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Diesel Winter Tips

Diesel Winter Tips

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Winter is a blissful time for many people but not everything enjoys the cold. Have you experienced issues with your vehicle not starting? Or stopping after it starts during the cold? Was it specifically on days where the temperature was below 32 degrees?

When you are a diesel lover then you know the frustrations of chilly weather. For others, this comes as a surprise when they experience their first “Diesel vs. the Cold”.  Why does this happen? Unlike gasoline which does not solidify and is more flammable, diesel will solidify during chilly weather. Since diesel contains paraffin, which is a mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum and commonly used in candles or cosmetics, it can solidify into a waxy substance(“Paraffin,”2018).  When diesel solidifies it is commonly called, “gelling”.  Don’t worry about the frustration but focus on a few solutions. Here are three tips for preventing or minimizing diesel gelling:

Fuel Additives – One of the most popular ways to prevent diesel gelling is by fuel additive treatments. There are many additives on the market that can assist with prevention.
Fuel Blends – Commonly known as “Winter Blend”, is a great option for many diesel vehicles but we must be mindful that most “Winter Blends” should only be a temporary option.
Storage: Parking your vehicle in a heated or climate controlled space will eliminate this issue. Unfortunately, most drivers do not have this.
If you want to beat the cold, try these helpful tips out. Also, come to Kacal’s Auto & Truck Service to keep your vehicle on the road.

"paraffin". Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 5 Jan. 2018.


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