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Episode 030 - Water and Sediment

Jul 19, 2023 6:00:00 AM - Posted by: Erik Bjornstad

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Today we are continuing our exploration of fuel testing, focusing specifically on water and sediment analysis. Annual fuel testing is crucial to ensure your fuel meets the required specifications for safe usage. In this episode, I'll share the implications of failing water and sediment tests and the common causes behind such failures. 

You will learn about the importance of following ASTM testing processes and requirements, and gain insights into preventing water and sediment issues in the future. Listen in as I explain the consequences of using fuel with excessive water and sediment content, highlighting the need for proactive measures to maintain optimal fuel performance.

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What You'll Learn:

  • Why fuel testing is sometimes required.
  • What may happen if you decide to use your out-of-spec fuel.
  • How to fix the fuel problem.
  • How to run a water and sediment test.
  • Why testing is important.
  • What happens if you continue using fuel that has sediment in it.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

  • “If you have diesel fuel with a flash point that is too low, the best option is to replace the diesel fuel.” - Erik Bjornstad
  • “The value in using ASTM tests lies in there being a defined process and defined requirements for testing that everyone is supposed to follow.” - Erik Bjornstad
  • “It is a lot more common to see failing water and sediment tests than it is to see failing flashpoint results. This is because water and sediment are largely a long-term result of the environment acting on the fuel or the fuel changing in response to the environment.” - Erik Bjornstad
  • “If you continue to use fuel that has too much water or too much sediment in it, then it is mainly going to affect your filters and your injectors.”  - Erik Bjornstad
  • “Fixing a water and sediment problem is not solved by simply adding a chemical in the fuel and leaving it.” - Erik Bjornstad


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