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Winter is coming: Be prepared for winter 2020

25 November, 2020
During the cold, British winter, there are things you won’t hesitate to do: wear layers, pack the de-icer, and plan journeys ahead.
So why wouldn’t you check your diesel engine?

In cold periods, it’s possible that you may have starting problems with diesel engines. You may also find that a running engine will fail. These problems are mostly due to the formation of wax crystals and condensation in the diesel fuel, causing filters and pipes to be blocked.

Gas oils have summer and winter seasonality with appropriate specifications. The summer quality has a limited resistance to cold, and is not appropriate for winter use. Winter quality is more resistant to cold.
The best time to use these gas oils are:

  • Summer grade: 16 March to 15 November inclusive, -4°C
  • Winter grade: 16 November to 15 March inclusive, -12°C
  • If you have a stock of summer oil, you can continue to use it in winter, providing you use additives. Additives can cost as little as 1ppl on the cost of fuel. This saves the cost of having to spend out on a different specification of fuel entirely.
    Additives improve the cold resistance of fuel, meaning members can continue working without fear of being left stranded with a blocked engine. However, additives work to prevent breakdowns before they occur, but can’t rectify the problem once crystallisation has already begun.
    So, don’t leave it too late, speak to the Fuel team today about the range of additives and winter fuel we can source and ensure your engines are equipped for winter use.
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