WOW…. This sample was pulled from a fuel depot at a very large county school bus garage system. They called in a panic saying they had big increases in bus maintenance. The lead mechanic indicated that they could not keep injectors for their bus engines on the shelf. Buses that were almost new were breaking down. What was the cause – BAD FUEL! Fuel depots were surveyed and samples were taken of each tank. Not one passed. They were all just as bad as the next. One sample that contained bio-diesel had turned rancid.
Unfortunately, this is the story often witnessed. Unaware that fuel has a very short life span and is associated with an assortment of problems if left unmanaged, many tank owners and operators are experiencing the same problem. FACT – fuel must be managed! Water, contaminants and microbial growth are all a serious problem. If a fuel quality management program is not in place, then bad fuel will almost certainly cause catastrophic increases in equipment and engine maintenance resulting in failure and liablities.
First, take a good bottom sample of the fuel. If the visual sample is failing, then something must be done to clean the tank and fuel. Minimally contaminated fuel might be mediated with chemical additives. However, it is likely tank and fuel cleaning must be done which often includes a fuel additive or biocide. Check out Dixon Pumps website. We can provide you with the cleaning equipment and the training to take care of the problem. Don’t have a fuel sampler, go to our online store and purchase one. In need of biocides or quality fuel additives, we also sell Biobor products.