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10-10-2006 19:17:15

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What is thing about using deisel in the fall and if u let it sit and use it in the winter it can cause problems?

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10-12-2006 06:21:48

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 Re: Diesel in reply to ken6554, 10-10-2006 19:17:15  
If you are in an area where you have a local bulk fuel dealer, you may want to invest in a clean barrel and hand pump and get 55 gallons from the bulk dealer. He will have the blend that's right for your weather. Unless you are doing a lot of winter work 55 gallons should carry you. If not, take the old barrel back and get it refilled.

Our Co-op dealer never let us down in Northwestern Colorado. Our temps got down to 50 below and colder. The diesels we had, D-2 Cat, Ford 861, Case 830 and JD R all ran just fine.

One thing you will need to do is change your crank case out to a lighter weight oil. My experience was before mutli vis oils and we ran 5 wt so we could get them to turn over. You may want to use Shell Rotella 5W-40 in the winter. Wal Mart and Sams carries it.

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10-11-2006 18:50:21

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 Re: Diesel in reply to ken6554, 10-10-2006 19:17:15  
Depending on where you live, summer and winter diesel may or may not be different. #2 diesel is normally used year-round if temps don't get too cold, otherwise, a blend of #1 and #2 is usually sold in places that do get cold. #2 gels at a higher temp than #1. So, potentially you could have a problem running summer fuel in the winter. In my experience things have to get pretty cold before you have a problem. A running machine will pretty well keep the fuel warm, it's when you've sat outside overnight that you run into problems. When I was in cold country, we ran 50-50 #1/#2 mix in the winter and never had troubles down to 30 below or so.


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10-11-2006 04:30:20

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 Re: Diesel in reply to ken6554, 10-10-2006 19:17:15  
A cup of K-1 per 2 1/2 gallons will cure the jelling problems and make them start a little bit better. Been doing it that way for 40 some years and no problems yet.

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10-10-2006 19:21:10

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 Re: Diesel in reply to ken6554, 10-10-2006 19:17:15  
Theres what is called summer blend and winter blend of diesel. Winter is thinner so it doesn't gel as bad. Other then that I don't know how to explain it

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10-10-2006 19:26:17

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 Re: Diesel in reply to old, 10-10-2006 19:21:10  
So in the winter if it gels it can cause problems?

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10-10-2006 19:32:26

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 Re: Diesel in reply to ken6554, 10-10-2006 19:26:17  
Biggest problem is a no start condidtion, and then when it warms back up it will work ok. I've run summer diesel in the winter but only on warmer days. Sort of like tring to pour honey when its freezeing out and it has been out side. It may pour but it tkaes forever to get it to pour, some works with diesel and it just will not pump to the injectors as it should which I guess could cause other problem but not sure on that. Most of the time if I have a diesel it sits in the winter instead of being run any

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