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Old 09-24-2020, 07:27 PM   #1
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MB Sprinter - Diesel Fuel Additives

I have been driving a diesel for 20+ years, but it is an older model (2001) and long story short with new ultra low sulfur fuel I use an additive for lubricity, and it also raises the cetane rating a tad.


So I know that the MB diesel I have now (2016 chassis) is designed for the newer fuels just wondering if any of you use/suggest an additive to lube the top end or just to get a few more points on the cetane rating?
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I used to buy biodiesel, 100%, at the pump when I was near a distributor that sold it. Would add a couple of gallons when filling with diesel.



Now that a lot of road diesel has a B5 - B15 blend already, I rarely add biodiesel anymore. I can't seem to recall it being sold as B100 in last few years either. Now if needed, I will just add some from my homebrew stuff (biodiesel) that I make specifically for my listeroid-based generator.


I don't think I have used Power Service in 2 decades.
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I have been driving a diesel for 20+ years, but it is an older model (2001) and long story short with new ultra low sulfur fuel I use an additive for lubricity, and it also raises the cetane rating a tad.


So I know that the MB diesel I have now (2016 chassis) is designed for the newer fuels just wondering if any of you use/suggest an additive to lube the top end or just to get a few more points on the cetane rating?
I drive a 2020 Sprinter and believe MB recommends B5 or less when possible. Don't use an additive.
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When I lived in Indiana Biodiesel was plentiful, haven't seen since I am back in west Virginia.


Don't want to add anything I don't need but maybe some synthetic 2-stroke oil now and then?
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2 Stroke Oil? I would definitaley pass.


I use Lucas Upper Cylinder in my F150 with Gen 1 Coyote. Says is good for diesel as well. Cant say I have tried it though.


The other additive that is popular is Power Service. White bottle for every tank use. Red bottle for cold weather uh-oh situations.
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Mercedes says no additives and they built the engine. I would go with Mercedes on this one. The only treatment Mercedes says is OK is an anti-algae treatment if you need to.
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2-stroke is a great additive for lubricity and is widely used in other diesel communities. 2-stroke synthetic is designed specifically to burn in a combustion engine to bring lubricity without leaving any of the byproducts in the engine, but I get that some diesels can be finicky.



I also understand that my M-B 3.0 was built with ultra-low sulfur (the process for removing sulfur also removes the lubricity from the fuel) in mind but all fuel is not created equal. Anyways, I don't think I have seen a product that is strictly an algacide, it usually comes as part of a total package for lubricity, cetane, water-separator, etc. I just thought there would be a preferred product for this particular diesel.


All manufacturers say no additives - Chevy, Ford, Dodge, pick one, but the reality is fuel quality ain't great across the board and some extra help in the "slickery" dept. is something to think about.


I'll do a little more reading on the subject but it seems as though the M-B community shies away from additives - tough to argue with experience. I feel that away about oil additives, I won't use them.
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