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Winter Fuel Problems Can Leave
prevention is generally simple and cost effective.
Some of my favorite
memories from my childhood surround our old Herter's Husky
snowmobile. Dad used to tie a sled to the rear bumper and
drag us all over the yard. Once I was old enough, he let me
take the sled out on my own. It was pretty cold-blooded and
could be tough to start, but once I got it going I never wanted
to climb off. Of course, before I could take the Husky out
on my own I had to prove that I was responsible enough to
handle it, and part of that included some of the basic maintenance
necessary to keep the sled running right. Dad taught me to
put a bottle of "Heet" (isopropyl alcohol) in the
gas tank when it got really cold. Like any good father, he
did not want me to get into trouble out on my own; like any
good son, I did what he said so I could take the sled when
I wanted it. We didn't talk much about why; it was just what
you did. When my interests moved from the old Husky to chemical
engineering, I started asking "why."
What is it about
the cold that causes our toys and vehicles that run fine the
rest of the year to break down? The problem is usually related
to an old battery, a failed starter, bad spark plugs, dirty
injectors or, yes, fuel. So dad was onto something when he
told me to treat the Husky’s fuel. The cold clearly
negatively affects fuel in winter, and gasoline and diesel
have different reactions to the cold.
Diesel fuel is
mostly derived from crude oil which, as all good AMSOIL Dealers
know, contains many different materials, including wax. During
warm periods, diesel fuel remains homogenous and the wax is
relatively evenly dispersed throughout the fuel. When temperatures
drop toward the fuel's cloud point, the wax begins to crystallize,
agglomerate and drop to the bottom of the tank where it collects
in fuel filters and fuel injectors.
This causes significant
and recognizable issues. Blocked fuel filters and injectors
will not deliver fuel at the rate required to either start
or operate the vehicle. Many diesel vehicles coming up from
the South end up stalled on the side of the road if the fuel
is not treated prior to hitting cold temperatures. This is
the most common issue related to diesel fuel.
Gasoline is very
different from diesel fuel; it is much lighter and more volatile.
Most gas in the U.S. is now mixed with up to 10 percent ethyl
alcohol (ethanol). Forecasts predict government legislation/special-interest
groups will continue pushing for increases in ethanol content
in commercially available gasoline over the next decade. Gasoline
with under 10 percent ethanol content does not create major
issues in vehicles as long as they are designed to sense and
adjust for lower-Btu fuel (ethanol); however, ethanol, and
especially water, can pose problems for vehicles in winter.
The problems with
pump gas start when the fuel comes in contact with water.
When temperatures drop, condensate forms from the warm air
in the fuel tank, which holds more moisture. As the air space
in the fuel tank cools, the water vapor condenses on the walls
and ends up in the fuel. This happens continually and is much
more prevalent in winter. The larger the air space in the
tank, the more tendency to build up water quickly.
Ethanol is much
lighter than petroleum gas and will separate readily if its
weak bond to gas is broken. Ethanol also mixes readily with
water, so whenever water enters the system, ethanol molecules
will drop their bonds to gasoline molecules and grab onto
the water molecules. This mixture of ethanol and water is
much heavier than gasoline and falls to the bottom of the
tank. It only takes a small amount of water in your fuel tank
from condensation to cause gasoline and ethanol to separate,
and it will separate immediately when a critical level of
water is reached. The fuel at the bottom of the tank is mostly
ethanol, which is less efficient, and the remaining gasoline
at the top of the tank is very low octane, which hurts engine
This is particularly
troublesome in two-stroke powersports equipment that already
runs hot and is more susceptible to deposit formation. When
the ethanol and water mixture is ingested into the engine,
it creates a lean burn situation that increases combustion
chamber temperatures even more. Old-fashioned remedies to
these issues, like isopropyl alcohol, worked OK, but are not
ideal. Isopropyl alcohol mixes with the water at the bottom
of the tank and keeps things from freezing up, but it doesn't
prevent ethanol and gasoline from separating. AMSOIL
Quickshot Fuel Additive works so well in powersports equipment
because it is not an emulsifier; it keeps ethanol from separating
from gasoline in the first place and helps prevent water from
accumulating in the bottom of the fuel tank. This keeps water
from condensation continually moving out of the fuel tank
as a normal part of operation.
Now I understand
what dad was trying to protect me from back in the 70s, and
now I am a father of two beautiful daughters and one overly
confident son, and I worry about the same things that my dad
worried about when I was a kid. While snowmobile and powersports
technology has evolved dramatically since then, many of the
same fuel issues persist. Thankfully, the tools to treat those
issues have evolved as well, and I can be confident that AMSOIL
Quickshot Fuel Additive will eliminate those mechanical
issues when I send my kids out on the trails. Published, AMSOIL
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More than 20 years
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setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and
is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization
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AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope:
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