Everybody loves a good Vegas story. Well if you are expecting one I am sorry to disappoint. This post is dedicated to the diesel driver that lost 10 grand in one weekend. How did he do it? Read on because this story is a must read for every diesel owner.
Our unnamed friend, a twenty something guy, worked overtime to save up for a down payment on his first diesel pick-up truck. With some hard work, sweat, and a little blood the dealership handed over the keys to a metallic finished 2008, 6.7 diesel with a Cummins engine. Finally, the 350 Horse powered engine was all his.
Next on the do list—upgrades! Five years of passion and diesel stained jeans followed while installing performance mods. Our friend, the now thirty-something, has built a beast out of a stock Dodge diesel. The 6.7 diesel now comprised of with a laundry list of aftermarket performance upgrades is deemed road worthy.
All good stories should end here, but sadly this one doesn’t.
After filling up at a rural gas station while on a cross country road trip, the diesel pick-up truck ceased to function properly. Slow to accelerate, followed by white smoke—it was pretty clear something major had just happened.
It’s a fairly standard thing fueling up, but who would have guessed the havoc and emotional strain this one action would cause. What is the cause of all this frustration? Bad fuel.
So, the question remains. How do you lose 10 grand on bad fuel?
The Effects of Bad Diesel Fuel
Bad fuel effects more than just the fuel tank. This fuel contaminated with bacteria, fungus, and particulates form a diesel sludge that travels through fuel lines and filters to plug up fuel pumps, clog injectors and ruin other truck components. But, wait there’s more! Not only does this diesel sludge ruin truck components that now have to be removed and replaced you will also need to pay the service charge for the tow truck and mechanic. The cost of parts and service charges can add up pretty fast. But, what can be said of the cost of the emotion strain associated with being without your daily driver or stuck miles from home.
Tips for Avoiding Bad Fuel
Avoiding bad fuel may seem like an overwhelming task. It is nearly impossible to check the fuel before it goes in the tank. Once it is there it is open game to be dispersed through the entire truck.
TIP 1: Use an aftermarket fuel system.
An aftermarket fuel system is going to provide better filtration than an OEM filter. This will remove the diesel sludge and other contaminants out the fuel that will plugs up truck components. If you are hit with a really bad batch of fuel this may mean the difference of replacing a set of filters versus replacing the major parts of your truck.
TIP 2: Be Cautious When Fueling up
When fueling up, especially unknown areas, stick to well-known stations. These commercial fuel stations often do a better job of cleaning and treating the underground storage tanks where diesel is stored. These regulated treatments and cleaning keep the bacteria and fungus in check so that it doesn’t build up.
Bad Fuel Effects These Major Truck Components:
- Fuel Injectors
- Fuel pumps
- Fuel lines
But, Don’t Forget These Additional Costs:
- Tow Truck
- Diesel Garage Service Charge
To Avoid Bad Fuel Follow These Tips:
1: Use an aftermarket fuel system.
2: Be Cautious When Fueling up and use commercial stations
And, remember there is no price that can be placed peace of mind!