Petrol or diesel fuel water contamination is a big problem – but how does it get there in the first place?
When the fuel in your tank cools down at night and then warms up during the day, condensation is formed and it has no way to escape. Over time this can lead to an accumulation of water in your tank – not to mention that fuel companies can sell fuel with up to 3% water before they do anything about it.
Fuel that has been left stagnant for some time can attract water so if you’re not filling up from a pump make sure you drain any water from the fuel before putting it in your tank.
So How Can You Avoid Diesel Fuel Water Contamination?
Adding cold fuel to a warm gas tank significantly increases condensation so where possible fill up at night or early morning. This will not only reduce condensation nut you’ll get more for your money too – fuel at a lower temperature is denser than warmer fuel!
Buy fuel from busy petrol stations. The busier the petrol station the more regular the fuel will be changed – reducing the risk of water contamination. Fresh fuel provides more energy than older fuel too so it’s an added bonus!
Practice good housekeeping of your car. Drain your petrol tank regularly and ensure the cap fits tightly to prevent the loss of petrol fumes.
What if Water Gets Into Your Fuel?
If you’re checking your fuel and fuel tank regularly you should spot the signs of petrol or diesel fuel water contamination pretty quickly. Keep an eye out for cloudy fuel or a foul smell or a build up of sludge in your fuel tank. Decreased fuel performance, excessive smoke and a loss of engine power and RPM can also be indicative of diesel fuel water contamination.
The next course of action is to drain off as much water as possible. While this gets the majority of the water out there could still be some left at the bottom of the tank and diesel bug could have already started to occur – so treat your fuel with an active fuel treatment such as Coval Aquasolve which will eliminate the rest of the water contamination.
Diesel bug survives on the energy in fuel and uses the oxygen present in water for respiration. Without water it’s impossible for the bacteria to survive, so removing all traces is essential. Coval Aquasolve works at a molecular level; it breaks down the bonds of the water and fuel compounds and allows the two liquids to bond together to form a stable solution that has absolutely no presence of water.
There is no other fuel additive on the market that does this – Coval Aquasolve is completely unique and best of all, it really works. Check out our testimonials from happy customers!