JPAC Global Energy's Winter Fuel Program: Ensuring Fleet Efficiency in Cold Weather
Keeping your fleet going when it's cold outside can be challenging. Seasonally mixed fuels from us can help.
Diesel usually has paraffin wax mixed in. The wax starts to gel when the fuel hits its cloud point between -10 and 15 degrees F. Fuel filters can get clogged by setting, stopping your trucks from running.
The Winter Additive Program from JPAC Global Energy
From November to March
- Long-range weather predictions (ten days) help our team determine when to add more additives or switch to #1 fuel. We aim to raise the ratio at least 48 hours before the predicted low. We will keep the higher number in place for as long as necessary.
- Your cloud point decreases when you mix #1 diesel with #2 diesel. The cloud point for #1 diesel is between -30 and -40 degrees F.
- During the season, our bulk tanks are examined often.
- Our delivery cars are used for tests once a week from November 1st to March 31st. In places with more than one truck, the truck being inspected changes every time.
- A third-party provider checks our samples.
These are the things we have them test for:
- Cloud Point is the temperature at which wax starts to form.
- CFPP stands for "Cold Filter Plug Point." This is the temperature in the lab where a filter begins to stop.
- The quantity of water (Karl Fischer KF amount of water in parts per million)
- We put together and reviewed the test results, and if necessary, we changed the methods.
How to keep your fleet going in the winter
- Change the fuel filters as often as the maker recommends. The filter's particles help the wax to gel more quickly. Use the largest particle filter that is OEM-approved.
- Make sure your gas tanks are full and dry. When cold air sits on top of warm fuel, it forms condensation. Cutting down on the room in your tanks can help with this.
- Check to see if any large tanks have water in them. The wax in the fuel freezes more slowly than water. A drying agent should be added to your fuel if it has 100 ppm or more of water in it.
- Empty the fuel-water separators and watch them even when they're not due for repair.
- If you leave your car alone for four hours or more, add a fuel heater or find a warm parking spot. It takes longer for moving liquids to freeze than still liquids. Move your fuel around, or keep it warm.
- If you last drove your car long ago, start it and let the engine run for at least 30 minutes. This will let warm fuel return to the fuel tanks and break up wax buildup.
- The Winter Additive Program at JPAC Global Energy is comprehensive. Getting fuel from a different company might offer different safety.
Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and Cold Weather
- DEF need to stay clean in cold weather for it to work right. DEF should never have anything added to it.
- DEF turns into ice at 12 degrees F. DEF has 32.5% urea, meaning both the urea and the water can thaw simultaneously. This keeps the solution solid.
- SCR systems are made to heat the supply tanks and lines when they are working normally. If the DEF freezes while the car is not moving, it will still start and run normally. As the vehicle is driven, the DEF will melt. The product will not get worse when it freezes and thaws.
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