If you’ve been using diesel fuel for decades, you might be wondering, “What’s the point of a diesel fuel additive?” Compared to regular gasoline, diesel fuel has certain properties that need to be protected by additives. This occurs because gasoline is more highly refined, and diesel is a heavier fuel that is more prone to turning. Using Mobil Diesel Efficient™ Fuel will help to stabilize and preserve fuel quality and performance.
Here are a few essential properties of diesel fuel that need to be stabilized in order to perform properly.
Since a sulfur reduction was mandated for on road vehicles in 2007, this reduction of sulfur in diesel fuel also reduces the fuel’s lubricity. Lubricity means the ability to reduce friction between surfaces in motion under a load. When a fuel’s lubricity is too low, it will cause the fuel injectors and high pressure pumps to grind and wear out. The fuel itself should be able to lubricate the injection pumps enough so that this wear and tear doesn’t happen.
A fuel’s octane number identifies its ability to resist auto-ignition or engine knocking. Engine knocking occurs when fuel burns unevenly in the engine’s cylinders. With the mixture of air and fuel, fuel will burn in pockets, and after each pocket burns it will create a shock that sounds like a firework. This knocking can be obnoxious and cause damage to the engine’s cylinder walls and pistons.
This refers to the potential for a fuel to change conditions during its storage time and its resistance to breaking down. If your company stores large amounts of diesel fuel for weeks or months at a time for later use, there is a greater chance that the quality of your fuel will be compromised. Over time the fuel can suffer from aging and will break down or develop sludge and sediments in its consistency. When this happens, it blocks filters and pipes, resulting in un-pumpable residue.
In order to keep all of these properties in place, a diesel fuel additive is required. While there are many additives out there that require manual maintenance, Moffitt Services provides Mobil Diesel Efficient™ Fuel that is given an additive at the terminal and blended to create high quality fuel. This consistent quality will benefit your business long term and contribute to your bottom line.
Think about the way you make chocolate milk at home. You get a glass of regular milk and pour Hershey’s chocolate into the glass. As you start to stir the chocolate around, you’ll notice that it can clump together or stick to the sides of the glass. Depending on how much chocolate you use each time you make chocolate milk, the consistency will never be the same. Unless you do some vigorous stirring (who has time for that) the chocolate milk will not be the same from the top of the glass to the bottom. There will always be more at the bottom as it sinks due to gravity.
When you buy chocolate milk pre-made from the store, you’re guaranteed to have a consistent chocolate to milk ratio from the top to the bottom of the glass, every time. You can count on this consistency every time you buy chocolate milk from the store.
This same concept applies to purchasing Mobil Diesel Efficient™ Fuel rather than trying to use an additive by yourself. Mobil Diesel Efficient™ high quality fuel will be ready to use and consistent every time!
Mobil Diesel Efficient™ is the first and only fully formulated branded diesel fuel with an independently tested quantitative claim from a major American energy company. It is engineered to clean fuel injectors to deliver the power, reliability and productivity you need from your equipment. Patented detergent additives clean out fuel injectors and keep them clean, preventing unplanned maintenance and extending equipment lifespan.