Aren’t filters enough to keep my fuel system clean?

December 13th, 2009

Removing waste and detrimental particles from your fuel prior to passing into the engine is always a desirable goal.  Yet filtration alone is not enough.  While a centrifuge, separator or filter will help, the better alternative is to stop, prohibit or reverse the fuel breakdown process.  Proper fuel conditioning can put an end to this problem leaving you with the desired fuel consistency and composition for your engine.

The sludge-like layer found on most walls and baffles in a storage tank will not be affected or removed with the use of an engine filter or an external filtration system.  Further, biocides developed to kill living organisms are mostly ineffective.  Where filtration is a reactive solution to this situation, fuel conditioning is a pre-emptive and effective approach.

The principle goal of a filter is to physically block inert materials from continuing in a flowing liquid.  Items such as dust, sand and rust can easily be removed using a filter.  However, as fuel breaks down resulting in organic debris, any material will cause obstructions in the liquid stream.  As fuel begins to form solid particles, the filter elements can clog, become less efficient, or stop functioning altogether.

An important component of an efficient and clean fuel system is a water separator for removing free-water in fuel. This device is actually critical in any diesel application, and many recognized and effective Filter/Water separators are availalbe for purchase.

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