Fuel additives are the compounds formulated to enhance the quality and efficiency of fuels used in motor vehicles. They increase the fuel’s octane rating or act as corrosion inhibitors or lubricants, thus allowing the use of higher compression ratios for greater efficiency and power.
The Importance of Fuel Additives
Diesel is derived from the distillation process. Fuels contain a minimum amount of deposit-control additives to prevent a dangerous build-up in-car systems. Technicians call fuel additives as a mechanic in a can, which acts as a solution for various fuel delivery problems. It acts as a quick responding solution to delivery system problems. The topic of fuel additives is often clouded by a lack of definition between the different categories of fuel additives and the conditions they are designed to address.
Facts to be Known!!
We should be aware at first that the modern cars are there now with Plethora sensors and within the engine everything is computerized. The modern car is calibrated with computers, sensors, etc. to ensure proper fuel delivery, ignition timing and opening and closing of exhaust valves so adding in additional fuel mixtures can manipulate the chemistry within the engine decreasing the fuel efficiency or potentially causing damage.
You should know the injection of fuel with direct injection with everything is synchronized and optimized so we get the maximum fuel efficiency and often times the additives will just not work or they will alter the chemistry and actually decrease the fuel efficiency.
The Fuel Additive Business
Additives are the chemicals which meet the industrial need, which converts principally hydrocarbon fuels into heat energy, either to provide transportation or to generate electricity for industrial and domestic consumption. The wide range of products required reflects both the range of fuel types that benefit from the additive use and also the range of performance features that can be improved by its use. Many of operational problems can also be overcome by the use of these additives. These may encounter at the refinery, in distribution systems and storage tanks or in use, for example in numerous different transport applications. Additives are combined with other products to create a multifunctional package for use in finished fuel in the automotive industry. The additive can be used as a single stand-alone product to resolve a specific issue.
What Fuel Additive is Actually Supposed to Do?
Fuel additive is very much useful in resolving car issues. But how much of that is true, and how much is it just a good old-fashioned marketing magic?
Whether or not a fuel additive will make any difference to your car depends on a couple of things: the type of additive you are considering, and whether or not your car actually needs it. If your car could benefit from one of the few additives that actually offers a tangible benefit, then sure go right ahead. In earlier days vintage car(like from the 1970s or before) was designed to run on leaded gasoline, we already know that there are additives that are lead-free, and claims for smooth car run. Whether or not these additives actually does what they claim remains to be seen, but they won’t hurt. Additive increases the longevity of a vehicle’s diesel injection system.
When to Use Fuel Additives!!
In cold Diesel engine can congeal in the tank and in the fuel lines which can also hamper performance somewhat until it comes to running temperature. In that case, we apply anti-gelling fuel additives to help diesel engine to run smoothly. To help car startups after sending a car into storage for a long time, fuel stabilizers are the good recommendation.
And if your car is old (like at least a couple of years outside the manufacturer’s warranty) it may occasionally benefit from a dose of fuel injector cleaner added to the gas tank. Diesel is derived from the distillation process, it is organic hydrocarbon extract. When it is passed from advanced fuel water separator and magnetic fuel conditioner, it gives diesel free from water, particulates, and microbes, which increase FIP and fuel filter life.
When not to Use Fuel Additive!!
There are benefits to using fuel additives. But it is important to choose the right additive and to have realistic expectations. If a car is brand new, and running smoothly then no need of any additives. Addition of additives is not good always. However, in cold it’s necessary to add additives so that the engine performance wouldn’t get hampered and it help diesel engine to run smoothly.
Type of Fuel Additives
There are many types of fuel additives which protect and cleans diesel fuel pumps and injectors. Each additive aims to relieve a different pain product and in running helps engine smoothly. Here are few of the most common types of fuel additives and what they do.
- Fuel stabilizers – Maintains fuel’s efficacy during periods of use. It also prevents hard starting due to gas separation and engine corrosion in seasonal vehicles like boats and RVs
- Octane boosters – Designed to increase the fuel’s octane rating. To protect cast iron valve they include a lubricant.
- Fuel injector cleaners – It protects fuel injectors from the gumming properties of Ethanol. In cold weather clogged fuel injectors perform poorly.
- Anti-gel diesel additive – It helps in reducing hard starting during extremely low temperature. They are designed to unclog diesel filters only.
Fuel Additive User Benefits
The range of benefits to the user accruing from the fuel additives is very significant and includes:
- Cost saving – protection of fuel tanks, pipelines and other equipment from massively expensive corrosion.
- Protection of fuel system equipment in diesel and jet engines from catastrophic premature wear
- Revenue enhancing – cold flow improvement in middle distillates, maximizing use of high-value kerosene for jet fuel
- To increase the storage life of fuels it is helpful
- Performance enhancement – fuel saving optimized vehicle performance and economy
- Emissions reduction from fuel system cleanliness and combustion optimization
Do Take the Caution
It’s not like additive is always good for the engine, too much of any particular fuel additive may damage sensors and other features. You will end up spending more in the long run than you would have dealt with typical deposit damage. So select the right additive.