Truck drivers face many obstacles and challenges when it comes to driving in extreme cold weather. Beside the ice, snow, batteries, and other drivers on the road…truck drivers also have to worry about their fuel system and treating diesel engine fuel.
Nowadays, modern diesel engines do not return as much fuel to the tank as they used to, so the fuel doesn’t stay warm when the engine is running. The fuel tanks can actually gel while driving. Diesel fuel gelling happens when the paraffin usually present in diesel starts to solidify when the temperature drops. To help prevent this from happening, it is important to always treat your fuel system with a reputable anti-gel additive. It is especially important to treat your fuel BEFORE your tanks gel. Once the fuel gels it is much more costly, certainly more expensive than a $20 bottle of treatment. Another reason why treating diesel engine fuel in the cold winter weather is important.
It is recommended to add the treatment to your fuel each time you fill up. This is especially true if you are purchasing fuel in a warmer climate and driving into the cold weather states. It is always a good idea to carry a couple of extra filters with you. Many trucks that get towed to repair shops in the winter with severe derates are simply because the fuel gelled and plugged the fuel filters.
Stay ahead of this common expensive winter problem. Call/visit your local JX to purchase the necessary anti-gel fuel additives or schedule your next winterization service appointment. Our parts and service professionals are ready to prepare you for the winter season ahead.
Author: Keith Shadof, Corporate Service Manager