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Old 11-21-2018, 04:49 AM   #1
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Cool Diesel Fuel Freezing???

We getting a late start to leave from Toledo to head down south and I was recently in a Love's truck stop and saw a lot of diesel fuel additives for sell to prevent Diesel fuel from freezing and Gelling, which would clogged fuel filter and lines... What are your thoughts??? I have a 360 Cummins on a Freightliner... 2010 Phaeton/Tiffin
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If you are in cold temps long enough, you will need the additive. When you have gelled fuel- you aren't going anywhere till you thaw it out
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:07 AM   #3
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Power Service with winter (anti-gel) additive. Any truck stop or auto parts store carry it.
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:47 AM   #4
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Not sure when you are leaving, but it hasn't gotten cold enough to use anything yet. The coach is winterized so it won't move till spring, but I don't put anything in my diesel truck and use it year round.
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Old 11-21-2018, 06:37 AM   #5
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If your fuel was picked up, up north and recently, it should have the winter additives in it.

If you bought it down south, add some stuff.
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Old 11-21-2018, 06:48 AM   #6
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If your fuel was picked up, up north and recently, it should have the winter additives in it.

If you bought it down south, add some stuff.

Not necessarly true - I filled up here in Minnesota 10/18 and I asked at the truck stop and they said no additive - I failed to add it once and it cost me $500 to fix the problem - one small bottle will treat 300 gallons of fuel
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Add the stuff already! You're talking about saving pennies on a $100 fillup.
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Add the stuff already! You're talking about saving pennies on a $100 fillup.
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If you're headed south , I wouldn't bother adding it. Now if you're going north, that's a different story. Up here , they start blending the fuel mid October and are into the winter fuel by the end of November. Never had to use an anti gelling additive unless the fuel was purchased in the summer and the vehicle/equipment was not used until December. with that said , I'm still running fuel in my truck that was purchased in September with no problems. Temps have dropped to below zero here.
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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.
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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
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I've had to deal with gelling many times. In a younger life I drove diesel semis for my Father and when it got really cold we had a lot of trouble with it. That was prior to additives. Once it gells up tight it will block the filters and the only option is to change them.

The other thing is it needs to get pretty cold for gelling to occur. Probably below 20 degrees F.

If in doubt, the additive won't hurt.
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Power Service with winter (anti-gel) additive. Any truck stop or auto parts store carry it.
Yes, that is what Cumming's is still recommending... Thanks!!!
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Yes, that is what Cumming's is still recommending... Thanks!!!
Agree, Cummings has endorsed two Power Service diesel fuel additives.

https://www.truckinginfo.com/140399/...fuel-additives
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