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Old 11-21-2018, 09:41 AM   #15
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Add the stuff already! You're talking about saving pennies on a $100 fillup.
X alot, I use it year around, most of the additives are also a lubricator and ctane booster which helps in the winter and using Diesel #1 which produces less power. I gelled up once when I worked for a major bakery here in the mid west, not only do you have to use a product like power serve 911 you also need to replace your fuel filters. I use Howes most of the time until winter then I switch over to power-serve with Ctane booster.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:46 AM   #16
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Old 11-21-2018, 10:30 AM   #17
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North of down there Iím guessing.
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Up here is Northern Ontario Canada. A long ways north of down there.
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:09 PM   #19
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Had my ISM 500 gel up last winter. When trying to start, it would run for a couple of minutes then stop. Same results after several attempts. Took a trip to the auto parts store got a bottle of Diesel kleen 911. My tank was down to about 50 gallons (1/3 remaining) poured the entire bottle in tank, waited about 30 minutes before trying to start. Cranked the engine and as before ran then started to sputter but then caught and ran as there was never a problem. That's my testimonial and I will always have a bottle on hand during the winter. Jim E. OKC
I always have a bottle in the basement during cold weather, even though it has never been needed. It's better to spend $6 now than $600 later.
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Old 11-21-2018, 01:21 PM   #20
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Kobie,

I don't have a diesel coach, but I have almost always had other diesel vehicles in out personal fleet.

Ask where you fueled (I think I know - I now live in SE MI) if what they pump is a winter fuel. If it is, you are covered already. If not, put in the anti-jell now.

You did not say when you are headed south, If you are waiting until after T-Day, then wait as the weekend will be warm. Then fire up and go like a madman for Tennessee. You should be safe there.

When I did have a vehicle get jelled up, I changed filters and did all that shutff, and still had to be towed to a heated garage for the night. Then the anti-jell could get circulated and do its job.

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Don't know what all the fuss is about just light a bonfire under the fuel tank, it's what the Russians do! ;-)
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We are sitting on a full tank of fuel that we purchased back in September, with plans of heading south in January for about a week. I'm guessing the fill up may not have been a winter blend, so I put a white bottle of the Power Service in just the other day and ran the engine long enough to bring everything up to temp and to mix the additive throughout the system. I also have a spare bottle to put in for the trip home. Cheap insurance.

FYI... I've never actually experienced gelled diesel fuel...


Power Service is also available at Walmart.


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It is Cummins, no "g".
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Don't know what all the fuss is about just light a bonfire under the fuel tank, it's what the Russians do! ;-)
LOL! That's what we did with dozers in AK. Worked landfill. There was always garbage in the belly pan. A little warm diesel and torch did the trick!
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Don't know what all the fuss is about just light a bonfire under the fuel tank, it's what the Russians do! ;-)
I once worked with a man who was in General Patton's tank corp. He said that's how they started the tanks in Europe in winter, if they couldn't leave them running all night. He also said several burned.
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Last year we headed south from NH. It was very cold and snowing. After awhile I saw the light that indicates fuel is gelling flicker. Then it got worse. Called a trucker friend and he said to stop and add the additive. The light gradually went out but it was close. I now keep a spare bottle around for emergencies.
That's odd. You would think the longer you drove, the warmer the remaining fuel would get, due to the warmed fuel in the return line .
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That's odd. You would think the longer you drove, the warmer the remaining fuel would get, due to the warmed fuel in the return line .
It makes sense if you think about it; as you drive convection draws heat from the fuel tank and line to the engine(which is the first to gell). I doubt a 100G fuel tank would warm much in cold weather from the returned fuel.
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That's odd. You would think the longer you drove, the warmer the remaining fuel would get, due to the warmed fuel in the return line .
Well you would think that, but in reality it doesn't work that way. The last time we gelled we had driven over 150 miles from home and started to lose power. I recognized it immediately and turned around and headed home. By the time I got home I was down to 30 mph going up hills on the Interstate and worrying the Highway Patrol would pull me over for obstructing traffic.

I managed to get it home and into a warm shop. We replaced both fuel filters as they were full of wax and still had to let it warm up for a day to run right. Got back on the road two days later.

I had used some conditioner, but evidently it wasn't enough.
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