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Understanding Wax Crystal Formation
October 23, 2020

Every diesel owner understands the hardships that follow the drop in temperatures. With Winter right around the corner, it is time to start preparing for problems that will arise, and try to be a step ahead of them before they become overbearing. Part of that preparation should be to understand how cold weather will affect

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Should I Be Using Additives on my New Vehicle
September 26, 2020

For most of us 2020 hasn’t been a spectacular year. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to be able to buy a new vehicle. Now that you’ve dropped down some major cash on your new ride, you might be thinking to yourself, how do I protect my investment? The first step is basic vehicle maintenance such

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What in diesel fuel?
September 19, 2020

Water is common in diesel fuel systems. How does water get into your fuel? To begin with, diesel fuel is mildly hygroscopic; it attracts and absorbs moisture from out of the air. Also, water often enters the fuel system from poorly maintained storage tanks at diesel fuel retailers. If water is not removed from the

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DPF Filter cut-a-way
September 13, 2020

If you drive a truck made anytime over the last decade (2007 and later) you have a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) system on your truck to meet emissions standards. The system catches the remaining particles after the combustion cycle of your engine, similar to a catalytic converter on gas engines. Most of the time you

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Cetane Importance
August 28, 2020

There is obviously a big difference between gasoline and diesel fuel. From the combustion process and power outputs to the differences in efficiencies, the composition of each fuel type is a true science. Regular unleaded gasoline is considered a flammable liquid, which means it only requires a spark to ignite and power an engine. Diesel

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Internal Diesel Injector Deposits IDIDs
August 14, 2020

Hearing the words Internal Diesel Injector Deposits (IDIDs) can strike fear in any diesel truck owner. They rob your truck of efficiency and power; causing you and your wallet to sweat. While you may think injector deposits have been around for years and can be cleaned up with a little fuel injector cleaner from the

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HFRR Test
July 24, 2020

Lubricity has always been an important factor in the quality of diesel fuels. Although more recent changes to fuel itself and tighter tolerances in modern engines, makes understanding a fuel’s
lubricity more important now, than ever. To fully understand how to interpret a fuel’s lubricity, it is helpful to understand how the lubricity rating is achieved. There are many standard test
methods to determine lubricity, however the most common and perhaps the most effective is the High Frequency Reciprocating Rig (HFRR) test using the ASTM D-6079 test method.

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March 20, 2020

Inside and out, even the toughest vehicles need a little spring cleaning from time to time. That also includes engine oil and fuel systems. As we switch from winter into spring, take the time to care for your engine. To fully clean your engine, both the fuel and oil systems must be considered. Hot Shot’s

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Car with ice
February 13, 2020

Diesel owners know all too well about diesel fuel gelling in cold weather. We know it happens, the question is why? Diesel fuel contains something called paraffin wax, which begins to solidify once the fuel reaches the “freeze” point. The solid form of these hydrocarbons is a thick, waxy substance that is referred to as

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