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  • Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Testing Results - Winter Formula

  • ATF, 2 Stroke, or Power Steering Fluid for Diesel Additive?

    Using an 'alternative product' is an idea that has been around for a long time, but it raises the question, “Does it really help?” Many people find the quality of diesel fuel questionable, even when fueling at their station of choice. At Opti-Lube we occasionally meet people who have questionable ideas about adding...
  • Emulsifier vs. Demulsifier

    For years there has been a spirited discussion regarding the use of either an emulsifier or a emulsifier in fuel additives. Diesel people and additive producers often have strong opinions. In order to better decide between the two, let’s first look at the differences that set each of them apart. Arguments on...
  • What is a Micron?

    Despite their small size, microns play a big role in diesel performance. Here we learn why. A micron is a very small linear measurement. Why does this matter to us? Microns are the most commonly used measurement for fuel filters. Fuel filters vary in ‘micron size’: from 30 microns all the way down to 2...
  • What Happened to ULSD’s Lubrication?

    By now all of us are at least mildly familiar with Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel and its affect on lubrication. However there is still a lot of confusion as to why the change was made and how sulfur content can affect lubricity, so lets take a moment for a brief overview. Is sulfur...
  • Diesel Fuel and the Refinery Process

    Learn how crude oil is transformed into different types of fuel, and in this case, diesel fuel. CONVERTING CRUDE OIL All petroleum based products start as crude oil. Crude oil is a naturally occurring liquid made up of different kinds of hydrocarbons that are formed in chains of varying lengths. Through a process called...
  • Ford 6.0L Power Stroke Issues - Why?

    At Opti-Lube we hear a lot about injection problems and failures in the 6.0L Power Stroke. The question is why? 3 MAIN ISSUES - DESIGN, LACK OF MAINTENANCE, AND PILOT INJECTION Two reasons for issues are the design the injectors in the 6.0L and lack of proper maintenance. Many people do not realize...
  • Why the switch? Direct vs. Common Rail Injection

    Direct injection has been used in diesel engines since the mid-1950s. These powerful systems were by far the most commonly used system for decades. So why do we now see the switch to Common Rail Injection systems? Lets consider a general working overview of both systems. DIRECT INJECTION - Direct injection systems pump diesel...
  • The Rundown on DPF Systems

    There are variables to this description of the DPF system and ‘regen’ process. However this will give you a general overview of the DPF system and working process. WHAT IS A DPF SYSTEM? DPF or Diesel Particulate Filter is an emissions after-treatment control system designed to remove soot (technically ‘diesel particulate matter’) from the...
  • Creating your own custom additive

    Here at Opti-Lube we are commonly asked if our Diesel Fuel Additives are safe to mix. The  simple answer is YES. Opti-Lube Additives are completely compatible allowing you to mix or create a formula specific to your fuel needs or goals. Let’s consider a few questions you may have about mixing products. WHY...

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