Modern diesel engines are awesome. Diesel technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in the last 10 years, with increases in power and fuel economy that make them an obvious choice for any tradie who carries loads or just spends a lot of time on the road.
Lately we have been seeing a lot of vehicles coming in with dirty diesel, contamination, diesel bug and water in their fuel. One customer in particular, driving a turbo diesel Toyota Hilux dropped in last week lacking power and blowing smoke. On a closer inspection we found his diesel filter blocked up with diesel bug (a bacteria that grows in diesel and produces a black sludge). After replacing the filter, cleaning the sediment trap and cleaning the tank a quick check of the fuel injector feedback values with the diagnostic computer revealed that 2 of the injectors were badly restricted. The super fine tolerances inside these injectors become blocked and the injector becomes useless. This particular job required replacement of all 4 diesel injectors (at $800 each), a new filter and removing and cleaning the fuel tank. Followed by and antibacterial diesel system treatment and computer re-programming to get running properly... All because of a little bit of dirty diesel.
Unfortunately this kind of thing is happening all the time and the newer the diesel engine, the more badly it is affected by poor quality fuel.
So what's the answer to the problem?
At trade Mechanical we recommend fitting a high quality upgraded pre-filter to your diesel system. These kits can be fitted in less than 1 hour to most makes and models. With a MORE EFFECTIVE water separator and a finer filter going as low as 3 microns (that’s 0.003mm) it is a must have safety feature for your Diesel engine.
Give us a call on 55022894 for an obligation free chat about the best suited pre-filter kit for your vehicle.