Well I ate my words on fuel additives this morning.

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  1. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

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    I've stated in the past I dont use fuel additives in cold weather unless my truck is going to be shut off for a long period and never had an issue (isx Cummins)....until this morning in Minnesota at -17 .
    It thru a check engine lite and i cussed it and kept going .
    Over the course of an hour the power died off to nothing so I parked it and looked at my Davco and it was full of wax .
    Shined a flashlight in the tanks and they were all cloudy .
    Well sob !!
    Idled it up to 1500 and it's coming out of it now .
     
  2. Doealex

    Doealex Light Load Member

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    If it that’s cold I would cover my grill too. Less problems with regens if you are driving newer truck. Better fuel mileage with older truck.
     
  3. Brandonpdx

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    You’re good down to about 0 with winterized #2 but -17 is well below the CFPP (cold filter plug point) and approaching the cold pour point. The best idea is to run #1 fuel when it gets that cold. Will start easier and burn better in cold temps. You’re good down to at least -20 CFPP with that stuff.
     
  4. Doealex

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    #1 is not available everywhere. You just have to put more additives (check the label). I heard some people use kerosene also, but I wouldn’t try it on newer trucks.
     
  5. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

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    I've always run power service but I guess I'll be running more of it .
    I've run in some pretty cold weather and never had a issue till now as long as the engine is running .
    Maybe newer isx engines dont return as much fuel as older ones did .
     
  6. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    I would also take a look at where you got the last fill up on fuel. Maybe it wasn't treated as well as it should have been?
     
  7. Doealex

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    Agreed. I learned that the hard way also. I get my fuel from TA or Petro when it’s that cold.
     
  8. ZVar

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    Heck, it could be as simple as the wind was blowing from the front of the truck. Kept adding cold air faster than warm fuel was helping.
     
  9. Doealex

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    That’s why I
    That’s why I cover my grill at these temperatures. Some people also put a heavy boot to cover their metal fuel filters. But how can you insulate your tanks?
     
  10. Brandonpdx

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    No but it regularly is in places where it typically gets that cold. Any Town Pump Pilot in MT will have it. Most places in the Dakotas and MN will also. I have even seen it in ID along I-90.

    They do not sell it anywhere around me since it doesn't get that cold really ever, but one place does have a kerosene pump would also work with a lubricity additive. That is all #1 fuel basically is anyway.
     
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