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What's Clogging Your Fuel Filter?

Posted April 07, 2010 8:45 AM by algaex

Filter plugging can have several causes. For example, low temperatures can cause wax crystallization if summer diesel is used in cold weather. Because wax or paraffin is part of the diesel fuel, a winter fuel catalyst with anti-gel such as ALGAE-X® AFC 805 is the solution to that problem.

Chemical incompatibility may also cause dramatic filter plugging. This may happen when fuels with incompatible additive packages are mixed. There are other possible causes for fuel filter clogging, too.

Bugs and Biocides

Contaminant build-up resulting from excessive microbial growth and bio-degradation of fuel can also cause filter plugging. Micro-organisms, bacteria and enzyme activity, fungus, yeast and mold cause fuel degradation and the formation of waste products. The process is similar to milk turning into cottage cheese, a different form of milk.

Of all the microbial debris and waste products in the tank, however, only about .01% is bugs. Even though microbes may cause and accelerate the process of fuel degradation, it should be clear that the waste products clogging your filter are not the microbes but fuel components which have formed solids.

Frequently, the application of a biocide aggravates the situation and turns bio-film into solids, creating a real fuel filter nightmare. Bio film develops throughout the entire fuel system. It grows in the water-fuel interface and on the walls, baffles, and bottoms of storage tanks. An unlucky end user may be filling up his tank and getting this debris delivered as a part of his fuel – at no extra cost, but with a price just the same.

Heat and Pressure

Poor thermal fuel stability can also plug filters. Fuel will form particulates (solids) when exposed to pumps and the hot surfaces and pressure of the fuel injection system. This will result in an increase in asphaltene agglomerations, polymerization, and a dramatic loss of combustion efficiency.

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Re: What's Clogging Your Fuel Filter?

05/06/2010 12:20 PM

Kudos to Drew for pointing out the pseudo-science scammy nature of these infomercials and for speaking for the contributing community here, who do not want to be associated with, let alone be seen as actively promoting (by offering many pages of blog space) fuel line magnets, perpetual motion machines, HHO devices, etc.

CR4 should shut down all these "blogs" by AlgaeX.

With this post (and by shutting down one of these threads) Moose has taken a good first step. CR4 might try taking the high road, as reflected in some of the the more ethical magazines, where editorial and advertising departments are not one and the same. Yes, GS is all about making money, but throwing ethics out the window, can, in fact, reduce profits. (Read Collins's Good to Great)

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