Fuel fixes for diesel bugs
- 14 April 2017
Even if you use the highest grade of fuel for your vehicle or machinery, this doesn't ensure that your fuel won't become contaminated over time. When air builds up in your fuel tank as a by product of air forming when fuel is used, condensation occurs causing water to build up. Unfortunately, the interface between the fuel and water provides the perfect living conditions for microbes known as diesel bugs.
Where do diesel bugs come from?
Diesel bugs develop from fungal spores which travel by air or water and enter your fuel system through vents and filling ports. In the right conditions, diesel bugs are known to move in and start to multiply rapidly, which is why this microbe causes so many problems. At present, the current number of known species of diesel bugs sits at twenty.
What do diesel bugs do to your fuel system?
Diesel bugs produce waste that builds up in the bottom of your fuel tank and causes blockages in your vehicle or machinery's filters or injectors. Depending on the level of, once the blockages become too severe, it can lead to engine failure.
How to identify diesel bugs in your fuel system
The best way to identify diesel bugs in your fuel system is by taking an oil sample and testing it. To ensure your fuel quality is good, regular testing is important or else you will end up having to replace your engine early.
What product effectively kills diesel bugs in fuel tanks?
We use Sierra's Fuel Fix, as it was specially formulated to not only eliminate but also control fungi and bacteria, as well as water contamination in fuels. This highly concentrated additive contains microbiological controls and the latest surface active agents. That means any biological contamination is broken down and dispersed in the fuel where it's then burnt off. Director of Bulk Fuel Australia, Ashley Mitchell was asked about Fuel Fix and said it was the "Best product to rid your fuel of fuel bugs that we've ever come across."
For assistance with fuel contamination or an individually tailored refuelling and solutions, contact the experts at Bulk Fuel Australia. Renowned for tireless innovation and excellence in service, we have been an industry leader pioneering fuel filtration and refuelling in Australia for many years.