Pre- Winter Tips
It will not be long and the leaves will begin to fall in Michigan. That will mean it’s time to think of preparing diesel systems for the icy blasts of winter. Several things should be done if drivers are to experience trouble-free operation on the cold and icy days.
- Prior to winter, check and drain all water from fuel tanks, filters, water separators, etc. Repeat this process often during the cold months.
- Keep your vehicle fuel tanks as full as possible, especially while shut down overnight. A full tank of fuel cuts down on the amount of condensation that forms when the fuel cools.
- Be certain that injectors are clean and operating properly.
- Keep the fuel flowing. You can do this in one of two ways:
- Use a good quality #2 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel blended with a #1 diesel to reduce the wax content. However, this will sacrifice power, performance, and mileage.
- Use a good high-quality #2 ultra low sulfur Premium or regular fuel treated with a dependable cloud/pour point depressant (anti-gel). This is the choice of fuel experts. Note: Premium diesel fuels are not #1 diesel. They are #2 grades refined to premium specifications and not merely treated with additives. Most premium grades still require anti-gel during winter months.
- It is much harder for cold fuel to flow through a winter separator than a standard spin-on fuel filter. For this reason, we here at Van Manen Petroleum Group along with our Fuel Management Systems team recommend you use only conventional fuel filtration when operating in severe cold.
Winterization treatment calendar runs from the middle of November through the end of March. These dates can vary based on the winter we have here in Michigan and the temperatures that it brings.