old 12-10-2007, 05:38 PM   #19
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Wonder what in the heck the algae uses for photosynthesis.

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Maybe I should have used the term "organisms". I would think the point was made just the same...
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Old 12-10-2007, 06:17 PM   #20
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Pardon me for saying so, but this has the, um, characteristics of urban legend.

But then, I heard from my brother-in-law's ex-barber that his brother's mechanic actually worked on a rig that had this problem. In a temperate climate, no less.

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No urban legend at all. As a matter of fact, the earlier Lear jets had to have an additive ("Prist") added to the Jet fuel to prevent the growth of algae in the fuel tanks.....it clogged the nozzles. Something you do not want at FL 390!
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