If you fail to eat a healthy, balanced diet, your body isn't going to receive the nutrients that it needs to thrive - hence the old cliché saying "you are what you eat."
The same can be said for the fuel you put into your vehicle or equipment - they will only go as far as the quality of fuel you put into it.
While you might think that the above analogy is a bit far fetched, putting contaminated fuel into your vehicle can wreak serious havoc on the engine, so much so that it might require extensive repairs or even be rendered useless.
This is especially true in the case of diesel fuel; its tendency to be stored for long periods of time leave it especially vulnerable to the things that destroy fuel quality – oxidation, growth of microbes in the fuel and various other factors that can potentially play a role in the corrosion of your fuel tank, engine or both.
So just how to you go about preventing the negative consequences of diesel fuel contamination?
Here's a look at some simple tips to protect your engines from diesel fuel contamination:
Only Purchase Fuel from Reliable Sources
If you don't have a trustworthy fuel supplier, it’s important to find one.
Trustworthy fuel suppliers will employ control measures to maintain good fuel quality, such as keeping tanks full to prevent water from condensing, storing it in a cool place and keeping tanks in good, leak-free condition.
Utilize Fuel Additives
While fuel additives require a bit more "housekeeping" than other items on this suggestions list, their benefits for fixing the problems from contaminated fuel are well established.
Make sure your vehicle engine is being well maintained per manufacturer recommendations.
Failure to keep close tabs on the diesel fuel you're filling your vehicle with can come back to haunt you in the long run, which is why it's important to make this a priority now.
Regularly filling the vehicle with contaminated diesel fuel can lead to corroded fuel tanks, damage to the engine, blocked filters and more issues, all of which have a detrimental effect on the life of your equipment.
This post was published on January 24, 2014 and was updated on June 22, 2018.